Palliative Sedation: Cautions, Concerns, and Indications

This webinar is recommended for all healthcare professionals.

Administrators, Nurses, Dietitians, Social Workers, Recreational Therapists, and Catholic Chaplains.

This October, the Avila Institute will be streaming their long-term care conference live. The first day of the conference will focus on topics in palliative care and the second day will look at the latest in regulatory and compliance. Continuing education will be available for Nurses, Social Workers, Dietitians, Catholic Chaplains, Recreation Therapists, and Nursing Home Administrators to earn continuing education credit.

Time, Topic, Speaker

Monday, October 8, 2018, 9:00 AM ET, 60 min

Palliative Sedation: Cautions, Concerns, and Indications

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Webinar Description

Caring for persons who are suffering can be extremely difficult. Participants will learn how to outline an assessment and protocol for care for persons for whom palliative sedation is being considered. Assessing psychological, social and spiritual domains of suffering can be critical in determining the best course of action. This requires very careful consideration and conversation as well as a willingness to consult and obtain ethical advice. Participants will consider differing terminology for sedation at the end of life and its ethical importance. Father Sheehan will describe what is appropriate end of life sedation and what is inappropriate using supportive documents and allocutions along with an understanding of your organization’s tradition and mission.

Myles N. Sheehan, SJ, MD Assistant to the Provincial for Senior Jesuits, USA Northeast Province of Jesuits

Fr. Myles N. Sheehan, SJ, served as Provincial of the New England Province of Jesuits from July 31, 2009 to December 2, 2014. Fr. Sheehan joined the New England Province of Jesuits on August 25, 1985, made his novitiate at St. Andrew House in Boston, MA, and was ordained to the priesthood on June 18, 1994. On April 22, 2005, he professed solemn vows in the Society of Jesus.

Fr. Sheehan was born on April 18, 1956, in Marshfield, Massachusetts, and graduated from Thayer Academy, Braintree, Massachusetts in 1974, Dartmouth College in 1978 and Dartmouth Medical School in 1981. He trained in Internal Medicine at Boston’s Beth Israel Hospital from 1981-1984 and received further training in Geriatrics from the Harvard Geriatric Fellowship Program from 1989-1991. Fr. Sheehan received an M.A. in Philosophy/Health Care Ethics in 1989 from Loyola University of Chicago and an M. Div. from Weston Jesuit School of Theology in Cambridge, Massachusetts in 1994.

From 1991-1995, Fr. Sheehan was an Instructor in Medicine at Harvard Medical School and attending physician and Director of Geriatric Consultation Services at Beth Israel Hospital. In 1995, Fr. Sheehan moved to Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood, Illinois. From 1992-1995 Fr. Sheehan was the recipient of a Brookdale Foundation Fellowship in Geriatrics, and from 1999-2001 Fr. Sheehan received a faculty fellowship from the Project on Death in America and developed the Recovering Our Traditions curriculum, aimed at improved end of life care in the Catholic community.

Dr. Sheehan’s activities at Loyola University included administrative, teaching, and curricular development work in his role as Senior Associate Dean and Director of the Ralph P. Leischner, Jr. Institute for Medical Education. He had a practice in geriatric medicine along with his work in end of life care and improving palliative care, especially in Catholic healthcare. Fr. Sheehan was named one of Chicago’s Top Doctors yearly from 2002-2010. He is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Catholic Health Association. In 2007, Fr. Sheehan was named a Fellow of the American College of Physicians.

Credit Information

ATTENDANCE: All participants must attend the webinar in full, enter the complete verification code, and complete the evaluation.

No partial credit is to be given if any time is missed during an individual session presented at this conference. Extenuating circumstances may be considered by discussing the reasoning behind missing the time and determining if credits can be offered an alternative way. 

Administrators (NAB)

This program has been approved for Continuing Education for 1.0 total participant hours by NAB/NCERS—Approval 20191007-2.25-A46522-DL.


Catholic Chaplains

This educational program has been approved for 1.0 Continuing Education Hours by the National Association of Catholic Chaplains.


Dietitians (Registered) 

This educational program has been submitted to the Commission on Dietetic Registration for approval to award Continuing Professional Education Hours. Please contact us at 518-537-5000 or for the status of CPE accreditation.



This webinar is part of the program "Compassion, Comfort, and Compliance in Long-term Care." People who complete this webinar in full will receive 1.0 Contact Hours.


This continuing nursing education activity was approved by the Northeast Multi-State Division, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. Maine, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island, Vermont Nurses Associations are members of the Northeast Multi-State Division of the American Nurses Association.


Approved Contact Hour(s):11.0

Program Code #: 002-169-070618

Recreation Therapists

This webinar is part of the program "Compassion, Comfort, and Compliance in Long-term Care." People who complete this webinar in full will receive 0.1 CEUs.


The American Therapeutic Recreation Association has reviewed and pre-approved this workshop for up to 1.1 CEUs. Approval #181008NY


ATRA awarded Category B CEUs are not automatically accepted for credit by NCTRC or other professional credentialing organizations. Individual CTRS’s may submit the CEUs to NCTRC for consideration in their individual recertification process. Statistically, 85% of pre-approved ATRA CEU credits are also approved by NCTRC.

Social Workers

This program has been approved for 1.0 Social Work Continuing Education hours for relicensure, in accordance with 258 CMR. Collaborative of NASW and the Boston College and Simmons Schools of Social Work Authorization Number D80029-1.

New York State Social Workers
Avila Institute of Gerontology, Inc. is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #SW-0265.


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