Virtual healthcare symposium offers free CEUs for Maryland social workers, counselors and therapists

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The Caring for the Continuum of Life 2020: A Virtual Healthcare Symposium recently received approval from the Maryland Board of Professional Counselors and Therapists to offer continuing education units to its members. That means that along with Maryland social workers, now counselors and therapists licensed to practice in Maryland can earn up to 3 free CEUs at the free online event that will be held from 7:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. Oct. 24.

Hosted by Hospice of the Chesapeake, Chesapeake Life Center and Chesapeake Supportive Care, the event is made possible through the generosity of Platinum Sponsor CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield; Gold Sponsors Anatomy Gifts Registry, Crescent Cities Charities, Inc., and First Baptist Church of Highland Park; Silver Sponsors Adams Law Office, LLC, and GW Koch Assoc., Koch Homes; and Bronze Sponsors Doctors Community Hospital, Kalas Funeral Home and Crematory; Kirkley-Ruddick Funeral Home, PA; and Prince George’s County Area Agency on Aging.

Headshot of Karen Bullock, Ph.D., LCSW

Karen Bullock, Ph.D., LCSW

The symposium will feature a morning of presentations from experts in the fields of hospice and palliative care, racial disparity in healthcare and spirituality. Two of the sessions offer free 1.5 CEUs each for Maryland social workers, counselors and therapists while all will offer insight into important end-of-life topics made more relevant by this year’s coronavirus epidemic and increased awareness into racial and cultural inequities.

After opening remarks, the first session will begin at 8 a.m. with keynote speaker Karen Bullock, Ph.D., LCSW, a professor and Assistant Dean of the School of Social Work at North Carolina State University. She will present “Racial Inequities Exacerbated by COVID-19,” reviewing recommendations for how hospice and palliative care communities can take culturally competent steps to helping individuals, families and communities to engage in restorative practices through courage, hope and leadership, during the pandemic. Professionals can earn 1.5 CEUs with this session.

Headshot of Gloria Thomas Anderson, Ph.D., LMSW

Gloria Thomas Anderson, Ph.D., LMSW

From 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Gloria Thomas Anderson, Ph.D., LMSW, will present “A Community Conversation: The Impact of COVID-19 and Historical Mistrust on African-American Health and Decision-Making.” Anderson will explore some of the root causes of inequities in healthcare that often perpetuate discrimination against people of color. Additionally, she will talk about the best practices for culturally competent care across faith, ethnic and cultural traditions of African-American patients and caregivers in order to ensure quality care at the end-of-life. This session also will offer 1.5 CEUs for professionals.

Between the two speakers, Dr. Eric Bush, chief medical officer for Hospice of the Chesapeake and Chesapeake Supportive Care, will lead a panel of faith-based leaders in a candid conversation about race, religion, and healthcare during the COVID-19 pandemic. Panelists include the Rev. Dr. Henry P. Davis III, senior pastor for First Baptist Church of Highland Park in Landover, Maryland; Nadia Hassan, MBA, founder and executive director of Young Leaders Institute; and Rabbi Steve Weisman of Temple Solel in Bowie, Maryland.

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Doc Talk with Faith Leaders panel: CMO Dr. Eric Bush, the Rev. Dr. Henry P. Davis III, Nadia Hassan, MBA, and Rabbi Steve Weisman


The Maryland Board of Social Work Examiners certifies that each of these CEU presentations meets the criteria for 1.5 credit hours Category 1 continuing education for social workers in Maryland.

The Maryland Board of Professional Counselors and Therapists certifies that each of these CEU presentations meets the criteria for 1.5 credit hours of Category A continuing education for counselors and therapists in Maryland.

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