Course Description

The goal of this course is to explore the unique needs of Holocaust survivors and to discuss best practices in assessment and intervention within the theoretical framework of PTSD as it impacts advanced illness and the end of life. More than 70 years after the end of World War II, Holocaust Survivors represent a population with unique needs and issues poorly understood by healthcare professionals. Clinicians and professional providers, whose mission it is to manage pain and suffering, need to understand these issues so they can provide culturally sensitive care.

CE/CME Offered
Nurse, Physician and Non-Physician Healthcare Professional

1.0 hours


      • Discuss best practices in developing plans of care when working with Holocaust survivors
      • Identify common emotional triggers and their impact on end-of-life care for Holocaust survivors
      • Identify best practices for healthcare providers in working with survivors of the Holocaust, trauma, or war
      • Identify key research findings and learning opportunities from the Holocaust literature

Subject Matter Expert

Toby Weiss

Toby Weiss is Director of Cultural Sensitivity and Jewish Programming for MJHS Hospice and Palliative Care. She oversees multiple grant funded programs charged with community outreach to improve access to hospice palliative care. Toby educates clinicians and caregivers about the special needs of Holocaust Survivors and Jewish Orthodox communities when facing advanced and serious illness. Toby is a member of the MJHS ethics committee and the NHPCO national diversity council. She chairs the ‘We Honor Veterans’ initiative, a collaboration between NHPCO and the VA, and led MJHS to achieve the distinction of Level 4 Partner status. Toby’s expertise in developing educational and outreach programs reaches into all culturally unique communities served by MJHS, and builds bridges of understanding that reduce barriers to accessing care and embrace the needs of all who are seriously ill. She presents widely and has participated in development and dissemination of multiple peer reviewed educational tools and resources for clinicians who care for Holocaust Survivors and Jewish community. Of particular importance, is the MJHS Guidebook for Clinicians entitled ‘Caring for Holocaust Survivors with Sensitivity at End of Life.’

Her education includes a Master’s Degree in Human Resources Management and Organizational Development from the Robert J. Milano Graduate School of Management and Urban Policy of the New School University, and a Bachelor’s degree in Marketing and Merchandising from Stern College for Women of Yeshiva University. She is an active member of the Chevra Kadisha in Queens, NY and is a board member of Plaza Community Chapels in NYC.

Faculty: Tobi Weis has no relevant financial relationships to disclose. Planners: Barbara Bouton, MA, FT; Colleen Fleming-Damon, PhDc, APRN-BC, ACHPN-BC, CT; Steven R. Gardner, MPA, PAHM;, Myra Glajchen, DSW; Jennifer Kennedy, RN, MA, BSN, CHC; Karen Richards, PhD, EdS and Judith A. Skretny have no relevant financial relationships to disclose. Russell K. Portenoy, MD, has disclosed a relationship with Pfizer Inc. for departmental research grant support.

CE/CME Credit Hours

1.0 Contact Hours

1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™


In order to complete this online activity and obtain CE/CME credit, participants must view the course in its entirety, correctly answer all case studies and quiz/test questions (as appropriate) and complete the evaluation. You will have 90 days to access this course from the date of purchase.


NHPCO is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. NHPCO designates this enduring material for a maximum of 1.0 contact hour. Nurses should claim only the contact hour commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. Accredited status by ANCC refers only to continuing nursing education and does not imply endorsement of any commercial product discussed in conjunction with this activity.

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization and MJHS. The National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians. NHPCO designates this enduring material for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Certificate of Participation for Non-physician Healthcare Professionals
For participants* whose disciplines are other than counselor, nurse, physician, and social worker, you may request a Certificate of Participation for Non-physician Healthcare Professionals to submit to your accrediting bodies/licensing boards for continuing education credit. This certificate will indicate the Webinar was certified for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s) TM. It is the responsibility of participants to submit the certificates to their accrediting bodies/licensing boards for approval. Unfortunately, NHPCO cannot guarantee its acceptance. To receive this certificate, you must complete all CE/CME requirements and indicate your desire to receive this certificate on the evaluation form. *including bereavement professionals, finance professionals, physician assistants, spiritual care givers, etc.


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Release Date
April 30, 2017

Expiration Date
April 30, 2020