Annual Conference

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Preconference Sessions*

To register for one of the sessions listed below, add them to your conference registration package today! If you have already registered for the Annual Conference, call ASBH Member Services at 847.375.4745 to add the session(s) to your registration. 

Mediation Workshop Series 

Wednesday, October 11, 2:00–4:00 PM and 4:30–6:30 PM   

Ethics consultation requires ethicists and other stakeholders to navigate several complex forms of communication, from difficult conversations with patients and their families to collaborations with fellow staff members and ethics committees. Learn to communicate more effectively, diffuse conflicts, and build trust through this two-part workshop series. Each workshop will present tools and data about effective communication in addition to interactive exercises and small-group activities.  

You may choose to attend both workshops or one that best meets your interests.  

Mediation Workshop: Conflict Resolution Skills for Ethics Committees (002)

Wednesday, October 11, 2:00–4:00 PM
Fee: $85
Haavi Morreim, JD PhD

Often, ethics consults stem not from moral puzzlement, but from conflict--staff tensions about a complex situation, a "difficult" patient, intra-family feuds, and myriad other scenarios. Here, the optimal consult usually is not opining about ethics, but resolving conflict: exploring the situation, learning the back-stories that fuel the conflict, helping people articulate their most important priorities, and forging a mutually agreeable plan. Ethics committees and consultants must be prepared to discern what approaches and resources will best suit each consult. This workshop teaches clinical conflict resolution, including negotiation, facilitation, and assisted negotiation. The workshop begins by presenting a key "toolset" of skills, such as: mirroring, managing expectations, affect labeling, normalizing, active listening, and probing for detail. These core techniques help build the trust on which successful resolution relies, thereby enabling those in conflict to come to their own workable agreements. Practice scenarios are interwoven so participants can gain comfort in using each skill. The workshop culminates in a two-part exercise focused on a complex problem of family dynamics.

Mediation Workshop: Managing Challenging Conversations through Skilled Facilitation (005)

Wednesday, October 11, 4:30–6:30 PM
Fee: $85
Autumn Fiester, PhD

While mastery of multi-party facilitation is one of the core competencies, many ethics consultants have not been trained in facilitation techniques. Empirical data show that the majority of US clinical ethicists hold group meetings with clinical staff, patients, and families as part of an ethics consult, even though many have not had formal training in group facilitation techniques. Having skill-based knowledge in the approaches to group interaction is especially important when tensions in the group are running high and members of the group are experiencing anger, frustration, burnout, or moral distress. This workshop will provide facilitation foundational training by teaching group management, strategies to manage difficult and contentious conversations among and between the clinical team, family members, and patients, and pitfalls to avoid that can cause a group meeting to fail. Participants will master advanced facilitation through a combination of didactic presentations, question and response activities, and small group activities.

HEC-C Review Course (001)  

Wednesday, October 11, 2–5:30 PM
Fee: $125
ASBH HEC-C Review Course Task Force members: Trevor M. Bibler, PhD MTS HEC-C, Chair; Abram Brummett, PhD HEC-C; Maggi A Budd, PhD MPH ABPP HEC-C; Anca Dinescu, MD HEC-C; Amanda E. Hine, PhD HEC-C; David Oxman, HEC-C

Developed and presented by ASBH HEC-C Review Course Task Force members, this review course will provide a solid review foundation for those interested in or planning to or take the Healthcare Ethic Consultant-Certified (HEC-C) Examination. The course will be interactive, with updated sample questions used to provide attendees an opportunity to test their existing knowledge and connect question themes with the HEC-C Examination content outline, knowledge statements, and core references as a review framework.

Each attendee will receive an PDF version of the HEC-C Study Guide prior to the session.  

Museum Tour: Reginald Lewis Museum* (003)

Wednesday, October 11, 2:00–4:00 PM
Fee: $85

During this guided tour, visitors  will experience the rich cultural heritage and contributions of Maryland’s African American community by connecting with individuals, places, and traditions that span over 300 years. This will include the story of slavery through the eyes of enslaved and free blacks from Maryland’s colonial past through the end of the Civil War, as well as the efforts to tackle racism and discrimination during the Jim Crow era and Civil Rights Movement.

*In addition to the preconference workshop, all conference attendees will receive discounted access ($10) to the museum by displaying their conference badge during the conference week (October 11 – 14). Museum hours are Monday, Thursday-Saturday: 10am-5pm; and Sunday: 12pm-5pm. Tuesday-Wednesday, closed to the public.

Implementing a Cutting Edge Ethics Consult Data System (004)

Wednesday, October 11, 2:00–5:30 PM
Fee: $125
Kelly Armstrong, PhD; Stowe Locke Teti, MA, HEC-C

Translating an aggregate of daily consult work into valid, useful insights that can drive a better understanding of one’s practice environment, laser-focus evidence-based quality improvement efforts, and facilitate high-powered research is of great value to an ethics consult service. But setting up a system that meaningfully communicates ethics consult data and simplify its analyses can be a daunting prospect. In this workshop, the presenters will share their ACECS-powered data model and data dashboard using their own 1,700-case database as an example. Presenters will demonstrate how to use a robust customizable data system and will leave with a sample coding system and an Excel-based data collection and modeling system that they can immediately put into practice to begin analyzing and sharing data. The process of creating meaningful data will be discussed: the benefits, barriers, and blunders along the way. Participants can utilize their own data dashboard to create opportunities for benchmarking, collaboration, and data sharing. Finally, we will propose a vision of data-sharing on a large scale so the field can develop an epidemiology of ethics issues—essential to advance the profession and empirically ground practice standards.

Register today for the 2023 ASBH Conference and these preconference sessions! For those that have already registered, contact ASBH Member Services at 847.375.4745 to add the session(s) to your registration. 

*All times listed are Eastern Daylight Time (EDT).