The Collective Soul Symposium

Friday, February 22, 2019 | 7:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Add to Calendar


Spirituality and religiosity are recognized as factors that contribute to quality of life and coping strategies in many persons facing life-threatening illnesses. These life-threatening events can also give rise to spiritual distress. When combined with chronic or acute pain and other physical and psychological symptoms, spiritual distress can be a component of a patient’s total suffering which the palliative care team (The Collective Soul) seeks to alleviate, enhancing the human spirit and creating a healing environment in the middle of the distressful situation. The purpose of this advanced course is to provide a better understanding of the Palliative Care Team’s role in enhancing the human spirit and relieving patient’s bio-psychosocial and spiritual suffering.

The 2019 Steve Thorney Lecture in Spiritual Care: Betty Ferrell, PhD, MA, FAAN, FPCN, CHPN


$100 – Registration Fee

$75 – MD Anderson Employees

$50 – Student (must bring student ID)


This important educational event is aimed at chaplains, ministers, clergy, spiritual care counselors, nurses, social workers and other health care professionals delivering spiritual care in the community and healthcare facilities.

CEUs / CNEs Available for Nurses, Social Workers, LPCs, and LMFTs.

CEUs available for Social Workers, LPCs, and LMFTs. Up to 7.91 CNE’s available for Nurses


The purpose of this educational event is to provide community-based, hospital, chaplains, ministers and other interested healthcare professionals with skills for a better understanding of the Palliative Care Team role; embracing the human spirit of patients with advanced illness, multiple physical, psychosocial, spiritual, and religious issues. Attendees at this conference will learn the principles of Palliative Care and Hospice, the state-of-the art of physical, emotional, and spiritual symptom management. Effective communication with patients and families at the end of life. The integration of spiritual care into the Palliative Care practice.


  • Describe the importance and the role of the Interdisciplinary Team in the Palliative Care and Hospice setting in the care of patients with advanced illnesses and their family in a multicultural environment.
  • Describe the principles of management of different distressing Physical symptoms of patients with advanced illnesses.
  • Describe the principles of management of Distressing Emotional and Spiritual symptoms in patients with advanced illnesses and their families.

The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center is an approved provider with commendation of continuing nursing education by the Texas Nurses Association – Approver, an accredited approver with distinction, by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.



MD Anderson South Campus Research Building

7455 Fannin St., Houston, TX


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