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Tuesday, May 11 • 7:30pm - 9:00pm
Breaking Down Barriers to Access Palliative Spiritual Care Education

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A majority of clergy, counselors , and religious leaders acknowledge that they and their clients and congregants could benefit from greater familiarity with realities in palliative and end-of-life care.1 The skills and expertise of palliative care, including advance care planning and goals of care, are even more in demand in the time of COVID-19.  There also exist significant disparities in access to palliative care for patients, with regard to race, ethnicity , and nation of origin.2   In parallel, socio-economic barriers for engaging in CPE persist.  A disproportionate number of clergy, counselors , and religious leaders of color lack the resources to devote themselves to CPE full-time, and even part-time programs and internships may be out of reach.     
This presentation will present curriculum, strategic partnerships, and lessons learned from a two-year pilot palliative care specialty CPE program.  This program has been aimed at breaking down barriers to participation and building meaningful partnerships between diverse religious leaders and palliative care clinicians. Can removing obstacles to spiritual care/counseling education lead to overcoming barriers to quality palliative care?  Do patients experience better outcomes if their own diversity is reflected in their spiritual and other caregivers?  
A panel of program graduates, PAG members, and faculty will reflect on their experiences with unique curricular components. In particular, this workshop will:  
  • Present a patient simulation with multi-cultural cases and actors and preceptors  
  • Outline and connect curricular elements related to Diversity, Clinical Competence and Anti Racism in the context of palliative care.  
  • Illustrate the importance of cultivating philanthropic partnerships so that tuition assistance and stipends can be offered.  
  • Discuss the role of community partnerships for fostering enrollment opportunities for diverse populations in clinical placements  
  • Apply lessons from palliative care specialty CPE to diverse ministerial and counseling settings (i.e. campus, trauma response, hospice)  

Tuesday May 11, 2021 7:30pm - 9:00pm PDT
Session 3
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