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Spiritual Care and Cancer: Addressing the Whole Person

Wentworth-Douglass Hospital

Tuesday, October 22, 2019 from 12:00 PM to 7:30 PM (EDT)

Spiritual Care and Cancer: Addressing the Whole Person

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Spiritual Care and Cancer: Addressing the Whole Person

The 11th annual Spiritual Care Conference will be held October 22, at Wentworth-Douglass Hospital.      A panel discussion and afternoon workshops will explore the dimensions of living with cancer and caring for the cancer patient.   Panelists: Judith Geaghan, MSW, LICSW, Jed Howard, RN, Arul Mahadevan, MD,  FRCS, Agata Marszalek, MD, and Shelly Snow, MDiv, MEd, APBCC.  During the evening presentation, participants will hear from keynote speaker Elana Rosenbaum, MS, LICSW, author of Here for Now: Living Well with Cancer through Mindfulness and Being Well (even when you're sick). The event includes dinner and the presentation of the 2019 Bob Ervin Spiritual Care Award.




11:30am                               Registration opens in the Garrison Wing

12:00pm                               Welcome & Opening Remarks

12:05-12:50pm                     Panel

1:00-2:00pm                        Gathering Goodness mosaic, Susan York

2:00pm-2:15pm                   Advanced Care Planning

2:20-3:15pm                        Workshops

3:25-4:20pm                        Workshops

4:20pm                                Activity

5:00pm                                Dinner & Presentation of the 2019 Bob Ervin Spiritual Care Award

6:00pm                               Keynote Address

7:20pm                                Closing Remarks



CMEs Available

“Wentworth-Douglass Hospital is accredited by the New Hampshire Medical Society Council on Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.”

“Wentworth-Douglass Hospital designates this Live Activity for a maximum of 4 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.”




Participants may attend two afternoon workshops. Attendance will be first come, first served. Complete workshop descriptions are available below.



  Caregivers & Caregiving (2:20pm)

  Presented by Anne Daugherty, LICSW

  Wentworth-Douglass Hospital Seacoast Cancer Center

  Cancer Under 40 (3:25pm)

  Presented by Katelyn Seager, MSW

  Wentworth-Douglass Hospital


  Supportive and Palliative Care (2:20pm)

  Presented by Agata Marszalek Litauska, MD

  Wentworth-Douglass Hospital

  Integrative Therapies (3:25pm)

  Presented by Noelle Lazarus, LMT

  Wentworth-Douglass Hospital


  Labyrinth (2:20pm or 3:25pm)

  Presented by Jane Olivier



  Spiritual Care Generalist (2:20pm)

  Presented by Jed Howard, RN, and Robin West, RN

  Wentworth-Douglass Hospital Seacoast Cancer Center

  Spiritual Care Specialist (3:25pm)

  Presented by Shelly Snow, M. Div

  Wentworth-Douglass Hospital


  Survivorship (2:20pm)

  Presented by Judi Geaghan, LICSW

  Wentworth-Douglass Hospital Seacoast Cancer Center

  Nutrition (3:25pm)

  Presented by Andrea Jackson, RD, CSO, LD

  Wentworth-Douglass Hospital Seacoast Cancer Center



This year's Spiritual Care Conference is $15.00. Registration is required by October 18. This event does sell out. 

When registering, please indicate if you will be attending the afternoon workshops and/or the dinner and keynote presentation.

For more information, call the Chaplaincy Office - (603) 740-2824

We look forward to seeing you there! 





Keynote Speaker:

Elana Rosenbaum, MS, LICSW

With more than 35 years of experience integrating mindfulness meditation and psychotherapy, Elana Rosenbaum, MS, LICSW, is a pioneer in the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction and the clinical application of mindfulness meditation to cancer care. Elana is a well-published and sought-after mindfulness coach, teacher, speaker and research consultant and is currently an adjunct faculty member at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. Elana worked closely with Jon Kabat-Zinn to increase awareness of the importance of mindfulness practices throughout the healthcare field and beyond.

Elana’s knowledge of mindfulness practices helped her endure a stem cell transplant after being diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma in 1995. Her experience eventually led to the development of a mindfulness-based intervention for bone marrow transplant patients at the UMASS Medical Center, Emory University, and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. Elana is grateful to be able to share her wisdom and help others live fully and experience peace.




Art and Music Therapy
Stress is a normal response to life. Come, listen and explore as a Music Therapist and an Art Therapist explain the science and practice of music and art that help reduce stress.

Cancer under 40
According to the American Cancer Society, more than 60,000 young adults ages 20-39 are diagnosed with cancer each year in the U.S., and the need for resources and support continues to increase. In this session, we will discuss these needs and explore ways to fill the gap.

Caregivers & Caregiving
Living with illness not only affects the individual person but also their caregivers. Who are the caregivers? What do they do? What challenges do they face? Participants will identify, understand, and learn to incorporate strategies in their own lives.

Integrative Therapy
Come and learn about the services offered by Integrative Therapies. Participants will make their own aromatherapy to take with them. tbd , DF Richard Room

This experiential workshop will help participants understand the history and diversity of the unicursal labyrinth and its contemporary use in meditative practice. Participants will be invited to walk a 7-circuit labyrinth and will be guided in a reflection on their experience. Jane Olivier, Foyer

Nutrition plays an important role in both symptom management and recovery from cancer treatment. Learn how our Oncology Dietitian develops a patient- and disease-specific nutrition care plan. Participants will help create a protein-rich smoothie. 

Supportive and Palliative Care
This conversation will focus on symptom management, guidance for difficult treatment decisions, clear and compassionate communication with doctors, nurses, chaplains and social workers. 

Spiritual Care Generalist
Nurses are often the first contact for people in the infusion centers. The FICA© is one spiritual screening tool that can be used. This session will introduce the tool, share case studies, and provide time for practice of the FICA©.

Spiritual Care Specialist
This workshop will explore questions asked of the S/C Specialist. What is a spiritual care plan? How is a spiritual care plan determined? Why? Come and explore these questions and more supporting the process of finding meaning and purpose in the time of illness. 

While advances in cancer care make it possible for millions of people to become “survivors,” what does survivorship really mean? This discussion explores the diversity and richness found in defining “survivor” and illuminates the complex needs patients face after active treatment. 

Have questions about Spiritual Care and Cancer: Addressing the Whole Person? Contact Wentworth-Douglass Hospital

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Wentworth-Douglass Hospital
789 Central Avenue
Dover, NH 03820

Tuesday, October 22, 2019 from 12:00 PM to 7:30 PM (EDT)

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Wentworth-Douglass Hospital is the largest acute care hospital in the Seacoast region of New Hampshire and Southern Maine. A healthcare leader since 1906, Wentworth-Douglass Hospital is a not-for-profit charitable organization.

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