Dessert Dialogues: Using Relationship Enhancement to Help Families Work through End-of-Life Decisions – Webinar – September 19, 2020

September 19, 2020 9:00 am - 12:15 pm Webinar

Presenter: Mary Ortwein, M.S., LMFT

Saturday, September 19, 9:00 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. 3 CE credits

As a recent advertisement noted, “100% of people die.”  A broken hip, sudden symptoms, COVID-19, or even a routine trip to the doctor can abruptly bring the reality of end-of-life decisions to front row center of a family’s life. Often, because such decisions are emotionally difficult, elders and their children do not share together their thoughts, feelings, concerns, and desires in ways that both make conscientious decisions and build family unity.

This workshop mixes the Experiential Format of the Relationship Enhancement® model with the content of a book in process by the presenter, Dessert Dialogues:  6 Family Conversations to Have Before a Health Crisis to provide a model for therapists and families to use to discuss end-of-life decisions prior to a health emergency.

The Experiential Format of RE was developed by Dr. Bernard Guerney and his colleagues to enable family members to learn RE skills quickly in the context of immediate issues.  This workshop will begin with video selections of Dr. Guerney working with a family in this model.  Using break-out sessions in the Zoom format, workshop participants will then have an opportunity to practice use of Experiential RE to help family members unfamiliar with the RE model learn quickly how to discuss emotionally laden issues with respect, honesty, and compassion.

The second half of this 3-hour workshop will overview common specific issues which are often included in end-of-life family discussions, some references to develop clinician competency in these issues, and provide a video demonstration of how such content can be introduced to a family within the context of RE Experiential Model dialogue.

The workshop will be supplemented by selections from Dessert Dialogues: 6 Family Conversations to Have Before a Health Crisis.

NOTE:  While some content in “Dessert Dialogues” is specifically directed to families within the Roman Catholic Church, this presentation will focus on using the Relationship Enhancement® model to discuss end-of-life issues across the gamut of faith and secular perspectives.

Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of this presentation, participants will be able to:

  1. Identify core issues which need to be addressed in family discussions of end-of-life decisions
  2. Use the Experiential Format of Relationship Enhancement® to effectively include family members with and without previous background in the Relationship Enhancement® model in family end-of-life discussions
  3. Adapt the Dessert Dialogues structure for families of various religious beliefs

Mary Ortwein, MS, LMFT, is co-author with Bernard Guerney of numerous Relationship Enhancement® programs, including Mastering the Mysteries of Love, Love’s Cradle, Relationship Enhancement® for Refugees and Immigrants, Ready for Love, and Mastering the Mysteries of Sacramental Love.  Since her semi-retirement, she spends a couple of days a week with the carebound and their families in her church.  Her experiences and relationships from this work have led to a new curriculum within her Catholic faith, “Jesus is Coming to Your House Today: Communion with Community for the Carebound,” as well as “Dessert Dialogues.” 

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