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Hospice & Palliative Care


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Speaker Names and Titles:
Toby Weiss, MSHRM, OD
AVP of Cultural Diversity
MJHS Hospice and Palliative Care

Pinchas Gutter
Holocaust Survivor

Alan Moskin, Esq
Veteran, Retired Attorney, Vice President on the Board of Trustees of the Holocaust Museum in
Suffern, NY, Peer to Peer Counselor for US veterans and their families

Miriam Schacter, LCSW

Rabbi J. J. Schacter, PhD
Orthodox Rabbi
Professor of Jewish History and Jewish Thought at Yeshiva University
Senior Scholar at Center for the Jewish Future at Yeshiva University

Irit Felsen, PhD
Clinical Psychologist

Purpose: The goal of this webinar is to educate professionals who work with Holocaust survivors, veterans, and other trauma survivors to recognize signs of trauma. Learners will become aware of potential loss of empathy for trauma survivors and will gain practical solutions to self-monitor and improve delivery of person-centered, trauma-informed care. Participants will also become attuned to the narrative of resilience, hope, and meaning as a function of post-traumatic growth to enhance the end-of-life experience.

Why Do I Need to Know This? Over the past number of years that hospice and healthcare providers have learned about post-traumatic stress and its manifestations in patients/families in the care delivery process, there has been little attention or awareness of post-traumatic growth and resilience as a response to significant trauma. This educational program will shed light on this important topic through first-hand accounts of a Holocaust survivor, a Veteran/Liberator, and children of a Liberator. There will also be a didactic session from at noted psychologist and trauma specialist.


  1. Discuss how personal experiences or history of trauma might present in patients
  2. Recognize and prevent the inherent risk in medical settings for unintentional loss of empathy towards trauma survivors
  3. Explore the coexistence of post-traumatic stress symptoms (PTSS) or post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) alongside resilience and post-traumatic growth (PTG)
  4. Discuss how the search for meaning influenced the lives of survivors and liberators of WWII

Target Audience: Registered nurses, registered nurses with a specialty in palliative care/hospice, advanced practice nurses, nurse practitioners, social workers, and allied health professionals.

Criteria for Successful Completion:

  1. Attendance at entire session
  2. Submission of completed evaluation form
  3. Successful completion of a posttest; 80% passing grade (mandatory to receive CE credit for social workers)

Continuing Education Credits: 4.0

Continuing Education Accreditation

Nurses:  The MJHS Institute for Innovation in Palliative Care is approved as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the Northeast Multistate Division Education Unit, an accredited approver of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

Social Workers: MJHS Institute for Innovation in Palliative Care is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #SW-0242.


Individual: Free (includes CE certificate)

Release Date: November 18, 2021

Expiration Date: April 17, 2024 (for nurses); January 31, 2025 (for NYS Social Workers)

Toby Weiss, MSHRM, OD; Pinchas Gutter; Alan Moskin, Esq.; Miriam Schacter, LCSW; Rabbi J. J. Schacter, PhD; and Irit Felsen, PhD, have no financial arrangements or affiliations with any commercial entities whose products, research, or services may be discussed in these materials. Any discussion of investigational or unlabeled uses of a product will be identified.

No Planning Committee Member has any disclosures.

Planning Committee Members
Lara Dhingra, PhD
Myra Glajchen, DSW
Helena Knotkova, PhD
Joyce Palmieri, MS, RN, CHPN
Russell K. Portenoy, MD
Karen Richards, PhD, EdS
Wini Schein, BA

Funding Disclosure: No commercial funding has been accepted for the activity.

The MJHS Institute for Innovation in Palliative Care is pleased to offer our free interdisciplinary webinar series, live and on demand, delivered by frontline experts, typically offering 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ for Continuing Medical Education (CME), Nursing continuing education (CE), Social Work CE credits, and Music Therapy CE edits.

Our free interactive multimedia modules on Community-Based Palliative Care Program Development  and Caring for Holocaust Survivors With Sensitivity at End of Life  offer up to 9.75 CE credits.

Free pdf downloads now available: 15 palliative care professional factsheets and patient education handouts on 18 topics in English, Spanish, Haitian Creole, Arabic, French, and Russian.

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