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Trauma-Informed End-of-Life Care

May 11, 2017
2:00 – 3:00 pm ET

CE/CME Information

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Webinar Description

Over the course of a lifetime, most Americans will experience at least one psychologically traumatic event. Though most will not develop PTSD, a significant percentage will. Others may be impacted in less obvious ways which can affect one’s sense of self, safety or ability to trust. The diagnosis of a terminal illness can quickly activate or intensify underlying traumatic wounds, heighten defenses or layer new traumas associated with things like medical care or loss of control on top of those which already exist. Identifying those patients whose care and quality of life are being compromised by such concerns is essential. This Webinar will explore the origins of PTSD and subclinical PTSD, its potential impact on trauma survivors, the ways illness can complicate effective coping, relational harmony and care at end of life, and how hospice and palliative care professionals can help.    

Webinar Objectives

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

  • Explain how the experience of a traumatic event or events can create a heightened biological and psychological response to perceived threats associated with the trauma
  • Describe how unhealed psychological trauma can be activated or intensified by trauma reminders and triggers associated with terminal illness and hospice care
  • Implement at least three strategies for identifying and better assisting patients who have some level of traumatic stress symptomatology (whether or not diagnosed with PTSD)


Scott Janssen, MA, MSW, LCSW

Scott is a Clinical Social Worker with Hospice and Palliative Care Center of Alamance-Caswell in Burlington, NC and has been a hospice social worker for 25 years. His interest in serving hospice patients and family members struggling with the effects of psychological trauma grew out of his commitment to serving combat veterans (many of whom have some level of unresolved trauma and unprocessed traumatic grief). He has been trained in Somatic Experiencing, a somatic approach to healing trauma as well as other modalities and has written several articles about working with veterans and other survivors of trauma at the end of life. Scott is an Editorial Advisor for the magazine Social Work Today and continues to write about PTSD at the end of life as well as many other topics related to hospice and clinical social work practice. His book, Standing at Lemhi Pass: Archetypal Stories for the End of Life and other Challenging Times, explores the uses of stories with hospice patients and families.

Counselor: The National Hospice and Palliative Care has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 6232. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. NHPCO is solely responsible for all aspects of the program. 

Nurse: NHPCO is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

NHPCO designates this live activity for a maximum of 1 contact hours. Nurses should claim only the contact hours 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.

Physician: The National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

NHPCO designates this live activity for a maximum of 1 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 and physician, 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, social workers, spiritual care givers, etc.

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