Second Annual

End of Life Care Conference

Thursday November 9, 2006


Landsbaum Center

for Health Education

1433 N. 6½ Street

Terre Haute, IN  47807

(This facility is handicap accessible)


End of Life Care


November is National Hospice Month.  The purpose of this conference is to discuss current issues in end of life care from a variety of perspectives.   The focus for this years' conference will be:


Communication and End of Life Issues


Sessions will cover a variety of topics, including communicating with patients and families about death and dying, communication among health professionals working in various settings where death and dying issues arise, and communicating across cultures and faith traditions about end-of-life issues.


Continuing Education credits will be available for Physicians, Nurses, Psychologists (State of Indiana license only), Social Workers, Marriage & Family Therapists, and Mental Health Counselors.  For more information, call (812) 237-7609.  Certificates of attendance are also available upon request to clergy or other professionals.  


In addition, a special set of morning sessions will be held for students in medicine, nursing, social work, and clinical and counseling psychology.  these sessions may also be of interests to students preparing for careers in the ministry or training to serve as chaplains.  The morning sessions will only be open to students. 


A full schedule for the conference appears below.


Registration Form

There is a commitment fee of $10 for the conference. A light supper will be provided.  The 7pm lecture by Drs. Jan and Harry Keffer is free and open to the public.  You may register by mail or phone for the afternoon conference.  Make checks payable to Indiana State University-EOL. 


First Name__________________________

Last Name__________________________



Phone _____________________________

Email _____________________________

Do you have any special requirements? ___________________________________

Please circle preferred breakout session:

2:15   A    B    C    D    E

3:15   A    B    C    D    E

4:15   A    B    C    D    E


Send Registration To:

Office of Continuing Education

Tirey Hall, Room 133A

Indiana State University

Terre Haute, IN  47807-1037

Tel:  812-237-4011 or 800-234-1639







Conference participants will be able to:

1. Assist families to prepare for the last hours of life.

2. Discuss medical options with patients and their families.

3. Understand the lifestyle, cultural, and spiritual variations associated with end of life care.

4. Understand the stigmas associated with AIDS-related end of life issues.

5. Understand the issues associated with the death of a colleague in a medical setting.

6. Understand the issues surrounding the death of a pre-mature infant or child.

7. Understand how to discuss Near-Death Experiences with patients.

8. Understand communication issues related to emergent and critical care.

9. Understand how pastoral care providers can serve as the interface between family and health care providers.


 Conference Schedule

¨ 1:00—Welcome—

¨ 1:05—Dealing with the Death of a Colleague in a Medical Care Setting—Margaret Gaffney MD

¨ 2:15—Concurrent sessions

A Communicating with Patients on the Cutting Edge of Medicine—Robert Clouse PhD

B Communication in Emergency Medicine: The Do’s and Don’ts Ronald Leach MD 

C Communication Issues in Dealing with Premature Infant Death—Sue Hoopengarner RN RTS

D Cultural Issues in Communicating with AIDS/HIV Patients—Michael Shuff PhD

E Near-Death Experiences (Part 1) BBC Documentary—Neva McFarland MPC

¨ 3:15—Concurrent sessions

A Pastoral Care: Serving as the Interface Between Family and Health Care Providers— Abe Miller MA and Elder Glenn Purnell

B Establishing a Therapeutic Relationship with Known Patients—Joe Biggs PhD

C Communication Issues of the Critical Care Patient—Larry Dultz MD and Margaret Pappas MD

D Communicating End of Life Issues with a Culturally Stigmatized Group—Julie Shulman PhD

E Near-Death Experiences (Part 2) Discussion of BBC Documentary —Neva McFarland MPC

¨ 4:15—Concurrent sessions

A Panel Discussion: Concepts of the After Life Based on Different Religions, Ethics and End of Life Care— Betsy Frank RN PhD, Pearl Maddox MSW,  Chandra Reddy MD (invited)

B Communicating with Children About Death and Dying—Jody Elslager MSW

C Discussing Medical Options with the Terminally Ill Patient and Family—Jon Stockram DO  

D Getting Your Affairs in Order—TBA

E Essential Issues of Multi-cultural Communication—Joe Biggs PhD                    

¨ 7:00—End of Life Decision Making: Ideal vs Real Life—Jan Keffer, PhD APRN BC and Harry Keffer MD  Description:  Preparing self and others for the trajectory of care at end of life.  Both presenters have personal and professional experiences in end of life decisions for parents and patients.

Continuing Education

Nursing— 4.3 contact hours will be awarded upon completion of this program.  Attendance for the entire session and a completed evaluation form is necessary in order to receive CE credit.  The Continuing Nursing Education Program of Indiana State University is nationally accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.

Social Sciences—This workshop has been approved for a total of 4.25 CEH’s for LSWs, LCSWs, LMFTs, and LMHCs. The Indiana Social Worker, Marriage and Family Therapist and Mental Health Counselor Board has approved Indiana State University to provide Category I Continuing Education for LSWs, LCSWs, LMFTs, and LMHCs. However, licensees must judge the program’s relevance to their professional practice. Attendance at the entire session and a completed evaluation form are necessary to receive the continuing education credit.

Physicians—Union Hospital designates this educational activity for a maximum of 4 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s) TM.  Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.  Union Hospital is accredited by the Indiana State Medical Association to sponsor continuing medical education for physicians.

Psychologists - This activity will provide 4.25 hours of category 1 C.E's.  The Indiana State University Department of Psychology is an approved provider recognized by the state of Indiana to provide Continuing Education to Indiana Licensed Psychologists.

Joe Biggs PhD  HSSP is the Behavioral Science Coordinator of Family Medicine Residency at Union Hospital.

Robert G. Clouse  PhD is Professor Emeritus in the Department of History at Indiana State University.  He received a heart transplant over 20 years ago.

Larry Dultz MD  is a Pulmonary, Critical Care, and Sleep Medicine specialist at the AP&S clinic in Terre Haute, IN.

Jody Elslager ACSW LSW  is Medical Social Services Representative for the Visiting Nurses Association and Hospice of the Wabash Valley, and Director of Camp Linden Tree.

Betsy Frank RN PhD  is Professor of Nursing at Indiana State University and Para Rabbinic Fellow.

Sue Hoopengarner  RN RTS  is the Bereavement Services Coordinator at Union Hospital.

Ronald Leach MD  is Medical Director at Union Hospital and an Emergency Medicine specialist with EMCare/MMMI.

Pearl Maddox MSW  is with Utilization Management at Union Hospital.

Neva McFarland  MPC is the Patient Representative Coordinator in the Chaplain’s Office at Union Hospital.  Ms. McFarland holds a masters degree in Pastoral Counseling and is a licensed minister.

Abe Miller MA  is the minister at Eastside Church of Christ in Terre Haute, IN.

Margaret Pappas MD  is Associate Director of Family Medicine Residency at Union Hospital.

Elder Glenn Purnell  is the pastor at Bethlehem Temple Church of Apostolic Faith in Terre Haute, IN.

Chandra Reddy MD  is an Oncologist at Hope Center in Terre Haute, IN. 

Julie Shulman PhD  is Assistant Professor of Counseling at Indiana State University.

Michael Shuff PhD  is Associate Professor of Counseling at Indiana State University. 

Jon Stockram DO  is an internal medicine physician in Terre Haute and is board certified in Hospice and Palliative Medicine.

Jan Keffer PhD APRN BC and Harry Keffer MD are nationally recognized for their work in the ethics of health care.

Disclosures:  Dr. Gaffney’s travel and honoraria are being funded by Union Hospital Continuing Medical Education.

Addictions Conference Page »