Healing Our Fractured Healthcare

The Whitley Center at Oblate School of Theology

Wed October 11th 2017 6:30 pm – Thu October 12th 2017 5:00 pm (CDT)


Don't wait to register! The first 100 attendees to register will receive a free hardback book (Extreme Measures: Finding a Better Path to the End of Life) from Dr. Jessica Zitter.


October 11th | Reception and Dr. Zitter Keynote 6:30 pm

October 12th | 8:00 am - 5:00 pm Lectures & Workshops

Dr. Zitter will provide a screening of her Academy Award nominated film, Extremis, and keynote presentation and Q&A with attendees. Copies of her book, Extreme Measures: Finding a Better Path to the End of Life will be signed and available to attendees.

Dr. Jessica Nutik-Zitter is a national advocate for improving the way people die in America. She practices the unique combination of Critical and Palliative Care medicine at Highland Hospital, a public hospital in Oakland, California.

"Required reading for every young medical student and every family member wondering how to help the people they love live well to the end.” - Ellen Goodman

Here are the workshops we are offering at this year's conference.

When purchasing your tickets, you will select one Workshop from each Breakout Session.

B R E A K O U T  S E S S I O N 1  10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Workshop 1: End-of-Life Conversations in 2017: Are We Making Progress? (+)

-Margaret Overton, M.D., Craig Hurwitz, M.D., Deborah J. Kaercher, MPH, PhD

Workshop 2: The Effects of Psychological Trauma on Spiritual Development (+) 

- Gerry Grace, Ph.D, M.Div, Melissa Ramirez, LCSW

Workshop 3: The Spiritual Dynamics of Sickness & Wellness: Exploring Beliefs Through Dialogue (+)

-Linda Mockeridge, LCSW

Workshop 4: Spiritual Metrics (+)  

-Ann Helmke, M.Div

B R E A K O U T  S E S S I O N  2   2:30 PM - 3:30 PM

Workshop 1: Moral Injury -Chaplain Kerry Haynes. D.Min., M.Div., BCC/MH. Mental Health Chaplain. San Antonio VA.

Workshop 2: How to Integrate Spirituality into Healthcare Systems -Ann Helmke, M.Div

Workshop 3: Nature Based Soul Care and Healing -Steven Chase, Ph.D

Workshop 4: Collaborations for Children with Chronic Illnesses: Advocating for the Difficult Conversation (+)

- M. Danielle Gunter, PhD, RN, CPN

B R E A K O U T  S E S S I O N  3  3:34 PM - 4:45 PM

Workshop 1: Healers Need Healing Too- The Neglected Dimension -Peter V. Kuhl, M.Div.,M.D.,FACOG.

Workshop 2: Issues of Faith and Diversity in Healthcare -Rajam Ramamurthy, MD Professor Emeritus. Department of Pediatrics UT Health

Workshop 3: Have You Had the Talk? (+)

-Dr. Phillip D. Williams, Rev. Judith Rhodes - The Church of Reconciliation, Rabbi Mara Nathan - Temple-Bethel, Chaplain Phillip Williams - Community Bible Church, Darwin Huartson- Community Education -Porter Loring

Workshop 4: Cultural Perspectives on End-of-Life and Palliative Care Conversations (+)

-Dr. Mark Clark, Ana P. Bendana MST, RN, CHPN, Anil T. Mangla, MS, PhD, MPH, FRSPH, Danielle Gunter, PhD, RN, C, Lubna Naeem, M.D.

K E Y N O T E   S P E A K E R S

October 11th 

6:30  A New Kind of Heroism (+) 

- Dr. Zitter 

October 12th

8:30  Medical Education as an Agent of Change -Robyn L. Phillips-Madson, Founding Dean of UIW School of Osteopathic Medicine

1:30  Integrating Art, Spirituality and Health -Maripat Munley RN, MPH, MA, ATR-BC

Each class offered will count for 1 CNU, CEU for LMSW, LCSW, LPC or LMFT Credit

The UTSA logo as the department of social work are providing the CEU for LMSW and LCSW.

University of the Incarnate Word, Ila Faye Miller School of Nursing and Health Professions is

an approved provider of continuing nursing education by the Texas Nurses Association –

Approver, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s

Commission on Accreditation.

(+) This presentation meets the Texas Medical Board criteria for formal continuing medical education involving the study of medical ethics and/or professional responsibility. 


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