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.

Watch here in future for more ucpoming webinars 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, use the individual ticket links below or contact Sharmayne at 250-503-1800 ext 101 or email:


Adverse Childhood Experiences as a Risk Factor for Complicated Grief
Presented by: Hospice Foundation of America

Thursday, February 20, 2020
9:00 - 10:30 AM

Speaker: Laurie Burke, PhD & Elizabeth Crunk, PhD
Current research is showing links between trauma in childhood and poor lifetime physical and psychological outcomes, including at the end of life and during bereavement. Dr. Crunk and Dr. Burke will discuss their research findings and clinical implications of the relation between adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) and complicated grief in bereaved adults and offer some recommendations for intervention. They will also provide ways to incorporate trauma assessment and intervention into bereavement settings.

Living with Grief: Intimacy and Sexuality During Illness and Loss
Presented by: Hospice Foundation of America

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

9:00 - 10:30 AM


  • Ken Doka, PhD, MDiv, Senior Bereavement Consultant to HFA and recipient of the 2019 Lifetime Achievement Award from the Association for Death Education and Counseling
  • Carrie Arnold, PhD, FT, MEd, RSW, CCC, Assistant Professor, Thanatology, King’s University College at Western University
  • Alua Arthur, JD, death doula, attorney, and the founder of Going with Grace
  • John Cagle, MSW, PhD, Assistant Professor, University of Maryland-Baltimore, School of Social Work
  • Moderator: Frank Sesno, George Washington University

Holistic treatment of individuals who are terminally ill or bereaved should include the needs of the whole person. Yet the most basic of human desires, those that include intimate and sexual relationships, are frequently avoided, dismissed, or unaddressed by healthcare, social service, clergy and bereavement professionals. Patients, family caregivers, and clients can be inhibited by the deeply personal nature of intimacy and sexuality and often do not raise concerns with professionals.

In this Living with Grief® 2020 program, Hospice Foundation of America will identify barriers to intimacy and sexuality for terminally-ill persons and the bereaved. The program will emphasize the knowledge and skills that professionals must have to sensitively address intimacy and sexuality and suggest interventions that can help dying and bereaved persons address these elemental human needs.

Using the Dual Process Model of Coping with Bereavement to Improve Your Practice
Presented by: Hospice Foundation of America

Tuesday, April 21, 2020
9:00 - 10:30 AM

Speaker: Margaret Stroebe, PhD & Henk Schut, PhD; moderated by Kenneth J. Doka, PhD, MDiv
Stroebe and Schut’s Dual Process Model of Coping with Bereavement is a foundational component to understanding the grieving process. Join these pioneering researchers, in conversation with Dr. Kenneth Doka, to discuss how this model was developed and what role it can play in supporting the bereaved.

The Evolving Role of the Trained Death Doula in End-of-Life Care
Presented by: Hospice Foundation of America

Tuesday, June 16, 2020
9:00 - 10:30 AM

Speaker: Alua Arthur, JD
Death doulas, individuals who provide non-medical care and support, are playing an increasingly important role in helping dying persons and their families. Alua Arthur, founder of Going with Grace, will examine this growing field and how trained death doulas can complement the care that hospice and end-of-life professionals provide.





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