The Division of Palliative Care coordinates regional palliative academic rounds twice a month. These one hour presentations are scheduled every 2nd Friday from 0800 – 0900h and currently are held at the Hospice at Maycourt in Ottawa and are available on the Ontario Telehealth Network (OTN). Information about upcoming rounds is included in the CHPCP Events Calendar. In addition, you can view archived sessions on OTN. Please click here to access these archived sessions.

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Education Day 2018 – Champlain Hospice Palliative Care Program – 28th Annual!

May 10

The Healing Arts of HPC, is a full day of education exploring the parallels between the Art of Practice and the Practice of Arts in Hospice Palliative Care

Centurion Conference Center, 170 Colonnade Rd. South, Ottawa, ON, K2E 7J5

Early-bird Rates
before April 15

General Public

Full-time students

HPC Volunteers

Half Day






Regular Rates
from  April 16 to April 30th





Schedule: Thursday May 10, 2018

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8:00 – 8:45 Registration - Payment online - prior to April 30, 2018

8:45 - 9:00 Welcome, Opening Remarks

9:00 – 10:15 Keynote Speaker - Jeremie Saunders, actor, teacher, activist, co-founder of Sickboy podcast

Keynote Speaker: Jeremie Saunders is a multi award-winning professional actor, speaker, and yoga instructor who happens to live with a genetic lung disease called Cystic Fibrosis. Jeremie's podcast Sickboy, which he co-created with friends Brian Stever and Taylor MacGillivary, is an international success - a call to arms and advocacy for living life to the fullest and never letting go. 

10:30 – 10:45 Refreshment break

10:45 – 12:15 Morning workshop series

Morning Workshop Series : 

- Choose one workshop -

New Stories: How can Narrative Medicine deepen communication between patients and practitioners?   This session opens with observation of a visual art piece using the techniques of Visual Thinking Strategies (VTS). Concepts in Narrative Medicine will then be explored. They will be practiced in the reading of a short piece of literature and the creation of a reflective text inspired by that reading.  Participants will gain first-hand experience in the process of Narrative Medicine and its use within clinical practice.

Leonard Bloom, MD is a Family Physician who has been a member of the Greenboro Family Medicine Centre for 28 years. He completed his residency at Memorial and Queen’s. Prior to attending medical school at McGill he completed an undergraduate degree in English Literature and taught high school, under the auspices of CUSO, in Nigeria. As Chair of Interviewing Skills in the Faculty of Medicine and as a member of the Distinguished Teachers Program, he is particularly involved in undergraduate teaching and has a great interest in the power of language to create diagnostic accuracy and inspired relationships in the interactions of patients and physicians.

Lynn Bloom is a clinical social worker in private practice, as well as an adjunct professor with the University of Ottawa, Faculty of Medicine and a member of the Department of Innovation in Medical Education. In 2014, Ms. Bloom received the Bessie Touzel award for excellence in social work practice from the Ontario Association of Social Workers, Eastern Branch. This year, Ms. Bloom is supervising an interprofessional group of students in a new social determinants of health clinic at the Elizabeth Bruyère Family Medicine Clinic. She also has co-curated the first permanent exhibit of medical student artwork at the uOttawa, Faculty of Medicine, on display until 2019 in the Roger Guindon foyer.


Companioning - Listening and Learning at End of Life: Journey through the development, use and evaluation “Life Through my Eyes”, an interdisciplinary patient engagement tool, developed by CBI, to assist health care providers integrate their clients’ needs, identities and priorities into care. Participants will learn effective strategies to educate direct care personnel to apply these companioning strategies.  Melissa Hill, RN

Melissa Hill is a Registered Nurse and carries the title of Care Manager with CBI Health Group (formerly We Care). Melissa is a graduate of St. Lawrence College in Kingston, ON and is currently working on her BN degree through the University of Athabasca. She has been with CBI/We Care for over 15 years and has had the opportunity to work in many different roles within the organization. Through Melissa’s experiences with CBI/We Care, she has developed strong interests in supporting nurses and personal support services staff through education, training, and interactive learning.


