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The Nebraska Hospice-Veteran Partnership Annual Workshop and Update
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The Nebraska Hospice-Veteran Partnership Annual Workshop and Update

When: Thursday, Dec. 12, 2019
9:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Where: NHCA Office - Vetter Family Learning Center
1200 Libra Drive, Suite 100
Lincoln, Nebraska  68512
United States
Contact: 402-477-0204

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Online pre-registration is now closed. Walk-ins are welcome!



The Nebraska Hospice-Veteran Partnership Annual Workshop and Update will include two education sessions (Talking Through Trauma and S.A.V.E.), lunch, and a best practice discussion and update. Download the flyer here.


Presenter: Lou Lukas, MD, Medical Director, Palliative Medicine, Veterans Health Administration, VA Nebraska-Western Iowa Health Care System, Omaha, Nebraska, and Associate Professor, University of Nebraska Medical Center, Omaha, Nebraska

Content: Dealing with dying can bring up defensiveness in patients, families, and health care providers. Veterans and others may have heightened defenses as a result of military or other trauma. This talk will explore how trauma impacts the inner personality system and skills to help navigate through it.

Objectives: At the end of this presentation, participants will be able to:

  • Recognize signs of trauma-related coping strategies
  • Describe how trauma impacts coping
  • Explore techniques for talking through trauma



Presenter: Jennifer Hagen, LCSW, LIMHP, Clinical Social Worker, Education and Outreach Specialist in Suicide Prevention, Department of Veteran Affairs, Lincoln, Nebraska

Content: This course will empower you to play a vital role in suicide prevention. Each of us has the opportunity to be that one person who makes a difference – the person who asks the question that can save a Veteran’s life or the life of anyone struggling with thoughts of suicide. Using the simple steps of S.A.V.E., we can all make a difference.

Objectives: At the end of this presentation, participants will be able to:

  • Develop a general understanding of the problem of suicide in the United States
  • Understand how to identify a Veteran who may be at risk for suicide
  • Learn what resources are available to a Veteran who is at risk



Be prepared to participate in a discussion about your hospice’s activities related to:

  • Pinning ceremonies
  • Vet-to-vet volunteer programs
  • Specific care needs of veterans you provided
  • Working with Veteran Service Officers or other VA contacts
  • Accessing VA benefits
  • Securing medals or other acknowledgements for veterans
  • Participation in We Honor Veterans program



PRE-REGISTRATION is encouraged. Registration at the door will be accepted only if space permits.
An invoice will be emailed. If you wish to confirm your registration, please call the NHPCA office (402-477-0204).
Cancellation requests must be submitted in writing. A $10 processing fee will apply to all cancellations. Substitutions are welcome; please submit your request in writing.

Registration Fee
Registration fee.............................$25



At the conclusion of the program, a certificate of attendance will be distributed. 



9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. ................... Registration
10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. ................. Talking Through Trauma (Lou Lukas, MD)
11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. ................. Lunch (included)
12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. ................... S.A.V.E. (Jennifer Hagen)
1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. ..................... Discussion and Update