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Traumatic Loss: New Understandings, New Directions

This program will be presented on Tuesday, May 21 by John R. Jordan, PhD at Arkansas State University as part of The Billy Joe Emerson Grief Seminar sponsored by the ASU College of Nursing & Health Professions & NEA Baptist Charitable Foundation Hope Circle. Dr. Jordan is a noted clinician, researcher, writer and presenter in the areas of traumatic loss and grief. The location of the program is the ASU Fowler Center, 201 Olympic Drive, Jonesboro, AR 72401 and time is 8:30 am-4:00 pm. There is no fee but registration is required and seating is limited. For more information, email sjwilson@astate.edu or call Dr. Susan Hanrahan, 870-972-3112 or June Morse, 870-934-5214.

Camp Healing Hearts

Camp Healing Hearts is a free family-oriented grief camp for children ages 5-18 and their families and a program of Kaleidoscope Grief Center. Caregiver participation is required and limited day care for children under 5 will be available on request. Camp begins Friday evening, May 17th and concludes Saturday, May 18th. Camp Healing Hearts will be located at Camp Aldersgate in Little Rock and overnight stay at the camp is optional. To register, volunteer or for more information, call 501-978-5437 or email jbreen@methodistfamily.org.

Alliance for Grief and Loss

The Alliance for Grief and Loss is an informal coalition of helping professionals interested in grief and loss issues. All meetings have a program related to grief and loss and are brown-bag lunch meetings in the East Campus Building at Arkansas Children's Hospital, 11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m. on the last Monday of the month (unless otherwise noted). Please email goodmourning@archildrens.org for more information or to be added to the email mailing list for the Alliance for Grief and Loss. Certificates of attendance are provided each time. All are welcome.

April 17
Wed, noon-3:30

Improving Care for Veterans; Facing Illness and Death

Hospice Foundation DVD

May 20

Book Review and Discussion: The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down: A Hmong Child, Her American Doctors, and the Collision of Two Cultures by Anne Fadiman

Greg Adams, facilitator

Compassionate Friends of Northeast Arkansas Memorial Balloon Release

May 18, 2013 at the Loose Caboose event in Paragould, AR.
Filling balloons starts at 11:00 am and release will be at noon with a small ceremony on the main stage. Public is invited. For more information, please use the following contact information:

Toni Baker, Chapter Leader
The Compassionate Friends of Northeast Arkansas
2703 Stonegate Drive
Paragould, AR 72450
870-476-6025
tcfofnortheastarkansas@yahoo.com

Meetings are held the 2nd Thursday of each month in the Conference Room at Southside Community Church -- up on the hill from the church by the office. 2211 Jones Road, Paragould, AR

Good Mourning Grief Support Groups

Good Mourning Grief Support Groups are for any child or teen, ages pre-K through high school, who has experienced a death of a family member or friend. There are also support groups available for the adults in the family. There is no charge for the program, but a completed application is required for each child or teen. For fall 2013, the Parent Orientation will be Tuesday, March September 24, at 6:00 p.m., and all groups begin Tuesday, October 1, at 6:00 p.m. For an application or more information, go to www.goodmourningcenter.org or call 501-364-7000.


NATIONAL EDUCATION OPPORTUNITIES


35th Annual Conference of the Association for Death Education and Counseling (ADEC),www.adec.org

Reframing Images of Grief: Identity Transformation Through Loss
April 24-27, 2013
Pre-Conference Institute: April 23 - 24
Loews Hollywood Hotel, Hollywood, CA USA
Association of Death Education and Counseling (ADEC) Webinars www.adec.org

Using (Self-) Hypnosis to Explore Questions About Life After Life: Facilitating NDE-Like Changes Without the Flat Lines
Paul Schenk, PsyD
Wednesday, May 15, 2013
Noon - 1:30 p.m. CDT

A Practitioner's Guide to Care of the Dying
Louis Gamino, PhD, ABPP, FT
Wednesday, June 19, 2013
Noon - 1:30 p.m. CDT

Webinars are held from noon to 1:30 p.m. U.S. Central Time. Check your time zone and avoid registering for a Webinar that is incompatible with your local schedule. ADEC is not responsible for miscalculations relating to the call time in your area.

