Pain Management at the End of Life: It's More Than Medication

Purpose:

This conference will provide a holistic understanding of pain management at the end of life. Sessions will discuss pharmacological therapies, opioid use for pain management, mindfulness and self-care, and the interactions between pain and behavioral health. It will introduce clinical interventions for pain management including mindfulness exercises and a pain management toolkit. 

Conference Objectives:

At the end of this conference, participant should be able to:

  • List three main categories of pain and three classes of medications to treat pain
  • Describe the concept of total pain
  • List three modalities of complementary therapies
  • Understand the recent trends of opiate use in end of life care
  • Articulate the etiology of pain at the end of life
  • Assess pain holistically
  • Demonstrate skills using holistic, non-invasive pain relief techniques for patients
  • Gain an understanding of safe and effective integrative therapies
  • Describe mindfulness and the research that supports it
  • Understand the use of a Holistic Evidence Based ToolKit 

Who Should Attend:

This seminar is designed for: Physicians, Nurses, Social Workers, Counselors, Educators, Psychologists, Hospice Personnel, Clergy, Chaplains, Lay Ministers, and others caring for people toward the end of life. 

Agenda:

8:00 - 8:45am: Registration, Breakfast, Vendors
8:45 - 9:00am: Welcome, Logistics, Presenter Introduction
9:00 - 10:30am: Keynote: Dr. Dan Maison, “Pain Management at the End of Life”
10:30 - 10:45am: Break, Vendors
10:45 - 11:45am: Dr. Maison (continued)
11:45am - 12:45pm: Lunch, Vendors
12:45 - 1:45pm: Carol Hendershot, “Self-care for the Caregiver”
1:45 - 2:00pm: Break, Vendors
2:00 - 3:30pm: Barb Meconis, RN, “Role of Integrative Medicine in Pain Relief: Assisting the Sacred Passage”
3:30 - 4:00pm: Closing, Evaluations, Vendors

About the Speakers:

Keynote Speaker:

Daniel Maison, MD, FAAHPM, HMC - Associate Chief Medical Officer, Seasons Hospice & Palliative Care
Dr. Maison is the lead physician for Aspire Health in Michigan. He is a board certified internist and palliative care physician. Prior to joining Aspire, Dr. Maison has spent his entire career in Hospice and Palliative Medicine. He was most recently the Associate Chief Medical Officer for Seasons Hospice and Palliative Care. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization and the Community Health Accreditation Partner. He completed his residency at California Pacific Medical Center (where he also served as Chief Resident). He attended medical school at the Georgetown School of Medicine. 

Dr. Maison's presentation will explore pain at the end of life, emphasizing both physical and non-physical pain. Ways to treat pain, including both pharmacological and complementary therapies, will be discussed.

Additional Presenters:

Carol Hendershot  - Self-care for the Caregiver
Life is tough; workplace stress, family stress, and the stress we put on ourselves to constantly get more done. We know that it is important to take care of ourselves, but in the face of so many competing demands, we often put ourselves last. Extensive research has shown that mindfulness and self-compassion help us replenish our energy and keep us calm, engaged, and kind.

Carol has been teaching the Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Course in the Greater Grand Rapids Area since 2008 and has led hundreds of students through the program. Her certification is from the Center for Mindfulness at the University of Massachusetts Medical School where she has completed extensive professional training. She has also completed training in Mindful Self-Compassion, Interpersonal Mindfulness and Mindful Eating. Carol founded and directed Expressions of Grace Yoga from 2003 through 2012 and has been a certified yoga teacher for more than fifteen years. 

Barb Meconis, RN - Role of Integrative Medicine in Pain Relief: Assisting the Sacred Passage
This workshop will offer practitioners of the end of life health care team a method to assess pain holistically and explore the natural mechanisms within the body. It will focus on integrative medicine, offer a Holistic Pain Relief Toolkit, and explore ways to integrate allopathic and natural methods of treating pain to assist the patient at the end of the physical life.

