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August 18, 2015 Webinar Announcement

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“Recognizing and Addressing the Needs of the Terminally Ill Veteran”

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Originally Broadcast August 18, 2015

This highly interactive Webinar will identify the multiple needs of terminally ill veterans. Building from an understanding of Veterans needs, the Webinar will explore the role of both the clergy and their specific faith community in offering supportive care. The Webinar will use several examples to demonstrate various practical approaches for paroral care. The Webinar will provide participants with an opportunity to explore their experiences.

Learning Objectives

  1. Help participants understand the emotional, spiritual, social, and physical needs of terminally ill Veterans.
  2. Review various practical approaches for addressing the patient’s and family’s needs.
  3. Give participants an opportunity to share their experiences in caring for terminally ill members of the specific faith community.
  4. Identify beneficial resources to enhance the skills of clergy and members of their faith community. 

Your Presenters

Rev. Bill Nelson, PhD

Rev. William Nelson, Ph.D. Bill Nelson is an ethicist and United Church of Christ clergy person. After graduating from Andover Newton Theological School he served as a Hospital Chaplain with the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and pastor of a small rural parish in Vermont. After completing his doctoral education in applied ethics, with a focus on health care ethics he served Chief, Ethics Education Coordinator for the VA’s National Center for Health Care Ethics. Since leaving the VA he is an active member of the faculty at the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth College.


Rev. Robert Macauley, M.D.

Rev. Robert Macauley, M.D. Bob Macauley is a pediatrician, ethicist, and Episcopal priest. After graduating from the combined medical/divinity school program at Yale, he did a residency in pediatrics at Johns Hopkins, worked as a hospitalist in Connecticut, New York, and Uganda, and then came to the University of Vermont part-time in 2002. He served parishes in Maryland, Connecticut, and New York, before becoming rector of St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Vergennes (population 2,500) from 2002-2006, when his work at the University of Vermont expanded to full-time. 

Special thanks to artist Lulu Pelletier for the use of her sketch "Not All War Wounds Are Visible..."
and to LifeTouch, Inc. for their support of this project.