Medication Management
Jul 11 @ 7:00 am – 8:00 am

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Includes complimentary CEUs*

*This web seminar is approved for AoTA contact hours in addition to CEUs approved for all ASA web seminars

Research conducted by Home Instead, Inc., franchisor of the Home Instead Senior Care network, indicates that as the number of prescription medications a person (ages 70 or older) takes increases, so do challenges with medication management and potential health risks.

Register for this web seminar to discover the ways medication can jeopardize an older adult’s health and independence. Learn about solutions that could help families and their older loved ones pinpoint potential threats and start conversations that can lead to effective solutions.

Participants in this web seminar will be able to:
• Identify the potential risks associated with medication mismanagement;

• Understand common medication challenges for older adults and signs to watch for when medications are to blame for health issues;

• Recognize risks of common conditions that impact medication management;

• Help strengthen the role of the family in reducing the potential for medication risks; and,

• Learn more about resources to help families feel confident about keeping older adults safe at home.

2018 Social Worker & Chaplain Skills Series 1 of 3: Differentiating Grief from Depression
Jul 12 @ 9:00 am – 10:30 am

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Social workers and chaplains play a vital role in distinguishing between grief and depression.  Is the person sad because of a recent terminal diagnosis?  Are there other cognitive or behavioral manifestations to address?  Has there been an earlier diagnosis of depression?  If so, does your team know how to integrate the diagnosis into the treatment plan?  Grief and depression have different management strategies. This webinar will explain how to differentiate them, explore potential interventions by social workers and chaplains, and recommend how to include and guide team members.


  • Define and differentiate grief from depression
  • Examine and compare diagnostic criteria versus common responses to terminal illness
  • Differentiate between complex/complicated grief and depression
  • Appropriate course of treatment for grief versus depression
  • Tendency to medicalize grief and pathways around it
  • Skills/knowledge base checklist exercise
  • Follow-up exercise for teams
  • Handout with additional lecture notes
  • Extensive resource list

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While this informative webinar is designed for social workers and chaplains, all hospice team members and managers will benefit from this important information.

PLEASE NOTE: Webinar content is subject to copyright and intended for your individual organization’s use only.

Triad Approaches to Helping Those Dealing with Homelessness, Substance Abuse, and Mental Illness Webinar
Jul 13 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm


Free Zoom Webinar and/or In-person training at Queens Conference Center (QCC)

Helping Hands Hawai‘i administers numerous programs that benefit Hawai‘i’s people especially those programs that help people who are dealing with multiple problems of homelessness, substance abuse and mental illness. Within Helping Hands Hawai‘i are several Behavioral Health Programs including a Housing First Project called Hawai‘i Pathways Project, funded through Hawai‘i Department of Health’s Alcohol and Drug Abuse Division (ADAD). Helping Hands Hawai‘i uses the housing first model to provide housing first, then implement wrap-around support, treatment, and life skill services that are necessary to help individuals to stabilize, improve their quality of life and maintain housing.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Examine the approaches and services use to offer housing first for homeless people in Hawai‘i.
  2. Discuss support services, treatments, and life skill services available through Helping Hands Hawai‘i and their partners to help stabilized high-risk individuals.
  3. Share resources, tips and success stories from Helping Hands Hawai‘i’s Behavioral Health Programs.

Presenter is Heather Pierucki, MA, LMHC, QMHP
Director of Behavioral Health at Helping Hands Hawai‘i

Heather Pierucki, MA, LMHC, QMHP. Heather serves as the Director of Behavioral Health overseeing the Community-Based Case Management/Community-Based Care Coordination, Hawaii Pathways Project and clinical aspects of Representative Payee Services. She is responsible for managing behavioral health contracts that directly serve the low-income and homeless communities with a focus on consumers dealing with mental illness and substance use disorders. She also provides clinical supervision to the Behavioral Health staff and participates in the agency’s Health and Wellness committee.

Heather graduated with her Masters of Arts (MA) in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Argosy University in Phoenix.

Healthy Aging Summit
Jul 16 – Jul 17 all-day
Community Education & Outreach: Why Is This Critical for Your Agency?
Jul 17 @ 9:00 am – 10:30 am
2018 Virtual Conference – Turning Points – Mastering Transitions in Care @ TBA
Jul 18 – Jul 19 all-day

We are once again hosting a virtual conference in 2018 with the title: “Turning Points – Mastering Transitions in Care”. Hosted by the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO), the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine (AAHPM) and the Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association (HPNA) this time 2 half days on July 18 and 19, 2018. This is a popular conference so be sure to register early!

