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On Thursday, April 25 at 1 p.m. in the Fury Lecture Hall of the Prusmack Center, Dominican College and United Hospice of Rockland will present the Annual Hospice of America Seminar "Improving Care for Veterans Facing Illness and Death". 

The panelists for this pre-recorded discussion include Scott T. Shreve, DO, National Director, Hospice of Palliative Care, Department of Veterans Affairs; Deborah Grassman, ARNP, Author, Lecturer, Consultant, Department of Veterans Affairs; Kenneth J. Doka, PhD, MDiv, Professor of Gerontology, The College of New Rochelle, and Hospice Senior Consultant, Foundation of America; Paul Tschudi, MA, EdS, LPC, Assistant Professor.Director, the George Washington University Vietnam veteran; and Ryan Weller, MSW, LCSW, Palliative Care Program manager, Portland VA Medical Center.  
This presentation if geared toward professionals who work with veterans and their families, veterans, and students pursuing degrees in healthcare and counseling. Topics covered will include:
  • How specific wars may require specialized responses
  • How dangerous duty and combat duty can make dealing with illness and end of life more difficult 
  • The importance of reminiscing and life reviews 
Learning objectives:


  • describe the unique components of military culture and experiences
  • define post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • differentiate the unique experiences and health risks of different veteran cohorts
  • discuss different issues that might arise in end-of-life care of veterans
  • discuss sensitivities and interventions that enhance counseling to veterans and their families
  • describe the varied systems of care that might serve veterans at the end of life and discuss the ways that policies and systems could enhance care
  • describe the lessons and insights professionals may glean from caring for veterans that might have general implications for the broader population
To RSVP please contact Mimi Hoffman, Community Liaison - United Hospice of Rockland at 845-634-4974 or mhoffman@hospiceofrockland.org. To find out information about CEUs please contact the Director of Counseling at 845-634-4974 or eschmidt@hospiceofrockland.org. 
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