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Proactive Health Care Planning Conversations

August 14, 2020 @ 9:00 am - 10:30 am

Proactive Health Care
Planning Conversations

Get the Best Possible Care Over Your Lifetime

Friday August 14, 2020
9:00 am – 10:30 am

Live Virtual Event
via the Zoom Platform

Illness and accidents can happen anytime – it’s just part of life. Healthcare providers must be able to confidently start proactive planning conversations with adults and families to prepare them for a time when the person in their care is unable to make healthcare decisions for themselves. Healthcare professionals will be able to incorporate the tools and practices offered in this program to start goals of care conversations to align the best possible care to an individual’s values and choices.


9:00 am – 10:30 am How to start proactive conversations at every phase of health

  • Review the step-by-step Honoring Choices MA Getting Started Tool Kit
  • Use multilingual documents and culturally sensitive conversations
  • Learn about the Health Care Planning Ambassador’s role and tools
  • Introduction to Ariadne Lab’s Serious Illness Conversation Guide

How do we put our health care plans into action

  • Define best practices for implementation
  • How to help adults access best possible care aligned with their health care plan


Ellen DiPaola, M.Ed., JD
President & CEO, Honoring Choices Massachusetts

Ellen M. DiPaola is an attorney, with a former practice in Guardianship and Conservatorship and estate planning. Ellen has worked extensively in helping adults and families create personal health care plans as a Respecting Choices Certified Instructor. She is an appointed member of the MA Department of Public Health Palliative Care & Quality of Life Interdisciplinary Advisory Council, and chairs the Health Care Planning and MOLST Sub-Committee. Ellen is a certified Mediator and is an experienced advocate for the rights of adults with cognitive challenges.

Pre-Registration Required

General Public and Caregivers FREE
Certificate of Attendance $45
Psychology Certificate of Attendance $95


Program meets the requirements for nursing contact hours as specified by the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Nursing – 244 CMR 5.04

Application for social worker continuing education credits has been submitted. Please contact us at 413-842-5160 for the status of social worker CE accreditation.

Berkshire AHEC is recognized as an approved provider by the Massachusetts Board of Registration of Nursing Home Administrators to offer continuing education credits for nursing home administrators. Provider NH-09015-002. 1.5 Contact Hours

Berkshire AHEC has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 5585. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. Berkshire AHEC is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs. (NBCC Logo)

This course has been approved by Berkshire AHEC, as a NAADAC Approved Education Provider, for educational credits. NAADAC Provider #103559, Berkshire AHEC is responsible for all aspects of the programing.

CE credits for psychologists are provided by the Spiritual Competency Resource Center (SCRC) which is co‑sponsoring this program. The Spiritual Competency Resource Center is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Spiritual Competency Resource Center maintains responsibility for this program and its content. For questions about receiving your Certificate of Attendance, contact Berkshire AHEC at hbruno@berkshireahec.org. For questions about CE, visit www.spiritualcompetency.com or contact David Lukoff, PhD at CE@spiritualcompetency.com.

Accredited by CCHI’s CEAP for 1.5 CE hours.

This course has been approved to provide 0.15 IMIA/NBCMI CEUs – Education Registry ID 20-1146.

Successful Completion Requirements for Continuing Education Credits
Participants must sign-in and out, attend the entire program, and complete a program evaluation to receive continuing education credits. Certificates will be distributed to participants by mail after the program.

Special Requests
If you are hearing impaired, or are a person who is differently abled who requires accommodations, please contact Berkshire AHEC 15 days prior to the training.

A refund of the continuing education fee, minus a $5 processing charge, is only available up until two weeks prior to a conference.

Berkshire AHEC reserves the right to cancel a program due to low registration, speaker cancellation, or other uncontrollable circumstances. Notice of cancellation will be provided to registrants by phone, email, and on the berkshireahec.org website. Refunds will be issued within two weeks of a canceled program.

Disclosure Policy
It is the policy of Berkshire AHEC to ensure balance, independence, objectivity, and scientific rigor in all its individually and jointly sponsored programs. All planners and faculty participating in Berkshire AHEC programs are expected to disclose any conflicts of interest that they or their spouse/partner may have that has a direct bearing on the content of the continuing education program.

This program is funded in whole or in part by a grant from Elder Services of Berkshire County, Inc. and, the Executive Office of Elder Affairs.


August 14, 2020
9:00 am - 10:30 am
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