Implementing a Virtual End-of-Life Psychotherapy Group

Savannah Geske, PhD, Clinical Psychologist
Kadie Harry, PhD, Psychologist
Saint Luke’s Health System

This session describes the utilization of a workbook and the development of a companion group therapy manual on end-of-life (EoL) planning for patients with advanced cancer. Any patient with advanced cancer is eligible for the free virtual psychotherapy group. During four weekly sessions, patients discuss and complete the workbook and compile information and documents about pre- and post-death decisions. Each session begins with a brief check in and review of completed homework, as well as discussion questions pertaining to each group session’s content. Sessions also include recommendations and strategies on how to approach conversations about EoL decisions and concerns with loved ones and treatment providers. Hear preliminary results about an associated research project examining the effectiveness of this telehealth psychotherapy group to increase patient engagement in EoL planning, improve quality of life, decrease death-related anxiety, and help patient’s process fears and concerns.

• This session will award .50 continuing education credit for physicians, nurses, and pharmacists.

• This program session is Approved by the National Association of Social Workers (Approval # 886791045-6518) for .50 continuing education contact hour.


Open to view video.
Open to view video.
Open to download resource.
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