Explore Ethics Related to Cultural, Ethnic and Religious Issues in End-of-Life Decision Making

Presented and developed by Amelia Carroll, MS, LMHC, CT

As of March 2016, the world population was estimated at 7.4 billion, an all-time record high.  The United Nations estimates it will further increase to 11.2 billion in the year 2100. The United States being the third largest with a population 324,180,726 on July 11, 2016 based on the latest United Nations estimates.  Anthropologist Wade Davis stated:  “The world in which you were born is just one model of reality.  Other cultures are not failed attempts at being YOU:  they are unique manifestations of the human spirit.”

As providers, we are met with challenges brought by diversity.  As mental health practitioners our first ethical obligation is to do no harm so it is important that we gain knowledge and self-awareness of the challenges of diversity that we, as providers, are faced with on a day-to-day basis. Diversity factors do not apply to minorities only, and are relevant not only to individuals and their families, but also to professional care providers. 

The workshop will make reference to groups of people who may have broad similarities.  However, as providers we must remember that there is great diversity within cultural and religious groups.  The workshop is meant, therefore, to provide a broad-based overview of key information that may help to provide more culturally congruent care to the client/family seeking your services at the end-of-life.  

The workshop provides an overview which includes:

  • Gain knowledge and self-awareness of the challenges of diversity for health care providers.
  • Increase understanding of ethical implications in Cultural, Ethnic, and Religious end-of-life decision making.
  • Increase cultural terminolog
  • Background information about specific groups
  • Provide more culturally congruent care to your clients who are facing terminal illness/death.
  • Religious representatives/core religious beliefs and practices
  • Common practices related to death/dying
  • Participants will develop a lens of ethics and social justice with which to view their effectiveness with clients. 

Although it is not a prerequisite, it would be helpful/advisable that you have attended either or both Amelia Carroll’s workshops on Loss and Grief or Death and Dying. 

Continuing Education (CE) Information

6 CEs

6 Law and Ethics CEs

Amelia Carroll, MS, LMHC, CT

Amelia Carroll MS, LMHC, CT is a licensed mental health counselor with nearly 25 years' experience in the healing professions.  Certified in Thanatology: the study of dying, death and bereavement, she has dedicated herself to helping others develop better ways of dealing with the issues of loss, grief, serious illness, and end-of-life care as a group, retreat and workshop facilitator, classroom instructor and religious educator.  In addition to a private practice, Ms. Carroll's rich history of work experience includes hospitals, hospices, a cancer treatment center, funeral home and nursing homes where she has worked doing research on spirituality and healing, as a bereavement coordinator, mind-body therapist and chaplain.  She earned a Master of Science Degree in Counseling from Seattle Pacific University, acquired studies and training in world religions, spirituality, healing and integrated medicine.

Along with her Certification in Thanatology, she most recently received Certification in Spiritual Direction from the Sacred Art of Living Center, Living and Dying Series and Anamcara Project.  Singing with a Threshold Choir at the bedside of those who are ill and dying has added another dimension to her work and study in the field of death and dying.  With a strong desire to enhance the quality of life for those suffering from the effects of life-threatening illness, in addition to her work, she was a committee member on the 1996 World Gathering on Bereavement, helped develop the first Children's Hospice in Russia through the St. Petersburg-Seattle Sisters Church Program and has had continuous involvement and a resource to others on the End-of-Life Consensus Coalition.  Currently, Amelia serves as a Board Member on AHAT-Homecare (Affordable Housing and Treatment) in Tacoma.  Amelia has been interviewed and featured on radio and in many newspaper and magazine articles and through her extensive travel she has been honored to address students and professionals on mental health issues both nationally and internationally.

For more information about Amelia and her work, visit her website at:  www.sacredspiritpassages.net

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