Special Services for the Cancer Patient: Palliative and End-of-Life Care

Date: Jul 12, 2015
Time: 10:00 am - 6:00 pm

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Joy McIlvaine, MS, RN, ANP-BC, LAc

Janine Martino, MSW, LCSW

Lecture / Hands–On

This introductory course is designed to prepare massage therapists with specialty training to offer informed and compassionate palliative and end-of-life support for persons with the diagnosis of cancer and their caregivers at any stage. Coordination with multiple partners in the care team is emphasized with development of a care plan.

Lecture and discussion to explore end-of-life and palliative care measures. Demonstration and return demonstration of gentle touch therapies are utilized for support for the client and caregivers. At the end of class, students will be able to verbalize understanding of palliative and end-of-life care [PELC] in the context of the person with symptoms of cancer or the treatment process. Students will:

  •  Differentiate between palliative care, end-of-life and hospice
  •  Discuss feelings, values, attitudes and expectations on the topic of death and grief
  •  Verbalize experiences of loss, suffering, grief and bereavement
  •  Explore the variety of perceptions one may have around the grieving process for the client and the family
  •  Discuss the definition of palliative care as compared to other care models
  •  Describe basic principles regarding a multi-dimensional care model
  •  Acknowledge end-of-life signs and symptoms and measures to alleviate suffering
  •  Verbalize the concept of promotion of massage therapy, touch therapy or energy work as palliative care and model for the client and caregivers
  •  Discuss ways to communicate effectively and with an interdisciplinary team and how to participate in the coordination of care
  •  Demonstrate skill in development of a plan for palliative care and end-of-life needs within a variety of settings.

McIlvaine photo copyJoy McIlvaine, MS, RN, ANP-BC, LAc is an educator for nurses and therapists and she has practiced massage therapy for over 20 years. She currently works as a Nurse Education Manager at Mount Sinai Beth Israel in New York City. She has a varied history of studies including massage therapy, therapeutic yoga, meditation, Jin Shin Jyutsu and Asian Medicine including acupressure, acupuncture and herbal therapy. She received her Masters of Oriental Medicine from the Acupuncture and Integrative Medicine College in Berkeley, CA and had a private practice in Mill Valley, CA. With a desire towards the integrative vision of medicine, Joy studied nursing and received an Adult Nurse Practitioner degree from Columbia University in New York City. Her training included a specialty in Herbs, Nutraceuticals and Supplements and a second specialty in Palliative and End-of-Life Care. She also completed a post-graduate fellowship in Acupuncture and Integrative Medicine at Mount Sinai Beth Israel’s Center for Health and Healing. For CATA’s Oncology Massage Training and Certification curriculum, she teaches courses in Jin Shin Jyutsu Self-Help; Palliative and End-of-Life Care; Ethics, Professionalism & Boundaries; and Asian Bodywork & Energetics.

IMG_5425Janine Martino, MSW, LCSWis a Senior Social Worker at the NYU Laura and Isaac Perlmutter Cancer Center. She works with cancer patients and their families and caregivers providing emotional support and counseling as they experience life with cancer. She assists patients with the psychological, social, emotional and spiritual issues that people with cancer are faced with. She also facilitates weekly support groups for patients living with lung cancer. She has been in the field of medical social work for 6 years with a focus in palliative and end of life care [PELC]. She obtained her masters degree in Social Work (MSW) and a Post Master’s certificate in Palliative and End of Life Care from New York University’s Silver school of Social Work. She received her undergraduate Bachelor’s degree from the University of Scranton in Counseling and Human Services, with a minor in Psychology and a concentration in Human Development.

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