Barbara Meconis has completed graduate work in public health from Michigan State University and held certifications in case management and intravenous infusion. She has completed Level II course work through the Colorado Institute of Healing Touch, Level III course work in Energy Healing through Healing in America, Level I toward Medical Intuitive Certification, Health Coaching coursework, Aromatherapy coursework, Advanced Certification in NAET since 2005 and Certification in Auricular Acupuncture. Barbara has designed and presented a vast scope of programs. 

When:

Thursday, March 15, 2018 from 8:00am - 4:00pm

Where:

Prince Conference Center
1800 E. Beltline SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49546

 

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Understanding Your Grief: Touchstones for Hope and Healing (Free Community Event)

Purpose:

We look forward to having you join us for this one-day workshop of hope and healing. Participants will be able to quietly reflect on their losses and honor their own unique grief journey. Plan to join us and learn about the “Touchstones” that can support you now and in the future.

Why This Program:

This program will help all of us understand how loss influences our lives. You will be able to embrace the uniqueness of your grief, quietly reflect on your feelings of loss, learn about the six essential needs we all have when someone dies, and come to understand the difference between “reconciling” your grief and “resolving” your grief. Do not miss this opportunity to learn from one of North America’s leading grief counselors. RSVP below to ensure your registration.

Who Should Attend:

This compassionate program will be helpful to anyone who is experiencing grief in their lives. If you know anyone who may benefit from this opportunity to embrace hope and healing, please let them know about this program. We look forward to having you with us.

Agenda:

Among the content areas to be explored in this program are the following: 

  • Setting Your Own Pace for the Journey: Understanding the Need to Suspend
  • Exploring the Loss of Self, Security, Meaning
  • Understanding the Concept of “Touchstones”
  • Touchstone: Open to the Presence of Your Loss
  • Touchstone: Dispel the Misconceptions About Grief
  • Touchstone: Explore the Uniqueness of Your Grief
  • Touchstone: Explore Your Feelings of Loss
  • Touchstone: Understand the Six Needs of Mourning 
  • Touchstone: Nurture Yourself
  • Touchstone: Reach Out for Help
  • Touchstone: Seek “Reconciliation,” Not “Resolution”

About the Presenter:

Dr. Alan D. Wolfelt is a noted author, educator, and grief counselor. Recipient of the Association for Death Education and Counseling’s Death Educator Award, he serves as the Director of the Center for Loss and Life Transition (www.centerforloss.com), in Fort Collins, Colorado. He is also a faculty member of the University of Colorado Medical School’s Department of Family Medicine.

In addition to presenting dozens of keynotes and workshops across North America each year, Dr. Wolfelt facilitates 4‐day training seminars for bereavement caregivers in Fort Collins. Dr. Wolfelt is a popular media resource who regularly provides his expertise to many top‐tier television shows, newspapers, and magazines.

He is the author of more than fifty bestselling books on grief and loss, including Loving From the Outside in, Mourning From the Inside Out; Understanding Your Grief; The Journey Through Grief; Companioning the Bereaved: A Soulful Guide for Caregivers; Healing a Spouse’s Grieving Heart; Companioning the Grieving Child; Healing a Parent’s Grieving Heart; and Creating Meaningful Funeral Ceremonies.

Dr. Wolfelt and his wife Sue, a family physician, are parents to three children. They live in the foothills of the beautiful Rocky Mountains next door to the Center for Loss and Life Transition.

When:

Tuesday, September 20, 2016 from 7:00pm - 9:00pm

Where:

GVSU Eberhard Center
301 West Fulton Street
Grand Rapids, MI 49504

 

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Exploring "Complicated" Mourning: Sudden Death and Trauma Loss

Conference Summary:

This informative seminar will help members of the caregiving community who want to further develop their knowledge and skills in helping the bereaved. Dr. Alan Wolfelt will explore a variety of subtopics related to understanding and supporting survivors of sudden, unexpected deaths. Specific content areas include: introduction to "complicated" grief, special features of suicide grief, homicide grief, and enhancing understanding of trauma loss.