Therapeutic Touch® is a holistic, evidence-based therapy that incorporates the intentional and compassionate use of universal energy to promote balance and well-being.  TT facilitates relaxation and can decrease the perception of pain. Through exercises, demonstration and case studies, participants will see how TT is responsive to the unique needs of people with life ending illness and their families. Participants will practice some initial steps of TT, that can be integrated into the palliative care experience from diagnosis to bereavement.   

Patricia Tamosetis B.A. B.Ed. TTRT  began her Therapeutic Touch® (TT) journey in 1992 and has been actively involved ever since.  In addition to teaching and seeing clients, Patricia is an active volunteer with Madawaska Valley Hospice and the Therapeutic Touch Network of Ontario.  Over the years she has taught many hospice volunteers the art and science of TT and currently facilitates the Barry’s Bay Branch practice evenings.  Pat is also part of a team that offers Therapeutic Touch to hospice clients and their care-givers.


12:15 – 1:00 Buffet lunch

1:00 – 1:45 Walking the talk… Choose from mini-sessions in creation, reflection, or networking

Walking the talk!  Experiential mini-sessions in creation, reflection, or networking. Choose one. 

Creation: come to the Art Studio and work with our Artist in Residence Marie-Claude Charland, to design and create your own a mandala, an ancient and contemporary tool for meditation, clarity and calm. 

Marie-Claude Charland:  A métisse artist of Indigenous (Ojibwe and Mohawk), French and Scottish descent, Marie-Claude creates masks, large figurative sculptures, paintings, murals and mixed-media works and installations. She has been known to engage in storytelling/performance and writing/editing in English and French. With a Bachelor of Fine Arts, studies in psychology and art therapy, traditional Indigenous teachings and a rich background as a facilitator, she pursues her artistic practice from her home base in the Ottawa/Outaouais area, and facilitates wellness workshops through group and individual sessions.


Reflection: Enjoy some time in our ‘reflection room’ and experience a mindful meditation led by Tara Cohen, MSW and Pam Grassau, PhD, RSW.   

Tara Cohen is a social worker who is deeply committed to supporting individuals in achieving their optimal quality of life, throughout their life journey. Tara encourages collaboration, integration and wellness across a variety of settings and populations, using a trauma-informed care perspective and mindfulness.   

Pam Grassau, BSW, MSW, PhD, an Assistant Professor in the School of Social Work at Carleton University, has been working with patients, families and care providers in palliative care education and research for the past 8 years. Focusing on families in end of life, and specifically mothers living with advanced illness and their adult daughters, her research focuses on care giving/receiving, life review, loss and legacy.  Pam works to weave self-compassion, narrative meaning-making, creative expression and transformative mindfulness into all parts of her life.


Networking: Enjoy this time to ask questions and discover local resources, vendors, programs and services that use Arts-based practices in support of death, dying - and living.  Chat with colleagues and make new connections.  Door prizes may result.

1:45 – 3:00 Afternoon Workshop Series

Choose  one  workshop:

Learning with All of Our Senses: Using the creative arts to engage people, can bring out voices left unrecognised. Photo Voice, or Caregiver Digital Storytelling enhances engagement and invites caregivers to share their experiences and knowledge of health, creativity, traditional medicines, spirituality, and community resilience. For this action research project we worked with First Nations and Métis communities, exploring  different ways of knowing, made visible through creative activities. The digital stories that were created in this research project will be shared. Participants will leave with an understanding of how this work can support caregivers and their communities. 

Chad Hammond is the Program Manager, Advance Care Planning in Canada, at the Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Association.  Chad has a Ph.D. in Psychology (Culture, Health and Human Development) from the University of Saskatchewan, with extensive experience in arts-based, participatory research in chronic illness, palliative care, and Indigenous health.  Chad has also been a volunteer with local, provincial, and national organizations mainly in the field of supportive cancer care, and  acquired his certification as a compassionate care volunteer with the Prairie Hospice Society in Saskatoon, SK. His creative practice includes creating short stories, poetry, digital storytelling, and the occasional painting.


