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The Ethics in End-of-Life Decisions

This recording is designed to teach you strategies to facilitate discussions with dying individuals and families struggling with end-of-life care. Jackson Rainer, Ph.D., ABPP, author of Life After Loss: Contemporary Grief Counseling and Therapy, specializes in working with individuals, couples, and families struggling with the demands of chronic and terminal illness, end-of-life and palliative care, and issues related to grief and bereavement. Dr. Rainer will help you to be able to recognize the distinction between healing and cure and examine the nature of heroic treatment and futility. He will also cover complicated ethical challenges at the end of life and techniques for communicating empathy and compassion.


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Jackson Rainer
1 Hour 29 Minutes
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09 Mar, 2015
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Ph.D., ABPP, Professor of Psychology and Department Chair of the Psychology and Counseling Department

Valdosta State University

Jackson Rainier, Ph.D., ABPP, Board Certified Clinical Psychologist, is nationally known and respected as a psychotherapist, educator, author and expert in the areas of grief and bereavement, and end of life and palliative care. Dr. Rainer is a practicing psychologist at the Care and Counseling Center of Georgia, Atlanta, Georgia, He has taught, consulted, supervised, and written on issues related to life and loss, death and dying, and grief and bereavement for more than 25 years in multi-disciplinary social service and mental health settings. He maintains an active psychotherapy practice that includes grief counseling, and consultation with individuals and families in the presence of life-threatening, chronic, and debilitating illnesses.

He is the former chair of the Publication Board for Division 29, Psychotherapy, of the American Psychological Association, is on the editorial and publication boards of seven psychology journals, and serves as a Media Representative for the APA. His research appears in such journals as Innovations in Clinical Practice and the Journal of Clinical Psychology. He is the author of Life After Loss: Contemporary Grief Counseling and Therapy (PESI, 2013).

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  1. Discuss a philosophy of care when functional recovery is no longer possible.
  2. Identify a model of decision making for judgments related to treatment options, regulated by the ethical principles of shared decision making and mutual respect.
  3. Describe a communication structure for delivering “bad news” to patients and families.
  4. Integrate a philosophy of limits to care with personal feelings of loss and failure.


The Ethical Principles Guiding End-of-Life Decision Making
  • Beneficence, nonmaleficence, and autonomy at end-of-life
  • Futility - when is it time to “call” the limits to treatment?
  • Extraordinary Means and Heroic Measures - cure vs. care, salvage treatments
  • Case Studies, the Law, and Court Rulings: Terrie Sciavo and Karen Ann Quinlan and their impact on decision making
Communication Strategies for Dealing with “Bad News”
  • A systems approach to patients and their families
  • Incorporation of “bad news” into treatment planning and palliative care
  • Difficulties with advance directives - who makes the decisions in ambiguous situations?
  • Identifying personal, cultural, and religious biases impacting treatment
Rationing and Inequities in Access to Healthcare
  • The impact of the Affordable Care Act
  • Distributive justice, heroic care, and futility
The Advanced Illness Coordinated Model
  • Six steps

Target Audience

Psychologists, Counselors, Social Workers, Case Managers, Addiction Counselors, Marriage & Family Therapists, Nurses, and other Mental Health Professionals



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