Palliative Care: Treating the Whole Person

Friday, May 17, 2019 - 9:00am to 4:00pm
Settlemyer Hall, Bellingham Technical College, 3028 Lindbergh Ave, Bellingham, WA 98225

The Spring 2019 Palliative Care Conference will focus on ways to address the totality of the patient’s relational existence—physical, psychological, social, cultural, and spiritual. 

REGISTRATION WILL OPEN IN EARLY FEBRUARY, but save the date on your calendar.

Conference keynote speakers will provide discussion with embedded case studies to illustrate the interdisciplinary nature of palliative care, and break out sessions will provide a chance to explore some other topics in depth.  The conference is still being planned, but current confirmed sessions include

Keynote Speakers:  

Casey Shillam, PhD, MSN, RN – Treating the Whole Person.  Dean, School of Nursing, University of Portland. Shillam will be presenting a model for thinking about holistic care.

Jennifer Kett, MD - Pediatric Palliative Care: Treating the Whole Infant, Child, or Teen.  Kett specializes in complex critical care, working as part of an interdisciplinary team at Mary Bridge Hospital in Tacoma that provides family-centered care for children with chronic or life-threatening illnesses. She will be addressing the special challenges of working with critically children and youth.

Arika Pateanaude, MSW, LICSW - Embracing Cultural Humility in Palliative Care.  Pateanaude is part of the interdisciplinary team at Children's Hospital and will help us explore how cultural perspectives and beliefs intersect with access to and implementation of palliative care. 

Break-Out Sessions:

Not If But When: Books for Young People about Death and Loss:  Thom Barthelmess, Youth Services Director, Whatcom County Library; Sylvia Tag, Curator, Children’s Literature Collection, Western Washington University Libraries  & Marie Eaton, Community Champion, Palliative Care Institute.

Children who are facing a serious illness or have experienced a death in their family can be reassured by stories of other children who have had a similar experience. These stories help them understand better what has happened in their own family while at the same time offering the comforting knowledge that they are not alone in their feelings. In this session we will explore how books provide a way to begin these conversations, giving the child permission to talk about death and communicating that we are interested in her feelings and questions.

There Is Always Hope: The Essence of Spiritual Care: Tessie Mandeville, Chaplain, PeaceHealth St Joseph's Medical Center

The Healing Power of Music in Palliative Care: Linda Allen, DM, Certified Medical Musician, Hospice of the Northwest.

Special Considerations for Adolescents & Children​: Jennifer Kett, MD 

Honoring a Family’s Goals about a Meaningful Life and Death: A case study: Lauren Schmidt, MSW, LICSW, palliative care consultant in the Division of Bioethics and Palliative Care at Seattle Children’s Hospital.