CALIFORNIA END OF LIFE OPTIONS WITH A FOCUS ON AID IN DYING
Catherine Eliaser, LMFT
and Stefanie Elkins, MA
Mental health professionals work with clients on a wide variety of issues regarding death and dying. Becoming knowledgeable about the California End of Life Options Act can offer your clients additional support and information about all the continuum of care options at the end of life. This now includes medical aid in dying. Presenters will provide an overview of the California End of Life Option Act which came into effect on June 9, 2016. This important piece of legislation allows a mentally capable, terminally ill adult with less than six months to live to request aid-in-dying medication from their doctor for self-administration to bring about a peaceful death.
Information about the clinical competencies involved in all end-of-life choices with particular emphasis on aid-in-dying, the implementation of the law in Oregon and models for normalizing and integrating end-of-life choice into standard medical care will be discussed. Information about the organization Compassion and Choices will also be discussed.
Upon completion of this presentation therapists will:
Catherine Eliaser is a Marriage and Family Therapist with a private practice in San Rafael. She works with couples, individuals and families, focusing on grief and loss, life transitions, adoption related issues, divorce, and parenting. In addition, she is a clinical supervisor at New Perspectives (Bay Area Community Resources) where she supervises MFT, Psychology and CSW interns. Catherine is a volunteer with Compassion & Choices and involved in educating the community about the End of Life Option Act which came into effect June 9, 2016. She is passionate about the right for every person to be able to end their life with grace and dignity.
Stefanie Elkins, MA, MM, CA Medical Outreach Manager, Compassion & Choices has a 20 year career in the non-profit sector successfully managing community-based programs, cultivating and developing strategic partnerships, and actively engaging volunteer leaders in healthcare environments. As CA Medical Outreach Manager at Compassion & Choices, Stefanie worked on the monumental CA End of Life Option Act that went into effect on June 9. Currently she is focused on educating and engaging physicians, healthcare professionals as well as healthcare systems on access of medical aid in dying as an end of life option.
Prior to Compassion & Choices, Stefanie was Program and Outreach Director for Leeza’s Care Connection. Her work focused on educating and empowering family caregivers for those with memory loss and/or chronic illness. This experience ignited Stefanie’s passion to advocate for families and healthcare professionals to have important conversations regarding end of life options.
Stefanie holds MA in Management specializing in Human Services and a MA in Jewish Communal Service from Brandeis University. She also has a BA in Social Relations from UC Riverside.
Time: Networking is from 11:30 to 12:00 p.m. Presentation begins at 12:00 pm and ends at 1:30 p.m.
CEUs: This workshop meets the qualifications for 1.5 CEUs for LMFTs, LCSWs, LEPs and LPCCs. These will be provided by Marin CAMFT (CEP # 56895), which is approved by CAMFT to sponsor CE for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs and LEPs. Marin CAMFT maintains responsibility for this program and its contents Contact Laurie Buntain, Director-at-Large for Programs for more information.
Marin County Chapter of CAMFT
PO Box 9065 San Rafael, CA 94912-9065
(415) 459 3484 www.marincamft.org
CAMFT is approved by the California Association of Marriage and Family
Therapists (CAMFT Provider #56895) to sponsor continuing education for
LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and LEPs