Recovery-Healing-Compassion; Supporting Grieving Children and Reiki for Palliative Care

November 19, 2020

Please join Family Hospice and the UPMC Palliative and Supportive Institute for the third annual Hospice and Palliative Care Symposium.

Caring for the Seriously Ill in a Physically Distant Culture

This year’s symposium takes virtual form and is being offered as a series of four weekly educational sessions throughout the month of November.

This session will focus on the support and resources available for grieving children affected by loss during these physically distant times while also understanding how to validate their responses to a pandemic.  Additionally, content will address the benefits of complementary medicine many patients are now utilizing such as meditation, energy medicine, essential oils and the like.  An overview of reiki therapy will be presented, including its history, how it works, and how it may be used for those under palliative or hospice care.

Target Audience

Clinical health professionals, physicians, nurse, social workers and advanced practitioners are encouraged to attend. 

Learning Objectives

Speaker 1. "The Ok's of COVID-19: Supporting Grieving Children"
Learning objectives
1. The participant will identify support and resources available to children affected by loss in a physically distant time
2. The participant will be able validate the responses of the grieving child

Speaker 2. "Overview of Reiki in Palliative Care"
Learning objectives
1. The participant will voice an understanding of the history of Reiki Therapy and how it works
2. The participant will be able to list three types of patients or symptoms that Reiki Therapy may help to lessen or alleviate
3. The participant will gain knowledge of how to obtain a Reiki visit at Shadyside Hospital or Hillman Cancer Center. If not practicing in either of these areas, the participant will consider where they might find a Practitioner in their practice setting

Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 2.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
    The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
  • 2.00 ANCC
    UPMC Provider Unit is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation
  • 2.00 Attendance
Course opens: 
10/01/2020
Course expires: 
11/19/2020
Event starts: 
11/19/2020 - 11:00am
Event ends: 
11/19/2020 - 7:00pm
Microsoft TEAMS Live Virtual
Pittsburgh, PA
United States

Keynote Speaker: Edo Banach, JD - President and CEO, NHPCO

Moderator: Dr. Keith Lagnese, MD, FAAHPM, HMDC Chief Medical Officer, Family Hospice of UPMC

Medical Director, UPMC Home Healthcare of Western PA 

Melodie Ray, MSW, Healing Patch Coordinator, Home Nursing Agency

Rebecca Hoelsken, CRNP, CRM, Nurse Practitioner, Palliative and Supportive
Care, UPMC Shadyside

Presenters are experts in their fields of practice and on the cutting edge of advancing care and treatment for the most fragile patients. This is an excellent educational opportunity for physicians, PAs, RNs, CRNPs, MSWs, spiritual care staff and healthcare administrators.

Conflict of Interest Disclosure:  No members of the planning committee, speakers, presenters, authors, content reviewers and/or anyone else in a position to control the content of this education activity have relevant financial relationships with any entity producing, marketing, re-selling, or distributing health care goods or services, used on, or consumed by, patients to disclose.

In support of improving patient care, the University of Pittsburgh is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.

As a Jointly Accredited Organization, University of Pittsburgh is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved under this program. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. University of Pittsburgh maintains responsibility for this course. Social workers completing this course receive 2.0 continuing education credits.

Available Credit

  • 2.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
    The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
  • 2.00 ANCC
    UPMC Provider Unit is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation
  • 2.00 Attendance
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