September 9, 2020
Toby Weiss, MSOD
Director of Cultural Sensitivity and Jewish Programming
MJHS Hospice and Palliative Care
Paul Radensky, Ph.D.
Senior Director for Education
Museum of Jewish Heritage – A Living Memorial to the Holocaust
Irit Felsen, Ph.D.
Purpose: The goal of this webinar is to educate professionals who work with Holocaust survivors and other trauma survivors to recognize and respond to post-traumatic stress symptoms in Holocaust survivors, Second-Generation survivors, and family members of other trauma victims. Participants will become better informed about delivery of person-centered, trauma-informed care at the end of life.
- Discuss the historical background leading up to the Holocaust and gain insight into the firsthand experience of a Holocaust survivor
- Identify clinical presentations of post-traumatic symptoms in elderly patients, and how they differ from the clinical presentation in younger trauma-exposed individuals
- Discuss the interaction between normative processes of aging and a history of traumatic experiences in older individuals, and how these interactions complicate adaptation to aging, to illness, and to end-of-life issues
- Recognize characteristics of patients identified by studies of the neuroscience of social cognitions to put certain individuals at risk for nonconscious, unintentional dehumanization by healthcare providers
- Recognize signs of your own unintentional reactions to patients and develop specific pragmatic and self-regulating strategies to counter reactions and ensure empathic, humane care for elderly trauma-survivor patients
Target Audience: Registered nurses, registered nurses with a specialty in palliative care/hospice, advanced practice nurses, nurse practitioners, social workers, and allied health professionals.