“Collabria Care’s Annual Conference features national thought leaders on many aspects of palliative care.  It is a great way to connect to local colleagues and learn new ways of thinking about the work we do in caring for those with advanced illness.”

Robert Moore, MD MPH MBA
Chief Medical Officer
Partnership HealthPlan of California

8th Annual
Advances in Palliative Care Conference

Language and Other Vital Tools for Best Practice

February 5, 2020

Thank you for attending the conference. The conference presentations are posted below with each bio.

Ira Byock, M.D.

Institute of Human Caring, Providence Health

Choosing Words Well
For Healing and Revealing the Cultural Movement We Lead

Presentation is the intellectual property of Dr. Byock and not available for distribution.
Please see Institute for Human Caring website.

Nathan Fairman, M.D.

UC Davis Health

Treating Depression and Anxiety in Palliative Care

Shelly Garone, M.D.

Kaiser Permanente

Prognosticating Geriatric Frailty

Matt Gonzales, M.D.

Institute of Human Caring, Providence Health

Tom Grothe, N.P.

Kaiser Permanente

Stephanie Harman M.D.

Stanford Health Care

Statement of Purpose & Objectives

As the need for expert palliative services expands exponentially in acute care and community settings, there is a continuous call for tools and resources with which to improve quality outcomes. This regional conference brings together palliative care professionals with the common goal of identifying and supporting best practices.



  1. Explore language as a vital tool in maximizing palliative care
  2. Review symptoms of anxiety and depression within the context of serious illness
  3. Compare approaches to the traditional and non-pharmacologic treatment of anxiety and depression
  4. Study a (Stanford) ICU model that addresses the challenges of ICU care delivery.
  5. Identify influential factors and strategies that could prevent inappropriate ICU admission
  6. Recognize frailty and related implications in meeting the care needs of older adults
  7. Utilize functional status to assess prognosis and guide critical conversations.
  8. Review etiology and distinguishing features of Personality Disorders.
  9. Explore new approaches and interventions in working with patients with Personality Disorders.
  10. Discuss how an informatics framework for easily documenting and finding goals of care conversations can drive clinical practice change
  11. Describe how computer-driven, person-centered alerts can improve goal-concordant care outcomes

CE / CME Information

Full attendance at the day’s events is required for credit. Attendees must:

a) sign in at the beginning of the day
b) include their professional license number
c) complete an online evaluation within 30 days of the conference

CE/CME certificates will be emailed within six weeks of completing the survey.


1. Look for an email in the week following the conference with a link to an online survey.
This link is only good until March 9, 2020. Please check your spam/junk folders if you don’t receive the email.
2. Follow the link and complete the survey.
3. Please share any observations that will help us plan for future conferences and events.
4. Your certificate will be mailed to you within six weeks.

Nursing CE
Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider #PCE 12302, for 6 units.

Social work CE
The course meets the qualifications for 6 hours of continuing education credit for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and/or LEPs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences.

Collabria Care is approved by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists to sponsor continuing education for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and/or LEPs. Collabria Care maintains responsibility for this program/course and its content.

Physician CME
Application for CME credit has been filed with the American Academy of Family Physicians.  The determination of credit is pending.

What You Said About the Last Conference

A selection of comments by last year’s attendees.

“Thank you for all of the work to put on a wonderful conference.”

“I attended last year and really enjoyed it so I planned to go again this year. I’ll be back next year!”

“You always put on a local, wonderful program.”

“Great job and thanks to those involved in planning and carrying out this wonderful program.”

“Will come back next year”

“I think this conference was very informative with many useful takeaways and reinforced the importance of palliative care.”

“As a new Palliative care nurse 5 years ago, I have learned so much through by attending these conferences every year. I hope they continue as I believe it really keeps PC in the forefront in the community. It is also wonderful to see more and more HCP’s from the community attend and who are finally understanding what PC is. Maybe fundraising needs to happen if costs is an issue to keep the conference going.”

Presented by

Collabria Care

Sponsored by

St. Joseph Health & Partnership HealthPlan of California