Virtual Upcoming Events

Upcoming events from Behavioral Health Specialists from around the state.

Voluntarily Stopping Eating and Drinking

with Debra Johnson of EOLCOregon (End of Life Choices Oregon)

6/15/2022 12:00 PM-1:00 PM PT 

Location: Virtual Training Event

Target audience: direct care workers/care providers/community members

Contact Angela Franklin at afranklin@optionsonline.org with any questions about this event.

VSED, commonly known as “voluntarily stopping eating and drinking, is a lesser known available option to hasten death. Properly pursued and supported, someone who is seeking for a way to hasten their death due to chronic suffering from an illness, or to preempt, perhaps, the last phase of a debilitating condition may consider using VSED. Despite it’s wide accessibility legally, VSED is frequently misunderstood as an inhumane way to end one’s life due to ‘starving oneself to death’. In this presentation, I will clear up the misconceptions around VSED and discuss how this can be a relatively comfortable and peaceful way to end one’s life.

Learning Objectives:

    • Understand the process of using VSED as its legal statute as a way to end one’s life
    • Clarify what VSED is and what VSED is not
    • Gain knowledge of the many challenges in using VSED
    • Examine the experience of suffering and why VSED is a choice for certain individuals as a way to end life
    • Stimulate thought and reflection on how VSED is misconstrued as an act of suicide
    • Illustrate and distinguish the 4 Principles of Healthcare Ethics that create a division amongst healthcare professionals and their role in support of VSED

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Community-centered End of Life Care and End of Life Doulas

6/22/2022 12:00 PM-1:00 PM PT 

With Elizabeth Johnson, MA and Erin Collins, BSN RN CHPN

Location: Virtual Training Event

Target audience: direct care workers/care providers/community members

Contact Angela Franklin at afranklin@optionsonline.org with any questions about this event.

The Peaceful Presence Project is a nonprofit organization, based in Bend, with a mission to reimagine the way communities talk about, plan for and experience serious illness and the end of life. Co-directors Elizabeth Johnson, MA and Erin Collins, BSN RN CHPN will discuss their mission of improving end of life literacy and empowering communities with the skills and knowledge to support each other in living, aging and dying well, in place.

At the end of this workshop, participants will be able to:

    • Describe the Compassionate Communities Model of Care.
    • Identify two ways that end-of-life doulas support individuals during serious and terminal illness.

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Advanced Care Planning: Advanced Directives, POLSTs and After-death Care Directives

With Angela Franklin, Older Adult Behavioral Health Specialist

6/29/2022 12:00 PM-1:30 PM PT 

Location: Virtual Training Event

Target audience: direct care workers/care providers/community members

Contact Angela Franklin at afranklin@optionsonline.org with any questions about this event.

OABHI Specialist Angela Franklin will discuss what advance care planning is and the different documents to be utilized. She will how ACP educators and coordinators are shifting focus with implementation and facilitation of ACP conversations.

At the end of this workshop, participants will be able to:

    • Describe key elements of advance care planning
    • Understand the difference between an advance directive, a living will, and a POLST.
    • Learn strategies to engage in ACP conversations
    • Explore after-death care directives and identify different types of final disposition.

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Geropsychology Lecture Series

with Nicole Reynolds, PsyD, ABPP

7/20, 7/27, 8/3, 8/10, 8/17 2022 12:00 PM-1:00 PM PT 

Location: Virtual Training Event

Target audience: primary care providers, community partners, support services, administrative/managers, behavioral health/mental health providers

Contact Alicia Garrison at garrisonal@careoregon.org with any questions about this event.

This lecture series will provide a broad overview of topics relevant to Geropsychology work. The goal is to enhance the learner’s understanding of aging/ older adults as well as increase awareness of the many unique complexities of working with the older adult population in mental health and healthcare settings. This will include a general overview (intro) followed by further discussion of the clinical implications, mental health issues, ethical considerations, and system practices.

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Mental Illness and Older Adults

1/25/2022, 2/2022/2022, 3/22/2022, 4/26/2022, 5/24/2022, 6/28/2022, 7/26/2022, 8/23/2022, 9/27/2022 12:00 PM-1:00 PM PST 

Location: Virtual Training Event

Target audience: Mental health professionals, case managers, community health workers, long-term care workers, and others working with older adults

Contact Britta Willson at bwillson@gobhi.org  with any questions about this event.

The Mental Illness and Older Adults educational series provides education about older adults living with mental health conditions to community partners in order to improve the knowledge and skills of people who provide services or care to this population. Starting January 25, 2022, this series takes place monthly every 4th Thursday at 12pm. Topics include: Trauma Informed Care; Anxiety; Depression, Delirium, and Dementia; Personality Disorders; Severe Mental Illness; Failure to Thrive and Frailty; Substance Use Disorder; PTSD; and Filling the Day with Meaning. Free! CEUs available!

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View materials from past events hosted by the Behavioral Health Initiative such as the 2021 Forum on Behavioral Health Policy in Oregon.

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