Palliative care

Palliative Care Conversations Across the Spectrum of Care

Workshop Date

Tuesday, February 11, 2020

If this date does not work for you, and you would like to be notified the next time that this workshop is offered, please let us know by completing this Inquiry Form.


Employees of Boston Children’s Hospital: Complimentary

Non-BCH employees: $295

Continuing Education

CNE and Social Work credits are available.


Participant Reviews

"I learned to appreciate how truly important patient and family-focused palliative care is throughout the experience and life of the patient"


This course was inspired and designed based on the needs for improved interdisciplinary and inter-subspecialty communication identified by the family of Paul Contini, a former patient at Boston Children’s Hospital. Each day-long workshop brings together interdisciplinary professionals across experience levels to engage in a day of learning that focuses on the unique communication and relational skills needs of young neurologically complex patients and their families. Each workshop offers didactic presentations, realistic enactments with professional actors, videotape feedback and debriefing, and group discussion. Each workshop emphasizes the importance of the patient and family perspectives through the use of videotaped family interviews and actors as patient and parent ethical understudies. Participants are encouraged to reflect on their personal and professional experience, and how that can influence their approach to difficult conversations with patients and families.

Who Should Attend

Interdisciplinary participants working in the fields of neonatology, neurology, neurosurgery, and anesthesiology at any level of experience are welcome to enroll including but not limited to:

  • Physicians
  • Nurses
  • Social workers
  • Psychologists
  • Chaplains
  • Medical Interpreters

Workshop enrollment size: 15-25 participants

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Stephen D. Brown, MD

Director, Institute for Professionalism and Ethical Practice
Staff Radiologist
Associate Professor of Radiology, Harvard Medical School

Pamela Varrin, PhD

Psychosocial Faculty, IPEP
Family Faculty, IPEP

Margaret (Meg) Comeau, MHA

Family Faculty
Faculty Associate

Shih-Ning (Sunni) Liaw, MD, FAAP

Attending Physician, Pediatric Advanced Care Team (PACT)
Instructor in Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School