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Conference Provides Opportunity for Continuing Education Units


This conference will help raise awareness of ethical dilemmas, address barriers, provide resources, and teach practical communication skills for having difficult discussions.​​

Using case studies, lecture and panel discussion, participants will be introduced to effective communication tools when discussing illness or injury, living life more fully or end of life issues. The guest speaker will be Kathleen Benton, ethicist, leader in palliative care and​ international author. Participants can earn Continuing Education units.

Who Can Benefit

Nurses, physicians and other providers, therapists, chaplains, counselors, social workers, mediators and others


March 8, 2019,  8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.​; Registration deadline March 4


Georgia Northwestern Technical College - Conference Center

​To Register

Registration as closed for this event.


About The Speaker

Kathleen Benton​ is the author of “The Skill of End of Life Communication for Clinicians:  Getting to the Root of the Ethical Dilemma.”​ She has worked in the area of ethics for more than 12 years. She earned her doctorate in public health leadership from Georgia Southern University, her Masters in Bioethics from Case Western Reserve University and her undergraduate degree in Political Science and Communications from Furman University. 


7:30 - 8:30 a.m.
Registration; coffee and pastries provided
8:30 - 10:00 a.m.
Session 1
​Daniel's Story:  The Ethical Dilemma in Clinical Practice and Communication Conflict                                                                      
Defining the Language of Medical Ethics and the Problems of Poor Communication
Breaching the Walls Created by Healthcare Silos
Naming the Issues Related to Improving Communication 
10:15 - 11:45 a.m.
Session 2
The Nut Graph:  Essential Communication Skills
The Importance of Timing, Listening and Semantics
Seeing the Big Picture 
11:45 - 12:15 p.m.
Lunch provided
​​12:15 - 1:45 p.m.
Session 3
Compassion and Sensitivity
Managing Guilt, Suffering and Issues of Control
Respecting Matters of Culture, Privacy and Faith
2:00 - 3:30 p.m.
Session 4
Putting It All Together
Multi-disciplinary Panel Discussion

Questions and Answers

Continuing Education Contact Hours

​​​​​Nurses: Floyd Medical Center is an approved provider of continuing education by the Alabama Board of Nursing. Provider No.  ABNP-1512. To receive the 6.0 continuing education contact hours, attendees must attend the full-day session.

Physicians: The Floyd Medical Center is accredited by the Medical Association of Georgia to provide continuing medical education for physicians. The Floyd Medical Center designates this live activity for a maximum of 6.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)TM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Social Workers: This workshop is approved for 6 Related Hours by the National Association of Social Workers.

Counselors: 6 Ethics contact hours of continuing education have been approved by the Licensed Professional Counselors Association of Georgia (LPCA CE Approval #6888-17M)

Physical Therapists:  Continuing Education Units application pending.

Commercial Support and Disclosure:  No commercial support.  In compliance with FDA guidelines, Benton​ and activity planners have disclosed that no financial relationship(s) exist. ​​


For more information, call 706-509-5199.