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Ethics Decisions at End of Life: Exploring Ethics Related to Cultural, Ethnic and Religious Issues

May 11, 2018

- $150.00

The Washington Pastoral Counseling Association is offering continuing education to teach therapists a broad-based overview of key cultural, ethnic and religious information in order that they may provide more culturally congruent care to the client/family seeking services at the end-of-life.

DATE: Friday, May 11, 2018, 9am-5pm

CEUs: 6 Ethics Hours (meets WA DOH ethics requirement)

This workshop is appropriate for Counselors & MFTs, Nurses, Physicians, Psychologists, Social Workers, Clergy & other professionals working with end of life issues.

Anthropologist Wade Davis stated: “The world in which you were born is just one model of reality. Other cultures are not failed attempts at being YOU: they are unique manifestations of the human spirit.”

Participants at this workshop will:

  • Gain knowledge and self-awareness of the challenges of diversity for health care providers
  • Increase understanding of ethical implications in Cultural, Ethnic, and Religious end-of-life decision making
  • Increase knowledge of cultural terminology
  • Be exposed to background information about many specific ethnic, cultural and religious groups
  • Be prepared to provide more culturally congruent care to clients who are facing terminal illness/death
  • Become familiar with numerous religious representatives/core religious beliefs and practices
  • Increase awareness of common practices related to death/dying, and
  • Develop a lens of ethics and social justice with which to view their effectiveness with clients



  • 8:30am — Registration opens
  • 9:00am — Introductions and Opening Ritual
  • 9:30 — Exploring Multi-Cultural Diversity and Cultural Competence
  • 10:30-10:45am — Break
  • 10:45am — Culture and Ethnicity: Themes and Populations
  • 12:00-1:30 — Lunch (provided) and Networking
  • 1:30 pm — Religions: Exploring their Worldview, Beliefs and Death Practices
  • 3:00-3:15pm — Break
  • 3:15pm — Religions: Continued Exploration
  • 4:30pm — Evaluations and Closing Ritual
  • 5:00pm — Conclude


Amelia Carroll, MS, CT is a licensed mental health counselor with nearly 25 years’ experience in the healing professions. Certified in Thanatology (the study of dying, death and bereavement), she has dedicated herself to helping others develop better ways of dealing with the issues of loss, grief, serious illness, and end-of-life care as a group, retreat and workshop facilitator, classroom instructor and religious educator. In addition to a private practice, Ms. Carroll’s rich history of work experience includes hospitals, hospices, a cancer treatment center, funeral home and nursing homes where she has worked doing research on spirituality and healing, as a bereavement coordinator, mind- body therapist and chaplain. She earned a Master of Science Degree in Counseling from Seattle Pacific University, and acquired studies and training in world religions, spirituality, healing and integrated medicine.

Ms. Carroll  recently received Certification in Spiritual Direction from the Sacred Art of Living Center, Living and Dying Series and Anamcara Project. Singing with a Threshold Choir at the bedside of those who are ill and dying has added another dimension to her work and study in this field. She was a committee member on the 1996 World Gathering on Bereavement, helped develop the first Children’s Hospice in Russia through the St. Petersburg – Seattle Sisters Church Program, and has had continuous involvement and been a resource to others on the End-of-Life Consensus Coalition. Currently, she serves as a Board Member on AHAT – Homecare (Affordable Housing and Treatment) in Tacoma. Ms. Carroll has been interviewed and featured on radio and in many newspaper and magazine articles and through her extensive travel she has been honored to address students and professionals on mental health issues both nationally and internationally. She is currently a workshop instructor with Cascadia Training and the Priory Spirituality Center.

View additional information at her website — www.sacredspiritpassages.net.

Important: Washington Pastoral Counseling National Board of Certified Counselors LogoAssociation is an NBCC-Approved Continuing Education Provider (ACEPTM) and may offer NBCC-approved clock hours for events that meet NBCC requirements. The ACEP solely is responsible for all aspects of the program.


May 11, 2018


First United Methodist Church of Tacoma
621 Tacoma Ave. South
Tacoma, WA 98402 United States
(206) 381-7555

For More Information

Paula Hoyt, WPCA Chair of Education
(253) 752-9112


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