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.


15th Annual Conference for Cancer Care Professionals

Decision-Making in Cancer Care: Helping Patients Make the Crucial Choices

Friday, October 27, 2017 • 8:15 AM to 12:30 PM
10628 Falls Road • Lutherville, MD 21093


At every phase of cancer care, our patients have decisions to make, decisions in areas they are struggling to understand, decisions with consequences for their immediate treatment, long-term health, and the involvement of their loved ones.  As oncology professionals, we try to help our clients with this process, but also face innumerable decisions of our own, for example, decisions about best treatments, prioritizing care, what additional resources are needed, etc.  

In today’s rapidly changing healthcare environment, the list of variables involved with this important aspect of care is almost endless.  These include the severity and urgency of diagnosis and treatment, terms and processes confusing for patients,  family suggestions and disagreements,  choices that produce more choice-points, differences of opinion among health care professionals, just to name a few.  These and many other factors complicate the important process of decision-making for patients, their families and the professionals in their treatment settings.

Pertinent to this discussion is the concept of “shared decision-making”.  Although not a new concept, shared decision-making has gained more prominence in recent times as it has been identified as an important aspect of patient-centered care.  Using a  shared decision-making protocol, research groups have demonstrated that these patients are both better informed and finish treatment with greater satisfaction than do control subjects.  


Purpose & Target Audience

What do we mean by shared decision-making?  How is it being applied in different oncology settings?  What teaching and communication skills are required of us as health care professionals to meet this standard of care?  Are there instances when shared decision-making may be ill-advised?  How can we help one another with our own decision-making regarding the care for our patients?  These are just a few of the important questions this workshop is designed to address.  

This workshop is for nurses, social workers, physicians, counselors, pastoral care providers and others interested in better understanding and implementing the concept of shared decision-making in their work with oncology patients and their families and their healthcare team.

Using lecture, a panel representing distinct viewpoints, discussion, and case vignettes, this morning at HopeWell will address these and other issues in decision-making in oncology care.  Come learn and grow in your profession in the home-like farmhouse and beautiful, natural setting of the HopeWell campus.  


1.      Strengthen understanding of the psychology of decision making.
2.       Increase knowledge about the concept of shared decision-making and its application in various oncology care settings.
3.       Develop greater understanding of the implications of shared decision-making for practice in oncology care.
4.       Increase understanding of and competency in special skills required in implementing shared decision-making in collaboration with patients/families.
5.       Increase knowledge about and strategies for implementing shared decision-making with an interdisciplinary team.
6.       Explore the relationship between   one’s own beliefs and how they may influence our role in shared decision-making.


Workshop Schedule

8:15 – 8:45 AM              Registration and Coffee
8:45 – 8:50 AM              Guided Meditation    
8:50 – 9:00 AM              Welcome and Introductions                                
9:00 – 9:30 AM              The Psychology of Decision-Making          
9:30 – 10:30 AM            Shared Decision-Making in Oncology: Overview of Key Concepts, Implications for Practice
             and the Interdisciplinary Team
10:30 – 10:45 AM           Break
10:45 AM – 12:15 PM     Perspectives on Shared Decision Making: A Family Member’s Perspective
                                         Interdisciplinary Panel - Case Presentations & Discussion
12:15 – 12:30 PM            Summary of Key Themes and Evaluation


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 23, 2017. 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.
Our Mission is to create a community for all people with cancer, their families and friends, that encourages an exchange of information, the development of a support system and the presence of hope.