Conference Speaker:

Alan D. Wolfelt, PhD, CT is a noted author, educator, and grief counselor. Recipient of the Association for Death Education an Counseling's Death Educator Award, he serves as the Director of the Center for Loss and Life Transition (www.centerforloss.com), in Fort Collins, Colorado. He is also a faculty member of the University of Colorado Medical School's Department of Family Medicine.

In addition to presenting dozens of keynotes and workshops across North America each year, Dr. Wolfelt facilitates 4-day training seminars for bereavement caregivers in Fort Collins. Dr. Wolfelt is a popular media resource who regularly provides his expertise to many top-tier television shows, newspapers, and magazines. And, he is the author of more than fifty bestselling books on grief and loss.

 

Who Should Attend:

This seminar is designed for: Physicians, Nurses, Social Workers, Counselors, Educators, Psychologists, Hospice Personnel, Clergy, Chaplains, Lay Ministers, and others caring for bereaved people. There will be 5 CEUs/CNEs available Registered Nurses, Social Workers, and Licensed Professional Counselors.

Conference Agenda:

8:30am - 9:00am   Registration
9:00am - 9:15am    Welcome, Logistics, Presenter Introduction
9:15am - 9:30am    Sudden violent death
9:30am - 9:45am   Suicide survivorship
9:45am - 10:15am   Multiple loss and bereavement overload
10:15am - 11:00am   Special features of disenfranchised grief
11:00am - 11:15am    Break
11:15am - 12:00pm   The semantic distinction between "complicated" and "pathological" mourning
12:00am - 1:00pm   Lunch
1:00pm - 1:45pm     Comprehensive understanding of "complicated mourning"
1:45pm - 2:15pm     Assessment model for "complicated mourning"
2:15pm - 2:30pm    Break
2:30pm - 3:00pm   Understanding the distinction between counseling and therapy
3:00pm - 3:30pm   Growth-oriented companioning strategies
3:30pm - 4:00pm   Conclusion and Evaluation

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When:

Wednesday, September 21, 2016 from 8:30am - 4:00pm

Where:

GVSU Eberhard Center
301 West Fulton Street
Grand Rapids, MI 49504

 

Attention Sponsors - Registration is Now Open!

Event Description (featuring Dr. Alan Wolfelt - founder and director of the Center for Loss & Life Transition)

This year Greater Grand Rapids End of Life Coalition (GGREOLC) has decided to bring two great events to Grand Rapids for 2016, and we're thrilled that Dr. Alan Wolfelt will be leading both events! 

The first event is set for Tuesday, September 20th, 2016 from 7pm-9pm. This is a FREE Community Event, lead by Dr. Alan Wolfelt, with a focus on “Understanding Your Grief: Touchstones for Hope and Healing.” This free event is targeted toward community members; however, we expect faith leaders and healthcare professional may want to attend as well. 

The second event is target toward healthcare and end of life professionals. This event is scheduled for Wednesday, September 21, 2016 from 8am-4pm. The topic is Exploring Complicated “Mourning”: Sudden Death and Trauma Loss and again is lead by Dr. Alan Wolfelt. It is geared toward working professionals and offers 5 CEUs/CNEs.

 

Sponsorship Opportunities

Gold Sponsor (6 available) - $500
Gold level sponsors will have the advantage of being located inside the main conference room where there is space for only 6 tables. Gold Sponsorship Includes:

  • Display/booth placement inside main conference room for both events
  • Acknowledgement of organization in speaker introduction
  • Company/logo listed in attendee packets
  • Organization logo on powerpoint that loops at start/breaks/finish of event
  • Company materials* placed in conference bags
  • Attendance for 2 to both events (includes CEU/CNEs if desired)

 

Conference Sponsor (25 available) - $300
This sponsorship provides a great value for our all-day professional event on September 21 as it includes attendance to the conference for two (including CEU/CNEs if desired). Conference Sponsor includes:

