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Crisis Intervention in End-of-Life Care

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Crisis Intervention in End-of-Life Care is a 3-hour online continuing education (CE) course that examines the dynamics of end-of-life care as they relate to the patient, family members, paid caregivers, and medical staff.

For families and patients at the end of life, crisis is often a constant companion. Every medical decision, communication issue, patient decline or dip, and family conflict or disagreement requires a thoughtful understanding of the patient’s wishes, family functioning, medical prognosis, and disease path " all of which combine to create the crisis.

This course offers insights into the foundational attitudes and struggles of patients in end-of-life care; common emotional burdens caregiving exerts on the patient’s family; and typical areas of conflict among patients, family, and medical staff concerning end-of-life care.

We discuss various “filters” to help properly assess situations and study crisis management as a tool to aid the counselor and client in dealing with crises that occur during end stages. A comparison of four models for viewing family conflict in end-of-life crisis is presented. We also consider the details of the family systems model for understanding how families adjust and adapt to loss and conflict. Finally, we describe several intervention tools for helping families with conflict in the end stages of life.

Course #31-46 | 2022 | 68 pages | 20 posttest questions


Dec 31, 2032


Counselor CE, Psychology CE, Social Work CE





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Presenters / Authors / Faculty

Leo Christie, PhD, LMFT, is a Florida-licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with a doctorate in Marriage and Family Therapy from Florida State University. Past President of the Florida Council on Family Relations, Dr. Christie is a past CEO of Professional Development Resources, a nonprofit corporation whose mission is to deliver continuing education credit courses to healthcare professionals throughout the United States. He has more than 20 years' experience in private practice with a specialty in child behavior disorders and as an instructor for over 500 live continuing education seminars for healthcare professionals.

Financial: Receives a salary from Professional Development Resources, Inc.
Nonfinancial: No relevant nonfinancial relationships exist.

Robert Gauger, DMin, has served as a full-time minister for over 30 years. He was a parish minister for 27 years, and has also been a hospital chaplain in Jacksonville, Florida. Currently he is a hospice chaplain. Bob holds a Masters degree from Southern Seminary (KY) and a Doctorate Degree from Regent University (VA) with honors. His own personal experiences of depression and stress in ministry have drawn a special interest and focus on the topic in his life, as have his experiences with family suicidal attempts. Bob enjoys playing the trombone and through the years has played with many professional orchestras.

Financial: No relevant financial relationships exist.
Nonfinancial: No relevant nonfinancial relationships exist.

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Professional Development Resources end-of-life care, end-of-life, end-of-life crisis intervention, Crisis Intervention in End-of-Life Care, continuing education course, CE, CEU,

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