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Courses & Programs


Courses & Programs


In-Person CE Conference – Join us!

Meet the Experts and Engage in Case-Based Discussions

Psychological Tools to Support

Complex Patient Care

DATE:  Saturday, April 27, 2024

TIME:  8:30 am – 3:00 pm CT

LOCATION:  Malcolm X Conference Center, 1900 W. Jackson, Chicago, IL

PARKING:  Free on-site garage


CEUs:  Up to 4.75 credits available for nurses and social workers

Continental breakfast and box lunches will be provided.
Pre-registration is required.  Refunds are not available.
On-site registration will not be available.

Co-hosted by The HAP Foundation


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  • Understanding and Addressing Mental Health Disparities and Stigma in Serious Illness 
    James Gerhart, PhD, Central Michigan University
  • The 5 Keys to Caregiver Survival: Clinicians are Caregivers Too
    Cheryl Woodson, MD
  • Loss in an ICU – How Healthcare Providers Can Support Grieving Family Members
    Jared Greenberg, MD, Rush University Medical Center, Chicago, IL
    Laura Fosler, RN, MS, FNP-BC, ACHPN,
    Rush University Medical Center, Chicago, IL
    Dr. Arnold Hoskins, M.Th., D.Mgt., Northwestern Medicine-Marianjoy Rehabilitation Hospital, Wheaton, IL

  • Identifying and Responding to Psychological Distress during Patient Encounters: Applying Patient-centered Communication Strategies
    Yasmin Asvat, Ph.D., Rush University Medical Center, Chicago, IL
    Esther Yoon, Ph.D., MPH, Rush University Medical Center, Chicago, IL
  • Supporting Patients with Death Anxiety: Case-based Discussion
    Judith Wood Mintz, LCSW, Unity Hospice and Palliative Care, Chicago
  • Provider’s Moral Distress: Recognizing it and Managing It
    Andrea Vernon-Cwik, LCSW, ASW-G, UChicago Medicine
  • Challenging Cases: Managing Serious Illness for Patients with Co-Existing Psychiatric Diagnoses
    Josh Kaplan-Lyman, AM, LCSW, Rush University Medical Center, Chicago, IL
    Lauren Rynar, PhD, Rush University Medical Center, Chicago, IL
  • Mental Health for Young Adults and Youth Living with Trauma
    Sonya Mathies Dinizulu, PhD, UChicago Medicine
  • Healers:  A Job? A Career? A Calling?
    Jaime K. Lewis, MD, Rush University Medical Center, Chicago
    Melissa Perrin, Psy.D., Perrin Psychological, Training and Consultation Services, Inc.
Dr. Dinizulu’s work with communities affected by gun violence

Registration Rates

Physicians $100.00
APPs, Nurses, Social Workers, Chaplains, Psychologists, Therapists and Counselors, EMT and other health professionals $75.00
Medical Residents $20.00
Community Health Workers $20.00
Students $20.00
Coleman Palliative Medicine Instructors receive $25 off

Recent events, most notably the global pandemic, have highlighted the tremendous need for providers to be able to care for the mental and emotional challenges of seriously ill patients. This conference will teach and incorporate the elements of trauma-informed care, resiliency, and communication practices to meet the unique needs of seriously ill patients.


For more information, please contact Aliza Baron, AM, Education Coordinator, Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine, UChicago Medicine.

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