Continuing Education Programs

Sharing knowledge. Connecting professionals.

HopeWell is a recognized leader  in the Baltimore healthcare community. We are pleased to share  our knowledge about the best practices in psychosocial support for cancer patients and their families. To this end, HopeWell offers a Continuing Education program for oncology social workers, oncology nurses, psychologists and professional counselors.

Our workshops are informative and affordable. Programs take place at our beautiful farmhouse, conveniently located across from Greenspring Station just off the 83/695 junction. (For a map and directions, click here.) We welcome individuals from all disciplines to attend our Continuing Education workshops. And for social workers,  HopeWell is approved by the Maryland Branch of Social Work Examiners to offer up to 3 Category 1 CEUs for each program.

To learn more about HopeWell's Continuing Education units, please contact the Program Director here.


A Continuing Education Workshop for Health Care Professionals - Fall 2015

Challenging Patient and Family Situations in Oncology: Implications for Practice

Friday, October 16, 2015 • 8:30 AM to 12:30 PM
10628 Falls Road • Lutherville, MD 21093


As oncology professionals, we have all encountered patient and family situations we find uniquely challenging. Usually these cases require more time and energy, especially emotional energy. There are myriad reasons why a particular clinician might be challenged by a certain patient or family situation including any of the following singly or in combination:

  • Rapidly advancing disease
  • Family conflict
  • Personality disorders
  • Addictions or other psychiatric disorders
  • Special relationships with hospital staff
  • Young children at home
  • No public or private health insurance
  • Social isolation
  • Unfamiliar cultural or ethnic approaches to health and healing
  • Exceptional qualities such as courage or generosity toward staff
  • Exceptionally intense emotional reactions/behavior

Often we can expend inordinate amounts of time and energy when one or more of the above factors are at play. This, coupled with changes in oncology care such as those requiring distress screening for all newly diagnosed patients, may likely mean that already busy health care providers will be asked to manage an even greater number of cases. In short, the crunch is on. Therefore, identifying and working effectively with those patient and family situations requiring extra staff and resources will be increasingly important in the months and years ahead.

Purpose & Target Audience

This workshop is designed for social workers, nurses, counselors, physicians, pastoral care practitioners and others interested in developing greater skill in working effectively with challenging patient and family situations.

There will be ample time for discussion, case studies and group problem solving.


1. To be able to identify different categories of challenging patient and family situations.

2. To raise awareness and explore the influence and impact of our personal life on our work.

3. To increase understanding of transference, counter transference and transparency and their respective consequences on our work.

4. To examine how and why challenging patient and family situations influence our effectiveness in working with teams and develop strategies for getting team support.

5. To explore and identify work setting stressors that can contribute to the challenges and ways to effectively manage them.


8:15 – 8:45 am         Registration and Coffee
8:45 – 9:00 am         Welcome and Introductions
9:00 – 9:30 am         Challenging Clinical Situations: Overview of Key Concepts
9:30 – 10:45 am       Interdisciplinary Panel - Case Presentations and Discussion
10:45 – 11:00 am     Break
11:00 – 12:15 pm    Small Group Case Studies and Problem Solving & Large Group Discussion
12:15  12:30 pm  Summary and Evaluation  


  • Approved for 3 Social Work Category I CEUS by the MD Board of Social Work Examiners
  • This 3.0 contact hour educational activity is provided by the Institute for Johns Hopkins Nursing. The Institute for Johns Hopkins Nursing is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.


Download a registration form here. You may register for the workshop in the following ways:

1. By telephone, using a credit card: please call 410-832-2719 during business hours.

2. By check: print out the registration form above and mail the completed registration form along with your check to P.O. Box 755, Brooklandville, MD 21022.

3. By mail-in credit card: print out the registration form above and mail the complete registration form to P.O. Box 755, Brooklandville, MD 21022.

Payment is due by Monday, October 12 , 2015. A confirmation letter will be sent upon receipt of registration and payment.

COST  $50.00 (includes continental breakfast and materials)

For more information, please call Carole Sharp at 410.832.2719.
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