Note: Registration will close 10 minutes prior to the Webinar to ensure that all registrants receive dial-in instructions on time.

Bereaved Parents-USA National Gathering

July 26-38
Sacramento, CA
www.bereavedparentsusa.org

Compassionate Friends National/International Conference

July 5-7
Boston, MA
www.compassionatefriends.org

Hospice Foundation of America

www.hospicefoundation.org

HFA Spring Program

Improving Care for Veterans Facing Illness and Death

The service, rigors, values and experiences inherent to serving in the U.S. military help shape and define a veteran's life. As veterans age, these factors may also directly influence how veterans approach serious illness and confront their own deaths. For some veterans, the pride of having served their country serves as a source of comfort at the end of life. For others, particularly veterans who served in dangerous duty assignments or combat, memories and associations of those experiences may complicate the dying process. The distinct cultural and social experiences of each war can bring additional challenges--the stoicism associated with service may be a barrier to WWII vets in accepting effective pain management; the disrespect once shown to returning Vietnam veterans may still be felt by those veterans at the end of life. One in four deaths in the United States today is that of a veteran. Given the fact that 80 percent of veterans will die in the care of healthcare institutions outside of the Veterans Administration Healthcare System, there is a need to increase understanding of veterans' needs in all healthcare settings, and particularly those that will care for dying veterans. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, in 2010, there were 21.8 million veterans in the US; 9 million of those veterans were 65 and older. That number will grow as the overall population ages.

This 3-hour continuing education program (2.5 hour educational video and 30 minute local discussion) is designed to assist end-of-life care provider organizations and health and human service professionals in enhancing their sensitivities and understanding of veterans and to provide professionals with new interventions to better serve dying veterans and their families. Particular attention is placed on veteran generations now aging and most likely to be seen in end-of-life care (WWII, Korean War, Vietnam). In addition to individual interventions, the program also will look organizationally at military benefits and intersections with VA systems. Finally, the program explores the traditions and sensitivities of grieving families and resources that can assist them. The information provided by the expert panel will be useful to clinicians, administrators, and other staff working in hospice and palliative care, hospitals, long-term care and assisted living facilities.

Benefits:

  • Simple to host a site; a detailed step-by-step manual is provided to organizers
  • Fast, convenient learning without any out-of-office time lost
  • No travel-related expenses or complications
  • The perfect way to train as many employees as you like
  • Use as a networking opportunity, community event, or professional education

Expert Panelists

  • Scott T. Shreve, DO, National Director, Hospice of Palliative Care, Dept. of Veterans Affairs
  • Deborah Grassman, ARNP, Author, Lecturer, Consultant, Dept. of Veterans Affairs
  • Kenneth J. Doka, PhD, MDiv, Professor of Gerontology, The College of New Rochelle, and Senior Consultant, Hospice Foundation of America
  • Paul Tschudi, MA, EdS, LPC, Assistant Professor/Director, The George Washington University, and Vietnam veteran
  • Ryan Weller, MSW, LCSW, Palliative Care Program Manager, Portland VA Medical Center

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this program, participants will be able to:

  1. Describe the unique components of military culture and experiences;
  2. Define Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and indicate ways that PTSD might affect veterans at varied points within the lifecycle;
  3. Differentiate the unique experiences and health risks of the following veteran cohorts – WWII, Korea, and Vietnam War military veterans;
  4. Discuss different issues that might arise in end-of-life care of veterans such as pain management, trauma and PTSD, and forgiveness;
  5. Discuss sensitivities and interventions, such as reminiscence and life review that enhance counseling to veterans and their families.
  6. Describe the varied systems of care that might serve veterans at the end of life and discuss the ways that policies and systems could enhance care;
  7. Describe the lessons and insights professionals may glean from caring for veterans that might have general implications for the broader population of non-veterans and end-of-life care.

Continuing Education

Continuing education (CE) credits are required for many health care and other professionals in order to renew a license. Offering and publicizing the availability of CEs will help you attract audience members! This program is valid for three (3) hours of CE credit (available online only); until April 17, 2014.

National Alliance for Grieving Children Annual Symposium

June 20-22
Phoenix, AZ
www.childrengrieve.org

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