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2019 Collective Soul Symposium: "We are ALL Called to Relieve Suffering

  • MD Anderson South Campus Research Building 7455 Fannin St. Houston, TX 77054 USA (map)
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Event Details

Date: Friday, February 22, 2019

Time: 7:30 am - 5:00 pm

Cost: $100 / $75 MD Anderson Employee / $50 - Student (must bring student ID)

Location: MD Anderson South Campus Research Building, 7455 Fannin St., Houston, TX 77054

CEUs / CNEs Available for Nurses, Social Workers, LPCs, and LMFTs.

The Symposium

Spirituality and religiosity are recognized as factors that contribute to quality of life and coping strategies in many persons facing life-threatening illnesses. These life-threatening events can also give rise to spiritual distress. When combined with chronic or acute pain and other physical and psychological symptoms, spiritual distress can be a component of a patient’s total suffering which the palliative care team (The Collective Soul) seeks to alleviate, enhancing the human spirit and creating a healing environment in the middle of the distressful situation. The purpose of this advanced course is to provide a better understanding of the Palliative Care Team’s role in enhancing the human spirit and relieving patient’s bio-psychosocial and spiritual suffering.

The 2019 Steve Thorney Lecture in Spiritual Care: Betty Ferrell, PhD, MA, FAAN, FPCN, CHPN


Betty Ferrell, RN, PhD, MA, FAAN, FPCN has been in nursing for 41 years and has focused her clinical expertise and research in pain management, quality of life, and palliative care. Dr. Ferrell is the Director of Nursing Research & Education and a Professor at the City of Hope Medical Center in Duarte, California. Dr. Ferrell is a member of the Board of Scientific Advisors of the National Cancer Institute and was Co-Chairperson of the National Consensus Project for Quality Palliative Care. Dr. Ferrell completed a Masters degree in Theology, Ethics and Culture from Claremont Graduate University in 2007. She is co-author of the text, The Nature of Suffering and the Goals of Nursing published in 2008 by Oxford University Press and Making Health Care Whole: Integrating Spirituality into Patient Care (Templeton Press, 2010). In 2013 Dr. Ferrell was named one of the 30 Visionaries in the field by the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine.

Target Audience:

This important educational event is aimed at chaplains, ministers, clergy, spiritual care counselors, nurses, social workers and other health care professionals delivering spiritual care in the community and healthcare facilities.

Event Focus:

The purpose of this educational event is to provide community-based, hospital, chaplains, ministers and other interested healthcare professionals with skills for a better understanding of the Palliative Care Team role; embracing the human spirit of patients with advanced illness, multiple physical, psychosocial, spiritual, and religious issues. Attendees at this conference will learn the principles of Palliative Care and Hospice, the state-of-the art of physical, emotional, and spiritual symptom management. Effective communication with patients and families at the end of life. The integration of spiritual care into the Palliative Care practice.

Objectives of the Symposium:

  • Describe the importance and the role of the Interdisciplinary Team in the Palliative Care and Hospice setting in the care of patients with advanced illnesses and their family in a multicultural environment.

  • Describe the principles of management of different distressing Physical symptoms of patients with advanced illnesses.

  • Describe the principles of management of Distressing Emotional and Spiritual symptoms in patients with advanced illnesses and their families.




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