  • Display booth just outside of main conference room for both events
  • Acknowledgement of organization in speaker introduction
  • Company/logo listed in attendee packets
  • Display table in lobby outside of main conference room
  • Company materials* placed in conference bags
  • Attendance for 2 to both events (includes CEU/CNEs if desired)

 

Table Sponsor (30 available) - $75

  • Company name/logo on table tents
  • Company materials* placed in conference bags

 

*Company materials limited to one brochure and one promotional item. Items must be delivered by September 9, 2016 to Gilda’s Club (1806 Bridge Street NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49504).

Additionally, please email your company logo to mhoward@hom.org ASAP!

Courageous Conversations: Preparing the Professional for End of Life Discussion

Conference Summary:

The time period in which people face end-of-life issues for themselves, their children or other family members and friends, can be one of great anxiety and confusion.  For both anticipated and non-anticipated deaths, family members experiencing grief must make many immediate decisions related to funeral planning and/or the care of their loved one’s body.  With advanced planning, grieving family members would not need to be burdened in making the many immediate decisions while considering the financial impact of their choices.  This conference will address these issues and offer tools and resources for professionals to use in having conversations which assist people to consider making anticipatory decisions regarding their wishes at end-of-life or in funeral planning.  

Keynote Speaker:

Gregory Plotnikoff, MD, MTS, FACP, is a board-certified internist who has received numerous national and international honors for his work in integrative medicine. He is a leader in the emerging discipline of interventional nutrition. He also has advanced training in medical acupuncture, mind-body skills and herbal medicine, including traditional Japanese herbal medicine. He also has expertise in hospital chaplaincy. In partnership with integrative health practitioners at the Penny George Institute for Health and Healing, he serves patients with medically-undiagnosed illnesses or very challenging chronic illnesses including pain and cancer. Dr. Plotnikoff is a voracious reader of medical literature and the author or co-author of twenty-three textbook chapters of the book, Trust Your Gut, and more than fifty scientific articles including six in Japanese. He serves as an editor of the journal Global Advances in Health and Medicine and is active in clinical research.


When:

Thursday, March 19, 2015 from 8:00am - 4:30pm

Where:

Prince Conference Center
1800 East Beltline Ave. SE 
Grand Rapids, MI 49546

 

Additional Speakers:

James Fahner, MD, is Division Chief of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology at Helen DeVos Children's Hospital and the Spectrum Health Medical Group in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He is Associate Professor in the Department of Pediatrics/Human Development at Michigan State University. 

Tod Wyn, MD, is Associate Medical Director for Hospice of Holland in Holland, Michigan. He is also a physician at Holland Community Hospital, Holland, and Spectrum Health Zeeland Hospital, Zeeland.

Dr. Carol Robinson, DNP, MS, BSN, RN, is the Community Coordinator for Making Choices Michigan and also Adjunct Faculty at Grand Valley State University, Kirkhof College of Nursing

Dave Kampfschulte, BA, M. Ed., is the president and founder of Amazing Circles Workshops, LLC. He is also a Preceptor at Michigan State University College of Human Medicine; Instructor at Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, Aquinas College; and Instructor at East Grand Rapids Recreation Department.

Presenters at the Panel Q&A:

Doug Chapin received a BS in Christian Education with a minor in Business Administration from Houghton College. He is a Funeral Director at Matthysse Kuiper DeGraaf, Grandville.

Michael Johnson received a BS in Mortuary Science from Wayne State University and is the owner of Brown's Funeral Home, Ltd., in Grand Rapids, and Toombs Funeral Home in Muskegon Heights.

Troy VanKaltenberg received a BS in Marketing Administration from Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science and is General Manager of Michigan Cremation and Funeral Care, Grand Rapids.

Mike Verdun is a fourth generation funeral director, is a graduate of Western Illinois University, College of Business and Wayne State University, College of Mortuary Science. He is the owner of Verdun Funeral Home, Belding.