Webinar Series: Advance Care Planning in Legal and Medical Care: Attuning Conversations and Aligning Documents

Open to all at no cost

This three-part free webinar will encourage legal and medical communities to take a deeper look the processes they use to help patients and clients prepare advance care plans and living wills in order to improve how a person’s goals and values for medical plans of care are represented.

Session One: What does success look like?

For the legal profession? For medical professionals? For the patient and their family?

November 2, 2020.  12:00pm – 1:30pm PST


Session Two:  Best Practices – Preparing and storing legal and medical paperwork

November 9, 2020.  12:00pm – 1:30pm PST


Session Three: Best Practices - Fostering Advance care planning conversations which reflect patients' personal and cultural values

November 16, 2020.  12:00pm – 1:30pm PST


Advance Registration Required (Click link at bottom of the page)


NOTE: In order to attend all three webinars, you will need to register for each session separately. Use the pull down date on the registration page to select each date.


Continuing Education Credits - 1.5 credits available for each session -- 4.5 credits total (CME, CLE for Washington State Bar Association members or CEU for Washington State residents)

Contact pci@wwu.edu for information


Because professionals in medical and legal communities often work in silos, there are challenges in using documents effectively across professional settings. Over the three sessions, panelists from both medical and legal backgrounds will discuss appropriate use of advance care planning documents, living wills, durable powers of attorney (for healthcare, finances, mental health care) and POLST forms.

Together, the panelists will explore some best practices in advance care planning including: a)  the principles of high-quality conversations that lead to meaningful plans, b) the preparing, and storing of legal and medical documents, and c) ways  to improve inter-professional consistency in how advance care planning is approached and documented.

The goal is to create documents which better represent the person’s wishes and that are more likely to result in medical plans of care that honor each person’s personal and cultural goals and values

This webinar is focused toward professionals and volunteers working in advance care planning in either medical or legal settings.  Other interested community members are welcome to attend.


Lisa Brodoff is an Associate Professor of Law and Director of the Clinical Law Program at Seattle University School of Law, teaching courses in Elder Law, Administrative Law, and Estate/Disability planning. Professor Brodoff was instrumental in the passage of legislation creating the Mental Health Advance Directive, a planning document for people with mental illness. She also created an innovative planning document for people with dementia – the Living with Dementia Mental Health Advance Directive.

Sharmon Figenshaw is a Palliative Care Nurse Practitioner working with families facing end-of-life transitions for over 30 years. She co- chairs the Washington POLST task force and is now with Honoring Choices Pacific Northwest as the POLST and Serious Illness Clinical Skills Program manager -- a program which supports and educates clinicians as they help people with chronic and serious illnesses & conditions plan for future care.

Meredith Grigg is an attorney with the Northwest Justice Project in Seattle. Her practice focuses on housing and healthcare for older adults. She is also a member of the Washington State Dementia Action Collaborative and helped author the Dementia Legal Planning Toolkit to support early legal planning for people with dementia.

Karen Haggen has been a Development Officer and Legacy Advisor for Whatcom Hospice Foundation and PeaceHealth St. Joseph Medical Center Foundation for twelve years.  Her passion for excellence in end of life care started in her early 30’s when her childhood friend received hospice care.  Prior to her role as a Development Officer, Karen served as a Whatcom Hospice Volunteer and Board Member for the Whatcom Hospice Foundation.

Donna Inglis is a member of the St. Joseph Peace Health Medical Center Foundation Board and recently Chair for their Outpatient Palliative Care Campaign.  She also sits on the International Threshold Choir Board of Directors and, is a community volunteer supporting programs in advanced care planning and end of life care issues.

Catherine Bree Johnston is Professor of Medicine in the Division of General Medicine, Geriatrics, and Palliative Medicine at The University of Arizona and Banner University Medical Center and is also Director of the Palliative Medicine Fellowship Program and the Palliative Medicine service at the University of Arizona, Tucson. She is the author of numerous book chapters and journal articles on numerous geriatrics and palliative care topics, and is a member of the American Bar Association Commission on Law and Aging

David Neubeck has practiced law in Whatcom County since 2000. David graduated cum laude from the University of Minnesota Law School in 1999 and received his Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1993. David is a board member of both the Elder Service Providers and the Northwest Estate Planning Council.  He also teaches estate planning classes at Whatcom Community College. 

Hilary Walker is the Advance Care Planning Coordinator at PeaceHealth Medical Group in Bellingham, Washington. Walker has worked tirelessly to bring awareness to the value of advance care planning for patients across the PeaceHealth system. She is a certified facilitator and instructor with Honoring Choices Pacific Northwest and is an active member of the WA End of Life Care Coalition.


Marie Eaton was the founding Director and is currently the Community Champion for the Palliative Care Institute (PCI) at Western Washington, University in Bellingham, WA. The Institute is a partnership with other community agencies and volunteers to transform palliative care in Whatcom County and support our human responses to living and dying.


Palliative Care Institute, Western Washington University

Honoring Choices Pacific Northwest

Meyers, Neubeck & Hulford: Elder Law and Estate Planning

Northwest Justice Project

PeaceHealth St. Joseph Medical Center Foundation

Peace Health Medical Group

Seattle University School of Law

With a Little Help, Inc.: Home Care with Heart


CME Accreditation Statement: This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements of the Washington State Medical Association through the joint providership of PeaceHealth St. Joseph Medical Center and Western Washington University.

PeaceHealth St. Joseph is accredited by the WSMA to provide continuing medical education for physicians. PeaceHealth St. Joseph Medical Center designates this live activity for a maximum of 4.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

This activity meets the criteria for up to 4.5 hours of Category I CME credit to satisfy the relicensure requirements of the Washington State Medical Quality Assurance Commission.

CLE Accreditation Statement. Approved for members of the Washington State Bar Association. 

CEU Accreditation Statement This program is in the process of being approved for 4.5 CEUs by the NASW Washington State Chapter for Licensed Social Workers, Marriage and Family Therapists and Mental Health Counselors are eligible.  Provider number is held by With a Little Help. 

This program is in the process of being approved by DSHS for Long Term Care Workers for 4.5 CE 

This program complies with WSNA for Continuing Nursing Education for individuals whose professional practice is in the field of gerontology.

This program complies with DOH WAC 246-843-130 for continuing education for Nursing Home Administrators. 

This program complies with DOH WAC 246-809-610 for continuing education for Licensed Mental Health Counselors.



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