Professional Learning Networks

Professional Learning Networks

Our Professional Learning Networks bring community professionals working in the North Okanagan together to connect and learn about a variety of topics relating to end-of-life.

On a regular basis, we offer live streamed webinars in our boardroom located upstairs at Hospice House at 3506 - 27 Avenue in Vernon.

Below is a list of the upcoming 2018-19 webinar series presented by the Institute for Healthy Living and Chronic Disease Prevention, UBC Okanagan and the Hospice Foundation of America.

Everyone is welcome to attend the sessions which are held in our upstairs Boardroom at NOHS.

To reserve your seat, contact Phyllis at 250-503-1800 ext 101 or email:


Put Your Own Oxygen Mask On First
Self-Care for Hospice and Palliative Care Professionals
Tuesday, November 13, 2018
9:00 - 10:30 AM
NOHS Boardroom


  • Kathleen Bixby, MSN, RN, CHPN, Hospice Foundation of America
  • Kathleen Burkhart, MSN, ANP-C, FAANP

Burnout, compassion fatigue, and secondary traumatic stress can undermine personal meaning and professional practice as caring individuals. Join Kathleen Bixby and Kathleen Burkhart to learn how creative expression and self-compassion can inspire and improve quality of life for health care professionals who desire to regain, maintain, and sustain their contribution to human caring science.

Cultural and Spiritual Competency in End-of-Life Care
Tuesday, January 15, 2019
9:00 - 10:30 AM
NOHS Boardroom

Presenters: Nora Luna, Kris Halsey, Paul Metzler, Hospice Foundation of America

Can you competently respect and deal with cultural and spiritual diversity? This webinar teaches participants ways both to understand a client’s spirituality and culture as well as ways that they can empower clients to effectively utilize their spiritual strengths in coping with illness, loss and grief.

Funerals and Beyond: Using Rituals to Support Grieving Youth
Tuesday, February 19, 2019
9:00 - 10:30 AM
NOHS Boardroom

Presenters: Pamela Gabbay, Brad Speaks, Kenneth Doka, Hospice Foundation of America

Rituals represent one of the oldest and most resilient tools that humans have used to deal with death. Even in Neolithic times, there is evidence of elaborate rituals used to bury the dead. Even rituals can be a powerful tool to help children and adolescents deal with loss. This webinar explores the ways that funerals and therapeutic ritual can support grieving youth.

Living with Grief® Program - Surviving Loss in Later Life

Tuesday, March 12, 2019
9:00 - 10:30 AM
NOHS Boardroom

Presenters: Brian DeVries, Pat Murphy, Kenneth Doka, Hospice Foundation of America

Managing Difficult Family Dynamics During Illness and Death
Tuesday, May 21, 2019
9:00 - 10:30 AM
NOHS Boardroom

The very definition of hospice care centers on family-centered care. Yet this can be very complicated when dealing with difficult or dysfunctional families during the crises of a family member’s terminal illness. This webinar assists hospice and other professionals in assessing difficult families and offers strategies for effectively working with such families as they cope with illness and loss.

Best Practices in Counseling Survivors of Sudden and Traumatic Loss
Tuesday, June 18, 2019
9:00 - 10:30 AM
NOHS Boardroom

Presenters: Terese Rando, Bret Moore, Hospice Foundation of America

Sudden and traumatic loss complicates the grieving process. In this webinar, participants explore factors unique factors in sudden and traumatic loss as well as effective strategies for assisting survivors of such devastating death.




2014-2015 session topics include:

  • Helping Adolescents Cope with Grief
  • Effective Grief Groups for Adolescents
  • Grief in Youth Suicide
  • Helping Families Cope with Conflict at End-of-Life
  • Adolescents and Traumatic Loss
  • Adolescents and Life Threatening Illness

Grief & Loss Learning Network

2014-2015 session topics include:

  • Grief and Loss: Beyond Death
  • Helping Individuals Grow Through Grief
  • Real Men Don't Cry