Date & Time
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Jeanne Denney • Leslie Blackhall, MD • Henry Fersko-Weiss, LCSW • Kat Kowalski • Olivia Bareham • Simcha Raphael, Ph.D. • Anthony Bossis, Ph.D. • Frank Ostaseski • Amy Cunningham and Catharine DeLong
Today there is a clear call to understand and work with death and dying in new and more open ways. Our culture is awakening to a more conscious view of our own mortality. This certification program is intended to reframe our current conception of dying and reclaim the wisdom and practices of the past. It provides health care practitioners, and those with a profound interest in the energetics of living and dying, with a unique set of skills to deepen their understanding of the spiritual, psychological, social, and physical aspects of the dying experience.
WHO SHOULD ATTEND?
The Art of Dying certificate program is suitable for those working in hospice, nursing homes, and other health care settings, and is also appropriate for students as well as counselors, social workers, teachers, clergy, psychologists, and others who want to broaden their work in the burgeoning field of death and dying. It is also appropriate for anyone with a sincere interest in this profound topic.
The Association of Death Education and Counseling® has deemed this program as counting towards the continuing education requirements for the ADEC Certification in Thanatology
ATTENDEES WILL LEARN:
- How to work more compassionately and intelligently with the dying
- Tools for caregiving and caregivers
- Alternative ways to understand life and death
- To return sacredness to the dying process
- How to promote wise relationships in accompanying the dying
- Tools and techniques of the End of life Doula
- The psycho-spiritual transformations of death and dying
- The effects of compassionate presence at the end of life
(Subject to change)
Introduction to the Thanatology Program
Friday, January 12, 7:00 – 8:30 pm
Seeing Death and Life as One: Human Development and the Force of Life
Saturday, January 13, 2018
Some Lives Are Like Shooting Stars: Life and Death in the NICU
Sunday, January 14, 2018
Mapping the Journey: Re-envisioning Decisions About the End of Life
Leslie Blackhall, MD
Saturday & Sunday, February 10 & 11, 2018
CE Approval Pending
Five Invitations: Discovering What Death Can Teach Us About Living Fully (Webinar)
Thursday, February 22, 2018, 4:30 – 6:00 pm PT (7:30 – 9 pm EST)
End of Life Doula Training
Henry Fersko-Weiss, LCSW
Friday–Sunday, March 9–11, 2018
CE Approval Pending
Exploring the Bereavement Journey: An Experiential Workshop
Simcha Raphael, PhD
Saturday & Sunday, April 14 & 15, 2018
CE Approval Pending
The Inspired Funeral
Saturday, May 5, 2108
CE Approval Pending
The Effects of Compassionate Presence: Being with Non-Communicative Patients
Sunday, May 6, 2018
Psycho-Spiritual & Existential Distress at the End of Life: Transformative Effects of Mystical Experience
Anthony Bossis, PhD
Friday, June 15, 2018 (evening workshop)
After Death Care and Home Funerals
Saturday & Sunday, June 16 & 17, 2018
For those interested in being considered for a partial scholarship for the full certificate program, please click the below link, complete, and submit. At such time, you will be contacted concerning status and next steps.
A 7-month 90-Hour Training
January – June 2018
$1,995 (No Member Discount)
$1,695 Early Bird rate by December 29, 2017
Individual Weekend Pricing Available:
$370 Early Bird (End date refer to individual program weekend)
$405 General Admission
New York Open Center
Olivia Bareham, a certified death midwife and home funeral guide and celebrant, holds degrees in Education, Natural Theology, and Sacred Healing, and is founder of Sacred Crossings, The Institute for Conscious Dying, and Family-Directed Funerals. Olivia also facilitates The Art of Death Midwifery training program, now offered to students worldwide.
Leslie Blackhall M.D., is Associate Professor of Medicine and Medical Humanities at the University Of Virginia School of Medicine and Director of Palliative Care Services.
Anthony Bossis, Ph.D. is a clinical psychologist and Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at New York University School of Medicine. He was director of palliative care research, co-principal investigator, and a session guide for the NYU Psilocybin Cancer Anxiety Study and is Project Director for the NYU Psilocybin Religious Leaders Study. He maintains a private psychotherapy practice in NYC.
Amy Cunningham, a progressive funeral director and owner of Fitting Tribute Funeral Services, specializes in green burials in cemeteries certified by the Green Burial Council, simple burials within the NYC metropolitan area, home funerals, and cremation services at Green-Wood Cemetery’s crematory chapels.
Previously Amy was a magazine writer until 2007 when her elderly father’s memorial service got her interested in helping folks plan more meaningful end-of-life services. When she’s not directing funerals, she writes a funeral planning blog called TheInspiredFuneral.com. She believes that a good funeral can send everyone in attendance out the door with an altered view of what life’s all about, and the beginnings of a plan for moving forward.
Henry Fersko-Weiss, LCSW, President of the International End of Life Doula Association (INEDLA), has been conducting end-of-life doula trainings at the NY Open Center for the last eight years and is a faculty member of the Art of Dying Institute. He is the author of Caring for the Dying: The Doula Approach to a Meaningful Death. He has worked in hospices, led many bereavement groups and draws from the experience of his own losses and a history of using guided visualization, meditation, and journaling in his work, which has been featured prominently in The New York Times.
Kat Kowalski serves as the chaplain for the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at the Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, MD.
Frank Ostaseski is a Buddhist teacher and leader in contemplative end-of-life care. In 1987, he co-founded of the Zen Hospice Project and later created the Metta Institute to train professionals in compassionate, mindfulness-based care. He has lectured at Harvard Medical School, the Mayo Clinic, Wisdom.2.0 and teaches at major spiritual centers around the globe. His work has been featured on the Bill Moyers PBS series On Our Own Terms, The Oprah Winfrey Show, and in numerous print publications. In 2001, he was honored by the Dalai Lama for his compassionate service to the dying and their families. He is the author of The Five Invitations: Discovering What Death Can Teach Us About Living Fully.
Simcha Raphael, Ph.D., Founding Director of the DA’AT Institute for Death Awareness, Advocacy and Training, was ordained as a Rabbinic Pastor by the late, renowned Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi. A psychotherapist and spiritual director in Philadelphia, he has written extensively on death and afterlife and is the author of the groundbreaking Jewish Views of the Afterlife.