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100932: When the Personal and Professional Collide

The Unspoken Influence of Our Selves in End-of-Life Care

About the Course:

  • Are we as professional and “objective” as we believe we are?
  • Do we bring our ghosts to work?
  • Are we ever exactly sure whose needs we are meeting?
  • Do certain patients and families unconsciously “hook” us?

    This concise article addresses the dovetailing of the personal and the professional and the subtle ways in which personal biases, life experiences and blind spots can influence our work in end-of-life care.

    Author

    Renee S. Katz, PhD

    About the Author:

    Renee S. Katz, PhD, is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist, Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Fellow in Thanatology: Death, Dying and Bereavement in private practice in Seattle. For over 25 years she has worked with the dying, bereft, and those living with life limiting illness. Dr. Katz consults, teaches and trains locally and nationally in the areas of grief and bereavement, gerontology, countertransference, and the addictions. She received the American Cancer Society Leadership Award (l985) and the American Cancer Society Division Award for Outstanding Program Development, (Northern California, l984). Dr. Katz chairs the Ethics and Professional Standards Committee of the Association of Death Education and Counseling (ADEC) and is Co-Chair of the Washington State Psychological Association (WSPA) End-of-Life Task Force. The author of many articles and chapters, Dr. Katz is co-editor of two books: Countertransference and Older Clients (SAGE Publications, l990) and When Professionals Weep: Emotional and Countertransference Responses in End-of-Life Care.

    Recommended For:

    Health care practitioners in the fields of aging, oncology, palliative care, mental health, social work, nursing, psychology, psychiatry and medicine.

    Course Objectives:

    1. 1. Identify ways in which the personal and professional dovetail in end-of-life care.

    2. 2. Define current definition of countertransference.

    3. 3. Understand the ways in which identifying countertransference responses can improve care at the end of life.

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