Family Empowerment Through Effective Advocacy:
Averting and Overcoming Obstacles to Donation in Today's Healthcare Environment

This workshop is for donation professionals with a minimum of one year experience in leading families in donation conversations. It is recommended that participants have completed the Basic Course, From Novice to Specialist-Empowering and Leading Families in Donation Discussions. This training will build on the basic foundational knowledge of the Dual Advocacy® model and examine how the framework can be combined with advanced communication skills to help families successfully navigate even the most challenging crisis situations as they relate to donation.



Finding yourself challenged at times with:

  • Family opposition to First Person Authorization?
  • Knowing how and when to re-open the family donation conversation?
  • A family that has authorized DCD donation does not want to wait for the patient's likely progression to brain death?
  • A physician who has secured family agreement to a comprehensive DNR order, precluding the opportunity for donation?

Our course leader, Patti Mulvania, invites all participants to work together to create an environment of respect and consideration where participants will feel free to share successes and failures, and concerns and questions. This is a highly interactive training and participants are encouraged to come prepared to work together to create collegial and dynamic learning environment.

Target Audience: Organ procurement professionals with a minimum of one year in leading families in donation conversation. It is recommended that participants have completed the Basic Course, Improving Organ Authorization Rates: Leading Effective and Empowering Family Donation Conversations

Topics of Emphasis:
  • Overcoming and Averting Common Challenges and Obstacles
  • Hardwiring Proactive Responses / Actions / Strategies
  • Navigating DNR's, Withdrawal Decisions and DCDD Opportunities
  • First Person Authorization
  • Atypical Grief
  • Negotiation / Mediation
  • Cultural and Religious Perspectives on Donation and Transplantation
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In order to enhance the classroom experience, all registrants will complete five eLearning modules prior to attending the training. Each module is no longer than 20 minutes and require a computer with speakers and internet access. These modules will cover:
  • An Introduction to Dual Advocacy®
  • Family Communication and Donation Conversations: A Process, Not an Event
  • Family Perspectives on Donation and Transplantation
  • Supporting Families With Children
  • Active Listening

Registrants will be contacted approximately two weeks prior to the start of the course with information on completing these modules.

Hotel: A block of rooms has been reserved at the Independence Park Hotel.  You will receive the group code information with your registration confirmation.

The American Board for Transplant Certification has approved this training for 12.25 Category 1 CEPTCs.

Registration Fee: 
$1,200.00 includes all materials, meals and breaks.

  • When

  • Wednesday, March 14, 2018 - Thursday, March 15, 2018
    9:00 AM - 3:30 PM
    Eastern Time

  • Where

  • Gift of Life Institute
    401 N. 3rd Street
    Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19123

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