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Academy Workshop 11: Challenging Discussions at the End of Life
Tuesday, 5 November 2013, 08:00 - 17:30
Penn Room II

Speakers: Brian Kelly and Darius Razavi (additional speakers TBD)

This one day experiential workshop provides an overview of common clinical challenges in end-of-life care and an introduction to the issue of improving health care professionals communication skills in this area of clinical practice. Useful basic communication skills will be briefly recalled. Participants will be introduced to the main components of advanced communication skills, which may be used in the highly emotional contexts of end of life care and in addressing common difficult clinical encounters. Teaching methods designed to improve communication skills will then be described: techniques (learner-centered, skills-focused, practice-oriented) will be discussed. The usefulness of role-play and immediate feed-back will be emphasized. Effective manualized training programs that have been tested in randomized controlled studies conducted in Brussels for physicians and nurses will be presented. During the workshop participants will have the opportunity to test the type of role-playing exercises utilized in these studies. In addition, a detailed description of these studies and the content of training sessions tested will be provided.

Target Audience: Clinical psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers, nurses, oncologists, palliative care and hospice clinicians, medical students, psychology students, physicians in training (Psychiatry trainees/fellows; palliative care trainees/fellows, oncology trainees/fellows). This workshop would also be of interest to researchers of all disciplines who are interested in the issue of discussion and communication in end of life care.

Chair: Brian Kelly MD, PhD, Newcastle, NSW, Australia and Darius Razavi MD, PhD, Bruxelles, Belgium