Upcoming Live Programs

All of HFA's programs for the 2018-2019 program year are listed below. All webinar programs are held from 12:00-1:30 pm ET. 
January 15, 2019 - Cultural and Spiritual Competency in End-of-Life Care - Register here
Can you competently respect and deal with cultural and spiritual diversity?  This webinar teaches participants ways both to understand a client’s spirituality and culture as well as ways that they can empower clients to effectively utilize their spiritual strengths in coping with illness, loss and grief.
  • Nora Luna, M.Ed., Director of Diversity and Grant Funding, Nathan Adelson Hospice
  • Kristopher Halsey, DDiv, PhD, Bereavement Services Manager, VITAS Healthcare
  • Moderated by The Rev. Paul A. Metzler, D.Min
February 19, 2019 - Funerals and Beyond: Using Rituals to Support Grieving Youth
Rituals represent one of the oldest and most resilient tools that humans have used to deal with death. Even in Neolithic times, there is evidence of elaborate rituals used to bury the dead. Even rituals can be a powerful tool to help children and adolescents deal with loss. This webinar explores the ways that funerals and therapeutic ritual can support grieving youth.
  • Pamela Gabbay, Ed.D, FT, The Satori Group
  • Brad Speaks, President and CEO, Speaks Family Legacy Chapels
Released March 12, 2019 - Living with Grief® - Aging America: Coping with Loss, Dying, and Death in Later LifeLearn More
America is aging at a rapid rate with 10,000 people in the U.S. turning 65 every day. Medicare is expected to include 80 million enrollees by 2040. How can mental health professionals, healthcare providers, clergy, bereavement counselors, and the wider community support the growing number of aging Americans through their losses, grief, and healthcare challenges in later life?
  • Kenneth J. Doka, PhD, MDiv, The College of New Rochelle
  • Patricia Murphy, PhD, APN, FAAN, FPCN, Rutgers-New Jersey Medical School
  • Brian de Vries, PhD, Professor Emeritus, San Francisco State University
  • Moderated by: Frank Sesno, Director, George Washington University

May 21, 2019 - Managing Difficult Family Dynamics During Illness and Death
The very definition of hospice care centers on family-centered care. Yet this can be very complicated when dealing with difficult or dysfunctional families during the crises of a family member’s terminal illness.  This webinar assists hospice and other professionals in assessing difficult families and offers strategies for effectively working with such families as they cope with illness and loss.
  • Karla Washington, PhD, University of Missouri
  • Moderated by Kenneth J. Doka, PhD, MDiv, The College of New Rochelle

June 18, 2019 - Best Practices in Counseling Survivors of Sudden and Traumatic Loss 
Sudden and traumatic loss complicates the grieving process. In this webinar, participants explore factors unique factors in sudden and  traumatic loss as well as effective strategies for assisting survivors of such devastating death.
  • Terese Rando, PhD, BCETS, BCBT, The Institute for the Study and Treatment of Loss
  • Bret Moore, PsyD, Author, Educator, and Military Mental Health Consultant

Available On Demand:

#grief: Social Media and Mourning Register here 

Both adolescents and adults are using social media both to explore and to cope with grief. This webinar reviews the strengths and limitations of social media – offering sage advice to counselors on ways to monitor and utilize social media with their clients.

  • Kelly Rossetto, PhD, Boise State University
  • Michelle Post, MA, LMFT, CTBS, Manager of Donor Family Aftercare, OneLegacy  
Exploring Complementary Pain Management Techniques in End-of-Life Care - Register here
Individuals seek non-pharmacological interventions such as complementary/alternative medicine (CAM) for end-of-life care as an adjunct to conventional medicine to assist in symptom management and improve quality of life. This webinar focuses on the concept of "total pain" and highlights techniques such as aromatherapy and massage, to further support dying patients.  
  • Michelle Sproat, DNP, APRN, FNP-BC, NP-C, JD
  • Moderated by: Marian Grant, ACNP-BC, ACHPN, FPCN, RN, Senior Regulatory Advisor for C-TAC
Supporting Disenfranchised Grievers - Register here
What happens when grief cannot be openly acknowledged, socially sanctioned, or publicly mourned? The webinar explores the contexts and causes of disenfranchised grief as well as complications arising from disenfranchisement.  A strong emphasis of the presentation is on interventive strategies that can enfranchise grief.
  • Kenneth J. Doka, PhD, MDiv, The College of New Rochelle 
  • Dale Larson, PhD, Santa Clara University
November 13, 2018 Put Your Own Oxygen Mask on First: Self-Care for Hospice and Palliative Care Professionals - Register here (This webinar is free for HFA members)
Who cares for the caregiver? In this webinar, participants explore individual and systemic sources of stress that they may experience as they deal with clients who are dying as well as individual and organizational strategies for self care.
  • Kathleen Bixby, MSN, RN, CHPN
  • Kathleen Burkhart, MSN, ANP-C, FAANP