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 on-line. We are pleased to present upcoming webinars by the Institute for Healthy Living and Chronic Disease Prevention, UBC Okanagan and the Hospice Foundation of America.

Please note that "Continuing Education" credits are available for North Okanagan Hospice Society members, staff and volunteers only.

To register, click on the link of the webinar you are interested in below. We look forward to hosting these free educational sessions that are open to the public. Everyone is welcome!

Upcoming Webinar Series 2020-21:

Spirituality as a Foundation for Advance Care Planning
Tuesday, May 4, 2021
9:00 - 10:30 AM (PST)

Free Webinar by Hospice Foundation of America

Guest speakers: Corey Kennard, MACM and Dr. Jessica Zitter

Abstract: Making medical decisions for oneself requires understanding the medical realities and treatment options available. But it also requires a safe space to think about one’s true preferences and values. Unfortunately, most healthcare professionals are either uncomfortable or not equipped to address what may be the most important part of a person’s value system, their spiritual life. Friends and colleagues, Pastor Corey Kennard and Dr. Jessica Zitter will discuss the importance of spirituality in advance care planning discussions.

Register here:

Dementia: The Impact of Isolation on Families
Tuesday, June 1, 2021
9:00 - 10:30 AM (PST)
Free Webinar by the Hospice Foundation of America

Guest speaker: Katherine Supiano, PhD, LCSW, FT

Register here:





  • Adverse Childhood Experiences as a Risk Factor for Complicated Grief
  • Approaching the 40th Anniversary of the Task Model: Why it Still Matters in Clinical Practice
  • Helping Widowed Parents Cope with Parenting, Loss and Life
  • Best Practices in Counseling Survivors of Sudden and Traumatic Loss
  • Managing Difficult Family Dynamics During Illness and Death


  • Cannabis: Does it have a place in palliative and end-of-life care?
  • Funerals and Beyond: Using Rituals to Support Grieving Youth
  • Supporting Children Through Dying and Death of a Family Member
  • Cultural and Spiritual Competency in End-of-Life Care
  • Put your own Oxygen Mask on First - Self-Care for Hospice and Palliative Care Professionals
  • Medical Cannabis - The Essentials for Palliative Care
  • Exploring Complementary Pain Management Techniques in End-of-Life Care
  • #grief: Social Media and Mourning
  • Attachment Theory and Grief Support
  • Nurses' Experiences with Medical Assistance in Dying (MAiD)