Spiritual Care Conference
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Spiritual Care Conference

Spiritual Care Conference

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Wentworth-Douglass Hospital

789 Central Avenue

Dover, NH

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How can we live more intentionally and joyfully now, while also seeking to reduce our fears and overcome our cultural taboo regarding end of life? Rob Spencer, MD, is the creator of  "Mindful Mortality: Lessons learned at the end of life teaching us how to live today!" Drawing on clinical work and experiences with meditation and mindfulness, Dr. Spencer will share tools and techniques adapted from those used in patient care to benefit people who are alive and well. His gentle strength and humor provide comfort and laughter in the process.

This 8th annual Spiritual Care Conference offers the community and hospital staff a forum for reflection and dialogue on the aspect of humanity that refers to the ways individuals seek and express meaning and purpose and the way they experience their connectedness to the moment, self, nature, the significant or sacred, namely, spiritual care.

The $15 registration fee includes the evening program, dinner and afternoon workshops. 

*Click Green "Tickets" Box Above to Register for the Conference and Individual Workshops. 

**Please register for only one workshop per time slot.

Evening Program - 5:00 - 8:00 p.m. 

  • Featured Speaker: Rob Spencer, MD, Pain Management and Palliative Care Physician, Concord Pain Consultation Services
  • Awarding of the 2016 Bob Ervin Spiritual Care Award
  • Dinner included

Afternoon Workshops - 1:00 - 4:30 p.m. 

In addition to the conference registration, please register separately for all the workshops you wish to attend.

Please register for only one workshop per time slot. Space is limited and they do fill up!

1:00 - 2:00 

  • Death Cafe
    At a Death Cafe people, often strangers, gather to eat cake, drink tea and discuss death. Our objective is “to increase awareness of death with a view to helping people make the most of their (finite) lives.
    presented by Patricia Coughlin, MSW, Palliative Care Social Worker, Wentworth-Douglass Hospital, amd Janet Prescott, Executive Director of the Portsmouth-based Hospice Help Foundation

  • The Science of Mindfulness: The Research 
    The presentation will define and describe the distinction between meditation and mindfulness. It will describe how mindfulness meditation affects brain structure and function and will review the research on mindfulness-based interventions and provide some opportunities for experiential practice of mindfulness.
    presented by Zev Schuman-Olivier, MD, Executive Director and Research Director of the CHA Center for Mindfulness and Compassion, Medical Director for Addiction Services at CHA, Instructor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, and faculty at Dartmouth’s Center for Technology and Behavioral Health. 

2:10 - 3:10

  • Mindfulness Based Childbirth and Parenting (MBCP): Bringing Mindfulness to Women and Families and Increasing our Resiliency
    Understand the four intentions of Mindfulness-Based Childbirth & Parenting (MBCP) and the relationship between practices taught in MBCP and stress reduction for patients and health care providers. Understand the mindfulness research which points to the applicability of MBCP to all communities and to its potential of increasing resilience and improving perinatal mental health of women and their families. 
    presented by Danielle Shuman-Olivier, RN, CNM, MSN, Mount Auburn Hospital,  Lexington OB/GYN Associates, Founder of Mindful Birthing Boston 

  • Death Cafe (Repeat)
    At a Death Cafe people, often strangers, gather to eat cake, drink tea and discuss death. Our objective is “to increase awareness of death with a view to helping people make the most of their (finite) lives.
    presented by Patricia Coughlin, MSW, Palliative Care Social Worker, Wentworth-Douglass Hospital, amd Janet Prescott, Executive Director of the Portsmouth-based Hospice Help Foundation

3:20 - 4:30

  • “Mindfulness & Medication: Focus on Addiction”
    This presentation will discuss how mindfulness-based interventions may reduce polypharmacy and the over-reliance of the health care system on medication for mental health and chronic physical illness. It will also describe the limitations of mindfulness and suggest a middle path for using both medication and mindfulness. Finally, we will discuss the importance of mindfulness and self-compassion when living with chronic illness, and the relationship of these capacities to medication-taking, self-stigma and healing.
    presented by Zev Schuman-Olivier, MD, Executive Director and Research Director of the CHA Center for Mindfulness and Compassion, Medical Director for Addiction Services at CHA, Instructor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, and faculty at Dartmouth’s Center for Technology and Behavioral Health. 

  • Mindfulness Based Childbirth and Parenting (MBCP): Bringing Mindfulness to Women and Families and Increasing our Resiliency (Repeat)
    Understand the four intentions of Mindfulness-Based Childbirth & Parenting (MBCP) and the relationship between practices taught in MBCP and stress reduction for patients and health care providers. Understand the mindfulness research which points to the applicability of MBCP to all communities and to its potential of increasing resilience and improving perinatal mental health of women and their families. 
    presented by Danielle Shuman-Olivier, RN, CNM, MSN, Mount Auburn Hospital,  Lexington OB/GYN Associates, Founder of Mindful Birthing Boston 

*Click Green "Tickets" Box Above to Register for the Conference and Individual Workshops. 

**Please register for only one workshop per time slot.

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