End of Life Conversations

End of Life Conversations
Type: Webinar
Presenter: Dr Dale Larson
Intermediate - Advanced

Webinar Overview

For patients and families facing advanced illness, the medical interventions and quality of life that lie ahead are largely determined through a series of conversations they have with their health care providers. These discussions, which can occur from before illness is diagnosed and continue through bereavement care, include many emotionally charged topics, such as unfavourable prognoses and treatment failure, treatment choices and family responses to them, advance care planning, concerns about one's ability to cope, life goals and other life-closure issues, anticipatory mourning, and the meaning of the illness and the suffering it creates. When these often difficult discussions are avoided or are managed poorly, the efficacy of medical care and the quality of remaining life for patients can be seriously jeopardised.

Learning Outcomes:  
1. Identify barriers to end-of-life discussions in advanced illness and end-of-life care
2. Identify concepts and skills that can enhance the quantity and quality of end-of-life conversations
3. Identify programs that can enhance the quantity and quality of end-0f-life conversations
4. Identify the personal and professional challenges end-of-life conversations present for health providers

Presenter Bio: 

Dale G. Larson (BA, University of Chicago; Ph.D., U. C. Berkeley) is Professor of Counselling Psychology at Santa Clara University. A clinician and researcher, he is a Fulbright Scholar, Fellow in the American Psychological Association, and a member of the International Work Group on Death, Dying and Bereavement. His publications on end-of-life issues, professional stress, grief and grief counselling, and self-concealment are widely cited, both in the scientific literature and popular media.  He was Senior Editor and a contributing author for Finding Our Way: Living with Dying in America, the national newspaper series that reached 7 million Americans, and has presented at conferences throughout the world.  He is the author of  The Helper’s Journey: Empathy, Compassion, and the Challenge of Caring (2020, Research Press), the second edition of the award-winning first edition.  He has received the Death Educator Award from the Association for Death Education and Counselling and was honored as an Innovator of Hospice and Palliative Care by the National Hospice Foundation.

Webinar Details


Thursday, 30th January 2020


Victoria: 10.30am - 12.00pm AEDT
New South Wales: 10.30am -12.00pm AEDT
Tasmania: 10.30am - 12.00pm AEDT
South Australia: 10.00am - 11.30am ACDT
Queensland: 9.30am - 11.00am AEST
Northern Territory: 9.00am - 10.30am ACST
Western Australia: 7.30am - 9.00am AWST


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