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Narratives of Healing: Presence with Others’ Stories and Our Own

Montgomery Hospice

Friday, October 12, 2018 from 8:00 AM to 4:45 PM (EDT)

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Registration Type Sales End Price Fee Quantity
General Registration Oct 5, 2018 $100.00 $0.00
Registration w/CEUs   more info Oct 5, 2018 $110.00 $0.00

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Narratives of Healing: Presence with Others’ Stories and Our Own
Speaker: Rev. Dr. Carla Cheatham
Friday, October 12, 2018  
8:00 am – 4:45 pm
The Universities at Shady Grove, Rockville, MD
* 6 CEU's offered for Social workers, nha/alm, counselors/therapiests, morticians/funeral directors 

Conference Description

The stories we hear and which we tell ourselves have tremendous power to help or harm our personal health and professional outcomes. This daylong workshop will provide an opportunity to consider the stories which surround the caregiving and support we offer to families and individuals. We will identify the ways in which stories can expose us to compassion fatigue and how we can increase resilience. We will focus on the reality of suffering and the place of hope in what we hear, and explore what it would mean to be fully present to them both. We will also consider the elements of good listening and how attunement can impact positively the potential for healing in relationships. Finally, we will analyze the important place of existential and spiritual concerns in our stories and clarify important ways to maintain good boundaries and avoid spiritual malpractice. Through presentation and interaction, this workshop will have wide applicability across the many contexts of caregiving, from clinical situations to supportive institutions to religious communities.

Learning Objectives

   1. Identify the tenets of resilience from the literature;

   2. Analyze practical techniques to increase resilience in daily routines;

   3. Explore the challenges of being with suffering;

   4. Describe the role of hope in suffering;

   5. Summarize the benefits of attunement in healing relationships;

   6. Practice presence techniques;

   7. Discuss the difference between religious, spiritual and existential care;

   8. Identify the ethical space of care which avoids spiritual malpractice.


  8:00      Registration and breakfast

  9:00      Resilience as Our Greatest Clinical Competence

 10:30      Morning break

 10:45      Restorying the Narrative

 12:15      Lunch

  1:15      Art and Science of Deep Listening

  2:45      Afternoon break

  3:00     Ethical Interdisciplinary Existential Care 

  4:30      Closing remarks and evaluations

Registration (Registration Deadline – October 5, 2018)

Registration Fees (non-refundable)

General Registration                                    $100

Registration with CEUs                                $110

Walk-in registration                                      $120/ $130 (w/ CEUs) 

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Visit to download a hardcopy registration form.

Send completed registration form with check to

       Conference Registration

       Montgomery Hospice

       1355 Piccard Drive, Suite 100

       Rockville MD  20850

Check should be made payable to Montgomery Hospice.

Who should attend?

Social Workers, Clergy, Therapists, Counselors, Funeral Directors, Medical Professionals, Parish Nursing, Pastoral Care Leaders, Volunteers and others interested in engaging with stories of suffering and hope with the people we encounter.

Continuing Education Units 

To receive continuing education credits, you must be present for the entire session.

  • Maryland Board of Professional Counselors and Therapists: 6 CEUs, Category A 
  • Board of Social Work Examiners of the State of Maryland:
    6 CEUs, Category 1

  • Maryland State Board of Morticians and Funeral Directors: 6 CEUs 

  • National Association of Long Term Care Administrator Boards: 6 CEUs 

Location and Parking

The Universities at Shady Grove

Conference and Event Center (Building 2)

9630 Gudelsky Drive, Rockville, MD 20850

Cost for garage parking will be $10 for the day.

Thank you to our Corporate Partners:

Diamond Partners

Adventist HealthCare

Joseph Gawler’s Sons, LLC

Gold Partner

Hines-Rinaldi Funeral Home, Inc.
Family & Nursing Care

Silver Partners

Lerch, Early & Brewer, Chtd.

McMillan Metro, PC

Profit Law Firm, LLC

Right at Home

Sandy Spring Bank

Sagel Bloomfield Danzansky Goldberg Funeral Care, Inc.

Visiting Angels

Questions? Contact Linda Horenstein call 301-637-1871 or

Have questions about Narratives of Healing: Presence with Others’ Stories and Our Own ? Contact Montgomery Hospice

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The Universities at Shady Grove
9630 Gudelsky Drive
Conference and Event Center
Rockville, MD 20850

Friday, October 12, 2018 from 8:00 AM to 4:45 PM (EDT)

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Montgomery Hospice

Montgomery Hospice is a community-supported nonprofit organization that has been providing hospice care to people in Montgomery County, MD for 37 years.  Besides hospice services, we provide professional grief support for patients and families, as well as support groups and workshops for county residents.  

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