2018 Virtual Conference Objectives:

At the completion of this conference, participants will be able to:

  • Identify key points of transition from patients’, families’ and professionals’ perspectives;
  • Discuss improvements in continuity, communication and provision of care;
  • Describe two or more interdisciplinary strategies to provide high quality hospice and palliative care during key points on transition.

This is a great chance to earn continuing education credits from national experts without having to leave home.

As we have done in the past years, we meet at a central location in Honolulu for both days to watch the streamed live presentations together, starting at 6:30 am HST (12:30 PM EST).

Details for Registration

The Constant Contact event software requires you to register for each day separately.

Please register twice if you want to participate in the entire 2 day conference.

You can register for one or both days, with a discount if you attend both days.

KM Members both days   $40

KM Members Day 1 7/18   $25

KM Members Day 2 7/19   $25


Non-members both days $65

Non-members Day 1 7/18  $40

Non-members Day 2 7/19  $40


Register for Wednesday 7/18 here

Register for Thursday 7/19 here

7th Annual Your Weight Matters National Convention
Jul 19 – Jul 24 all-day

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End of Life Care & Letting Go: Providing Care in the Final Stages of Dementia @ Kahala Nui, Diamond Head Room
Jul 20 @ 3:30 pm – 5:30 pm


The trainer, Dorothy Colby, is a Certified Positive Approach to Dementia Care (TM) Trainer and national mentor, with more than 20 years of professional and personal experience caring for people with dementia. She is Administrator for Hale Ku’ike Memory Care Home in Nu’uanu, where she also trains staff. Positive Approach to Care (TM) seminars, developed by occupational therapist Teepa Snow, provide essential information for families and care partners on how to have a positive and meaningful relationship with loved ones with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia throughout their journey.

Refreshments will be provided.

Please arrive 15 minutes early to park and register.

Detailed parking instructions will be sent to registrants prior to workshops.

For questions about these workshops, contact Jody Mishan: or (808) 295-2624.

Transitioning with Resilience
Jul 24 @ 7:00 am – 8:00 am

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Includes complimentary CEUs*

The path of aging is ready for an overhaul. Aging should not be about going into cruise mode but instead be about rigorous reinvention and growth. People avoid the three vital transitions—Wake-up, Tune-up and Stand-up—that will help them to find and-or maintain a sense of meaning and purpose, together with social connection and support. What is needed is a set of key skills, tools and encouragement for making changes to become clear, confident, connected and in control. This web seminar will identify the four elements, grounded in research, that are building blocks of resilience and demonstrate a model for making change and transition more skillfully. Participants will create a Personal Resilience Practice to get started on a growth path.

Participants in this web seminar will be able to:

  • Identify the four elements of building resilience;
  • List the four predictable stages of the transition process;
  • Identify behaviors that reflect denying and resisting change; and,
  • Create a personal resilience practice.
2018 Social Worker & Chaplain Skills Series 2 of 3: Ethical Challenges in Palliative Sedation & End-of-Life Decisions
Jul 26 @ 9:00 am – 10:30 am

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Sometimes the source of someone’s suffering is that they continue to live – also called “existential suffering.” Can you recognize existential suffering? Has your team determined how to address this dynamic? Sedation (whether palliative, controlled, total, or respite) is a process that is often uncomfortable for team members to contemplate. The conflicting mandates of controlling suffering and “do no harm” may be difficult to reconcile. This webinar will delve into the challenges and dynamics existential suffering brings, including patient/family requests that present personal, professional, and ethical struggles.


  • List and define relevant terminology
  • Explore dynamics related to existential suffering
  • National standards/debates related to palliative sedation as an intervention addressing existential suffering
  • Social worker and chaplain roles in addressing suffering and ethical challenges
  • Apply knowledge base interventions to situation examples
  • Self-assessment exercise
  • Checklist for evaluating ethical challenges
  • Guide for social worker and chaplain roles addressing ethical challenges
  • Sample policy
  • Handout with additional lecture notes
  • Extensive resource list