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Moral Distress and Decision Making in An Age of Limited Resources: Ethical Tension Points for Social

Christina Bach

Thursday, November 15, 2018
12:00 pm CST, 1:00 pm EST, 10:00 am PST

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About this Live Interactive Webinar 

In this interactive presentation, we will unpack the weight of moral distress, particularly in end-of-life situations. We will examine how our own moral lens is woven into both our personal values and our professional ethics. Our goal: improve our ability to navigate morally challenging situations, the limited resources we have to offer patients, and our professional and personal resilience to continue our important work. This lecture was originally presented as the Michael Hubner lecture at Dana Farber Cancer Institute in March 2018. 

Learning Objectives
At the end of the presentation, the participant will be able to:
  1. Differentiate the experience of moral distress from compassion fatigue/secondary traumatic stress/vicarious trauma/burnout.
  2. Understand the impact of moral distress on our ethical delivery of care.
  3. Describe how limited internal and external resources can impact the services we provide to patients as well as contribute to our own moral distress.
  4. Facilitate process into action by endorsing moral agency, employing moral imagination, engaging moral community and encouraging moral resilience.  
Presenter

 
    Christina Bach, MBE, MSW, LCSW, OSW, is the Psychosocial Content Editor at OncoLink.org, a clinical oncology social worker and medical ethicist. Christina has worked at Penn Medicine in inpatient and outpatient capacities for more than 20 years. Her work focuses in patient education, distress self-management, mediation, animal-assisted therapy and cancer survivorship. She is the social work facilitator of the Philadelphia Multiple Myeloma Networking group, leads the Philadelphia Area Social Work Oncology Group (SWOG), and is AOSW’s ethics SIG leader.
 
 


Continuing Education Credits
Level - Intermediate
Participants will earn 1.5 CE credits upon successful completion of a quiz and a post-webinar evaluation. 

Course Designation
This course has been approved for 1.5 Ethical continuing education clock hours.

Outline
12:00 p.m. - 12:15 p.m.: Differentiate the experience of moral distress from compassion fatigue/secondary traumatic stress/vicarious trauma/burnout.
12:16 p.m. - 12:31 p.m.: Understand the impact of moral distress on our ethical delivery of care.
12:32 p.m. - 12:47 p.m.: Describe how limited internal and external resources can impact the services we provide to patients as well as contribute to our own moral distress.
12:48 p.m. - 1:03 p.m.: Facilitate process into action by endorsing moral agency, employing moral imagination, engaging moral community and encouraging moral resilience.
1:04 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.: Questions and Answers

 

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NEW YORK STATE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT’S STATE BOARD FOR SOCIAL WORK:
Association of Oncology Social Work, Inc., SW CPE is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #0320.

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