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Who Should Attend?

The MAiD in Practice Virtual Conference 2024 has been designed to educate and support caring professionals, volunteers and students who are interested in assisting people pursuing MAiD, people supporting someone pursuing MAiD, and people grieving a MAiD death in Canada.

We encourage social workers, counsellors, youth and family workers, social service workers, home care aides, nurses, physicians, palliative care professionals, death doulas, celebrants, funeral directors, pharmacists, and other care-based disciplines to join in the learning.

Workshop organizers recognize that professionals and volunteers with limited clinical or experiential knowledge and appreciation for the complexities of the MAiD experience can feel unprepared for, and apprehensive about providing care and compassion to individuals and their support networks in navigating MAiD. We also know that lack of MAiD competency can perpetuate stigma and compromise the clinical relationship. This is why it was so important for us to put together this one-of-a-kind, week-long MAiD-specific learning opportunity!

The conference will provide streamlined access to relevant and topical educational modules focused on psychosocial and grief-related aspects of MAiD, expand clinical and experiential knowledge and skill-base when engaging individuals and their support networks through MAiD, and focus on building mental and physical resiliency and the importance of self-care when supporting individuals touched by MAiD. In addition, it will increase awareness of available resources to support end of life care and planning, centring the voices of those who have been touched by MAiD, through cultural safety and social justice lenses.

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