How to avoid red, when you’re feeling blue:

My candle burns at both ends; It will not last the night; 
But ah, my foes, and oh, my friends - it gives a lovely light!         Edna Vincent Millay 

By taking a look at how practitioners’ priorities and quality of care shift throughout the burnout process, this session will discuss some artful approaches to recognizing and avoiding practitioner burnout. Equally important, we will identify prevention strategies, including how to deal with resistance to change.  

 Dr Benoit Robert joined Perley Rideau in 1999, and assumed his current position as Perley Rideau’s Medical Director in January 2011. He also holds the position of Co-Medical Director, Dementia Program at the Glebe Centre. He obtained his MD from the University of Ottawa in 1986, and achieved specialisation in family medicine with a CCFP in 1988 at the same university.


Families, Art and Bereavement:  Artful expression in a safe environment facilitates the mourning process and helps to clarify any cognitive confusion that a child may have about death. Providing space for a mourning family to express grief through art, helps them to accept the reality of the death, and empowers them to begin to reinvest in life and loving again. This workshop explores the work done and lessons learned in Let’s Art About Grief, a series of workshops offered by Beth Donovan Hospice, co-facilitated by Margaret Lorie Beaton, MSW and Rose-Lynne McDougall. 

Margaret Lorrie Beaton, MA,  Bereavement Counsellor/Expressive Arts Practitioner/Educator/Visual Artist  holds a Masters of Arts in Counselling Psychology, is trained in Clinical Counselling Hypnotherapy (C.Hyp™ practitioner), is an Expressive Arts Practitioner, and a practising Visual Artist.  Much of Margaret's work focuses on grief, loss, anxiety, personal growth, and transformation. She uses expressive arts to empower children and their families to express and process the emotions that are attached to grieving. She offers individual grief support, as well as facilitates bereavement programs and expressive arts workshops for groups.

3:00 – 3:15 Break

3:15 – 3:45 Celtic Closing Circle

Celtic Closing Circle: After a full day of listening and learning, let us come together to enjoy the restorative benefits of a Closing Circle from the ancient Celtic tradition.  In a fun and powerful way, we will let music facilitate the grounding capacity of this slow, collective, circle-based expression to end our day together.  It is easy and fun and no experience is required. 

Tracey Cummings is a Sacred Circle Dance facilitator in the Renfrew and Ottawa areas.  She has a great love of dance and music, and uses these mediums to create meaningful dance experiences to facilitate our natural capacity to heal and to experience increased well-being.  Tracey works as a Resident and Family Support Counsellor at Hospice Renfrew.

3:45 – 4:00 Conclusion and many thanks

We gratefully recognise and thank our Sponsors:


Une soirée éducative, en français aura lieu le 9 mai 2018. Détails à suivre.

The Healing Arts of HPC, is a full day of education exploring the parallels between the Art of Practice in Palliative Care and the Practice of Arts.

Based upon essential clinical skills, empathy and compassion - these parallels include:

  • presence in the moment
  • adaptability
  • collaboration
  • working with things as they are, rather than imposing a pre-constructed, ready-made strategy
  • openness to problem solve
  • learning from those you care for, about what has meaning for them
  • consideration of intuitive insights
  • ability to listen, learn and investigate
  • patience to witness and not necessarily change things

Six workshop sessions throughout the day, investigate:

Narrative Medicine - deepening communication between patients and practitioners  

The Art of Companioning - Listening and Learning at End of Life

Caregiver Digital Voice - Telling your story along the way

Therapeutic Touch - Time honoured, evidence based 

Families, Art and Bereavement - reports from an evolving program

Practitioner Priorities - Self-Care? 


The Healing Arts of HPC - foundations

Our Ed Day brochure will be available very shortly.  Check back soon.


May 10


Centurion Centre
170 Colonnade Road South
Ottawa, Ontario Canada
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