An Experienced Educator

Elizabeth is an Assistant Clinical Professor (Adjunct) with the Department of Family Medicine, Division of Palliative Care. Faculty of Health Sciences at McMaster University. Elizabeth highlights the value of compassion and communication in the context of coping with complex illness and loss. Understanding the significance of evidence-based practice and collaboration, she has been providing interprofessional education since 1999, teaching undergraduate, graduate, and post-graduate learners. With experience presenting to the general public, health science students and healthcare professionals, she also has the privilege of teaching with:

Courses, Seminars, and Workshops

Elizabeth teaches a variety of courses, seminars and workshops, including:

  • Across the Continuum: The Need for Innovative Approaches to Person and Family-Centred Care
  • Creating a HUG: Anticipatory and Bereavement Support for Individuals, Families and Friends
  • Caregiver Voices: Important Perspectives for Clinical Care
  • Creativity and Compassion: The Core of Person and Family-Centred Care in the Context of Life-Limiting Illness
  • The Role of Social Work in Palliative Care: Supporting Individuals and Families from Diagnosis to Bereavement
  • So This is Palliative Care? Let's Talk About It!
  • Quality of Life in Hospice Palliative Care: The Role for Interprofessional Collaboration
  • A Therapeutic Intervention Facilitating Connection in the Context of Life-Limiting Illness
  • Social Work Practice with Families
  • Hospice Palliative Care: Service Delivery and Policy Issues
  • Caring for Others and Caring for Ourselves: Coping with Grief and Loss
  • Debunking the Myths of Palliative Care
  • Death as Part of Our Legacy: A Creative Approach to Maintaining Connections
  • Advance Care Planning for Men with Prostate Cancer
  • Hospice Palliative Care: Resources and Interventions Supporting Quality of Life
  • Demystifying Palliative Care: Understanding the Active Approach to Person and Family-Centred Care
  • Supporting Consumers in Crisis
  • Caring for Families in Hospice Palliative Care: Lessons Learned by a Social Worker
  • The Need for Person and Family-Centred Psychosocial Support: From Diagnosis to Bereavement
  • Social Work Practice with Groups
  • Reflecting on Family Dynamics and its Impact on Care
  • Care for the Caregiver
  • The Value of a Team Approach with Complex Cases
  • Exploring Advance Care Planning: Essential Resources and Conversations
  • Fundamentals of Hospice Palliative Care
  • The Need for Relentless Self-Care in Oncology Health Care Professionals: Science or Art?
  • Hearing all Sides: When the Patient Can't Speak for Themselves
  • Social Work at End of Life
  • Inpatient Hospice Palliative Care Directory: Access to Care
  • Introduction to Hospice Palliative Care
  • Province-Wide Survey of Palliative Care Service Delivery
  • Interprofessional Collaboration and the Role of Social Work in Palliative Care
  • Occupational Stress and Workplace Satisfaction: A Survey of Multidisciplinary Oncology Health Care Personnel
  • How to Run a Successful Family Meeting
  • Putting the Puzzle Pieces Together: Interprofessional Collaboration in Palliative Care
  • Staff Stress and Work Satisfaction on an Acute Palliative Care Unit and a Radiation and Chemotherapy Inpatient Unit
  • The Impact of Cancer on the Family
  • Re-examining a "Good Death": End of Life in an Aging Population
  • An Interprofessional Approach to Palliative Care
  • Palliative Care Resources and the Role of Social Work
  • Death Café as a Tool for Community Engagement: A Creative Approach to Communicating Wishes and Values
  • Emotional and Psychological Issues of Dying and Death
  • Hospice Palliative Care: The Origins and Evolution of Caring
  • Social Work and the Importance of Interprofessionalism in Palliative Care
  • Loss, Grief and End of Life Issues
  • Interprofessional Education in Palliative Care: A Case-Based Discussion
  • Palliative Care: Transition to Residency
  • Learning Essential Approaches to Palliative Care
  • The End Game: Conversations About Life and Death
  • Role of Social Work on an Acute Palliative Care Unit
  • Burlington Death Café
  • Celebrating Connections: A Creative Legacy Project
  • Death: A Part of Life. The Grieving Process

Presentations can be tailored to your education and training needs. CV and teaching dossier are available upon request. 

The most important questions don’t seem to have ready answers.
But the questions themselves have a healing power when they are shared.
An answer is an invitation to stop thinking about something, to stop wondering.
Life has no such stopping places, life is a process whose
every event is connected to the moment that just went by.
An unanswered question is a fine traveling companion.
It sharpens your eye for the road.
— Dr. Rachel Naomi Remen (2006). Kitchen Table Wisdom: Stories That Heal