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2013 Virtual Conference


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NHPCO’s 2013 Virtual Conference will focus on the loss, grief and bereavement needs of patients, families and communities and teach methods of responding in ways that facilitate healthy adaptation and coping.

The experiences and many ways that loss, grief and bereavement permeate, impact, influence and define the end-of-life experience will comprise the innovative and cutting-edge content of this event. The conference will improve professionals’, volunteers’ and community’s abilities to respond appropriately to the needs of children, teens, adults, families, faith communities, school community, the healthcare community and beyond through the provision of extensive and intensive intermediate (for the proficient) and advanced (for the expert) educational sessions.

The conference will take place entirely online in “real time,” live through the Internet. All conference sessions (plenary, concurrent and Ignite! sessions) will be accessed through a conference website.

This “live” via the Internet conference will highlight the programs, strategies, approaches and innovations you have developed to address loss, grief and bereavement needs. NHPCO will provide presentations that raise the caliber of the programs and services that are provided highlight successes, challenges, insights, creative approaches and experiences in assessing, teaching, empowering, supporting, acknowledging, counseling and connecting patients, family, caregivers and community partners.

Registered conference sites will have access to the conference content for three months allowing an organization to use the educational sessions in any number of in-service or outreach events that fit their schedules.

Conference Objectives

At the completion of this conference, participants will be able to:

  • Define and describe best practices in meeting loss, grief and bereavement needs; 
  • Teach advanced skills for addressing the loss, grief and bereavement needs of patients, families, caregivers and communities; 
  • Demonstrate measurable outcomes in effectively responding to loss, grief and bereavement needs;
  • Distinguish specific practice approaches employed by individuals and interdisciplinary teams to address grief, loss and bereavement needs; 
  • Improve the quality of evidence-based, ethical, effective and efficient care that addresses loss, grief and bereavement needs;
  • Increase knowledge and competency in the assessment of patient, family and community needs with respect to loss, grief and bereavement;
  • Create new approaches to address loss, grief and bereavement needs;
  • Expand the competence of professionals in meeting the grief, loss and bereavement needs of diverse populations (including all ages/stages of life and cultural/ethnic groups);
  • Discuss collaborative and partnership approaches to address loss, grief and bereavement needs of patients, families and communities
  • Identify regulatory requirements and develop approaches to ensure compliance;
  • Strengthen networking among hospice and palliative care professionals.

What’s included?

NHPCO’s 2013 Virtual Conference will provide an array of offerings through numerous venues to help individuals, teams and organizations advance their ability to address loss, grief and bereavement needs and to facilitate professional networking, including: 

  • Plenary sessions featuring national speakers (in a live-broadcast format)
  • Concurrent sessions (Webinar format)
  • IGNITE! sessions –brief, focused innovative presentations using a new, cutting edge IGNITE! educational format (Webinar format; described below)
  • Opportunities for participating programs to invite community collaborators, partners and stakeholders to participate in content geared specifically for them in celebration of National Hospice Month
  • Real-time networking in easy-to-use “discussion forums”
  • A virtual Exhibit Hall featuring products and services of interest to participants 

2013 Virtual Conference Faculty Website (Information for Faculty Only)