Consultations and Presentations


I offer consultations to agencies, hospitals, and healthcare teams for:
  • Debriefing with teams on difficult cases;
  • Working with challenging clients/patients and families;
  • Understanding team dynamics to improve teamwork;
  • Conflict management;
  • How to engage in difficult conversations;
  • Talking about end-of-life issues;
  • How to support a grieving co-worker.


I offer presentations in the community on a number of different topics, including, but not limited to:
Advance Care Planning;
Cultural Diversity;
Family Dynamics;
Gift of Presence;
Hospice 101;
Hospice 101 and the Role of the Social Worker;
LGBT Issues: Gaining Awareness;
LGBT Issues and End-of-Life
Palliative Sedation, Social Work Ethics and End-of-Life Care;
Professional Boundaries;
Social Work Ethics and End-of-Life Care;
Suffering and Existential Suffering at End-of-Life.
I can collaborate with organizations to offer CEUs for topics presented.

Invited Speaker

Legal Aid Society of Cleveland Annual Staff Retreat "LGBTQ Clients & Families: Why Recognition, Words & Acceptance Matter so Much in Providing Quality Legal Aid Services" 12/11/15 
Hospice of the Western Reserve Volunteer Team Building Retreat "Vulnerability: Easier Said Than Done" 10/15/15
Aging Services Network East "Professional Boundaries: Blessings, Burdens, or Both?" 10/6/15
Menorah Park Aging Resources Dinner "Purposeful Planning for our Aging and Care Needs: Knowledge is Power" 9/17/15
Menorah Park Annual CEU Presentation Dinner "Can't we all Just get Along? Conflict Management" 5/20/15
Hospice of the Western Reserve- Co-presenter with Chuck Behrens, MDiv. "Spirituality and Ethics" 5/15/15
Menorah Park Becker Lecture "Ethics in Long Term Care" 3/26/15
LGBTQ Self-Acceptance & Compassion (joint seminar with Marsha Heiden/AmaraQuest) 1/24/15
University Hospitals Seidman Cancer Center, Facilitator, Adaptation to Loss, 10/21/14
Menorah Park Annual Board Meeting: Difficult Conversations, 10/14/14
Hillcrest Case Managers Lunch and Learn: “Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender,and Queer Patients and Families: Why Recognition, Words, and Acceptance Matter so much in Providing Quality Healthcare,” (sponsored by Menorah Park) 7/30/14
Menorah Park Annual CEU Presentation “Keeping the Wolves at Bay—When Compassion Fatigue and Burnout are Biting at Your Heels” 6/24/14
Facilitator for Transformation and Purpose from Grief and Loss, part of a lecture series coinciding with the DIRGE (Reflections on Life and Death) exhibit at
MOCA in collaboration with MSASS, Hospice of the Western Reserve  and Lifebanc, 3/19/14.
Palliative Sedation, Medina Hospital, Ethics Committee 3/4/13
Hospice ethics case, Medina Hospital, Ethics Committee, 2/4/13
Hospice ethics case. Baldwin Wallace, MBA program. 11/13/12
LGBT Issues at End-of-Life:  Gaining Awareness” Pennsylvania Hospice Association’s Annual Meeting (breakout session). 2009
Ethics and End-of-Life Care-Cleveland State University Cole Education Center
Ethics and End-of-Life Care—City of Mayfield Heights
End-of-Life Decision-Making—Cleveland Clinic Foundation Department of Social Work
End-of-Life Issues—Lecturer in Adult Development Class at Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences
Hospice 101—Lecturer in Death and Dying Class at Mandel School of Applied Social Science at Case Western Reserve University
LGBT Issues: Gaining Awareness. Cleveland Job Corps, 11/29/10 & 12/21/10
Being "Really" Present for Family and Friends When They Are Sick: Talks of a Hospice Social Worker (11/1/07 & 11/13/07) for HWR donors
LGBT Issues over the Lifespan at Old South UCC Church in Kirtland, OH
Facilitator at Old South UCC Church, Kirtland, OH, for congregational dialogues about becoming an open and affirming congregation                     

Professional Presentations

2011    “Thinking Outside the Box While Putting the Patient in a Box: Challenges Faced and Lessons Learned by a Transdisciplinary Team While Caring for a Patient with Huntington’s Disease” - National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization Annual Clinical Team Conference
2011   “End–of-Life Issues for LGBT Patients: Gaining Awareness” - National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization Annual Clinical Team Conference
2009   “Palliative sedation and ethics in end-of-life care” - Ohio Hospice and Palliative Care Organization Annual Meeting
2009   “LGBT issues at end-of-life: Gaining awareness” - National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization Annual Clinical Team Conference

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