2011 BC Hospice Palliative Care Association Conference

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New Horizons – Adapting to Change
May 12-13, 2011 Annual Conference
Delta Vancouver Airport Hotel
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Professional and Volunteer Care Providers Working in Hospitals, Hospices, Residential Care, Community Care, Chronic Disease Services, Critical Care – This Conferences is for you!

We invite all physicians, nurses, and allied health professionals to join with Hospice Palliative Care providers, administrators, lay leaders, and Hospice volunteers for one day of educational sessions and networking opportunities. And a second day in partnership with Kearney Funeral Services, we are honoured to host Dr. Alan Wolfelt.

Workshops & Streams:

Self Care for Caregivers; Caring Through Hospice Societies; Grieving Children and Teens; Suicide Survivors; Complicated Grief, Networking Opportunities…. This year we are adapting to change and wish you, as participants, to be in control of your choices, time, and self-care with open space technology. (description below speakers)

Thursday May 12, 2011

Glenda Standeven: Choosing to Smile is a world-wide movement for people who have faced any kind of adversity and have chosen to smile in the face of it. The movement evolved from the book, ‘Choosing to Smile’, which was written by three friends, Glenda, Julie and Michelle, who just happened to have cancer.

Elizabeth Causton: Elizabeth Causton received a Master’s Degree in Social Work at the University of Washington, Seattle, in 1971. She has been working in the field and leading workshops and seminars in areas of Grief and Loss, Women’s Issues, Self Esteem, Self Care for Caregivers and The Role of Social Work in Health Care for over 30 years.

Friday May 13, 2011

Dr. Alan Wolfelt, Ph.D., C.T.: An internationally noted author, educator and grief counselor. Dr. Wolfelt serves as Director of the Center for Loss and Life Transition and is on the faculty at the University of Colorado Medical School’s Department of Family Medicine.
One Day Dr. Alan Wolfelt workshop: Kearney Funeral Services 

Open Space Technology (OST) is an approach for hosting meetings, conferences, corporate-style retreats and community summit events focused on a specific and important purpose or task—but beginning without any formal agenda beyond the overall purpose or theme.

Highly scalable and adaptable, OST has been used in meetings of 5 to 2,100 people. The approach is characterized by five basic mechanisms:

  1. A broad, open invitation that articulates the purpose of the meeting;
  2. Participant chairs arranged in a circle;
  3. A “bulletin board” of issues and opportunities posted by participants;
  4. A “marketplace” with many breakout spaces that participants move freely between, learning and contributing as they “shop” for information and ideas; and,
  5. A “breathing” or “pulsation” pattern of flow, between plenary and small-group breakout sessions.

The approach is most distinctive for its initial lack of an agenda, which sets the stage for the meeting’s participants to create the agenda for themselves, in the first 30–90 minutes of the meeting or event. Typically, an Open Space Meeting will begin with short introductions by the sponsor (the official or acknowledged leader of the group) and usually a single facilitator. The sponsor introduces the purpose; the facilitator explains the “self-organizing” process called “Open Space.” Then the group creates the working agenda, as individuals post their issues in bulletin board style.
Each individual “convener” of a breakout session takes responsibility for naming the issue, posting it on the bulletin board, assigning it a space and time to meet, and then later, showing up at that space and time, kicking off the conversation, and taking notes. These notes are usually compiled into a proceedings document that is distributed physically or electronically to all participants. Sometimes one or more additional approaches are used to sort through the notes, assign priorities and identify what actions should be taken next. Throughout the process, the ideal facilitator is described as being “fully present and totally invisible”–“holding a space” for participants to self-organize–rather than managing or directing the conversations.

Law of Two Feet
If at any time you find yourself in any situation where you are neither learning nor contributing, you use your two feet and go someplace else.

For More Information: Call 604-267-7024 or 1-877-410-6297 or email [email protected]

To Become a Sponsor or Exhibitor:  For Sponsorship opportunities or to obtain an Exhibitor’s Booth, contact Dan Levitt, Tel: 604-341-0445 or Email:

Conference Hotel – Delta Vancouver Airport Hotel  (Rooms starting at $ 115.00)

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