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Academy Workshop 3: Family-Centered Care During Palliative Care and Bereavement
Monday, 4 November 2013, 08:00 - 17:30
Penn Room II

Speakers: David Kissane, Marta Porebiak, Talia Zaider

This workshop trains clinicians in the conduct of family assessments in palliative care, with potential continuity of care into bereavement, through the use of demonstration videos and role plays for participants to practice the techniques experientially. Challenges covered include helping the family discuss death and dying, optimizing open communication, containing conflict and maintaining safe therapy, drawing relevant family members into sessions and sustaining a focus to the therapy. Strategies in framing circular questions, providing integrative summaries to deepen family members’ understanding, and the promotion of empathic exchanges between family members to optimize their mutual support and cohesion illustrate key therapist skills. The Family Focused Grief Therapy (FFGT) program is a brief, focused model of preventive family therapy delivered to families identified during palliative care to be ‘at risk’ of complicated bereavement. FFGT has gained international renown and become the bedrock of a systematic approach to family-centered care in the advanced cancer setting.

Target Audience: Clinicians interested in improving their skills in conducting family meetings and family therapy sessions. Suitable for psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers, oncologists, palliative care physicians, general practitioners, nurse practitioners and clinical nurse specialists, counselors, and family therapists.


Chair: David Kissane MD, Clayton, Victoria, Australia