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 Phyllis at 250-503-1800 ext 101 or email:


Suicide in Later Life: Who's at Risk and How Can You Help
Presented by: Hospice Foundation of America
Tuesday, January 21, 2020
9:00 - 10:30 AM

Speaker: Judith Stillion, PhD
In the United States, persons aged 65 and older make up 13% of the population but accounted for 18% of all suicides. Dr. Stillion will examine trends and hallmarks of elderly suicide and suggest approaches for dealing with suicidal elders and their surviving family and friends.

Integrating Trauma-Informed Care in End-of-Life and Grief Support
Presented by: Hospice Foundation of America
Tuesday, February 20, 2020
9:00 - 10:30 AM

Speaker: Laurie Burke, PhD & Elizabeth Crunk, PhD
Current research is showing links between trauma and poor physical and psychological outcomes, including at the end of life and during bereavement. Dr. Burke and Dr. Crunk will discuss the clinical implications of the relation between adverse childhood experiences (ACES) and complicated grief 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
March 2020

Details to be confirmed.

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