Palliative care & hospice chaplain convening, San Diego, March 2020

From our colleague Allison Kestenbaum at UC San Diego Health:

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Chaplain Learning & Networking Luncheon at the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine Annual Assembly in San Diego, March 18, 2020. Full invitation and registration information will be distributed in late December.  


“Taking the Lead in Difficult Conversations” – Rev. Katy Hyman,  MDiv, BCC, VitalTalk Faculty & Program Coordinator for Palliative Care at Memorial Care Long Beach Medical Center in Long Beach, CA

Professional palliative care chaplains easily explore emotion, assess spiritual distress, and address existential angst with people facing serious and life-limiting illness.  However, some chaplains may be less comfortable assessing values that directly impact a person’s medical treatment plan.  Historically, we have been encouraged to stay away from medical topics and have been underrepresented in goals of care conversations.  With the rise of palliative care we need to hone our skills in facilitating goals of care conversations with people and their families.  

By the end of this session, participants will be able to:

  • Navigate a conversation map for exploring goals of care and connecting those values to a clinical treatment plan.
  • Transition from exploration of spirituality and emotions to exploration of values and concerns that impact medical decisions.
  • Clearly communicate patient/family values back to physicians and the interprofessional team.

“Nurturing the Future of Palliative Care & Hospice Chaplaincy” –  Discussion led by Chaplain Allison Kestenbaum, BCC, ACPE, Sojourns Scholar, UC San Diego Health 

Spiritual care is critical to good palliative care. Specially trained chaplains skillfully support palliative care teams around the country, enhancing care for thousands of patients and their loved ones. Others are involved in innovative efforts in education, research and advocacy. This discussion will focus on: 

  • Ways that our field can support existing palliative care chaplaincy efforts 
  • Investment in cohesive education and credentialing 
  • Exploration of common goals, opportunities and challenges

This event made possible through the generosity of the Cambia Health Foundation, UC San Diego Health Doris A. Howell Palliative Care and Transforming Chaplaincy. For more information please contact akestenbaum@ucsd.edu.