Difficult Conversations in HealthCare: Teaching and Practice in an Interprofessional World

Workshop Dates

2018-19 academic year dates TBA


$495.00 (A light breakfast and lunch is included).  All payments need to be received prior to the start of the program.

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Continuing Education

In support of improving patient care, Boston Children's Hospital is accredited by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for the healthcare team.

CME, Risk Management, MOC, CNE and Social Work credits are available. See details.


Difficult Conversations in Healthcare: Teaching and Practice in an Interprofessional World is a 1-day interprofessional faculty development course that offers the opportunity to learn about a variety of innovative concepts, methods and strategies for teaching and enhancing relational capacities, communication skills, attention to values and ‘everyday ethics’, professionalism, and interprofessional collaboration and practice.

Course participants will have the opportunity to learn about and experience an innovative relational learning model, known as the Program to Enhance Relational and Communication Skills (PERCS), developed by the Institute for Professionalism & Ethical Practice (IPEP) at Boston Children’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School.

Participants will also learn about the International Charter for Human Values in Healthcare that was created by an interprofessional global collaborative to enhance attention to values and communication in healthcare globally.

We will create a safe environment for relational learning, experience a variety of teaching methods, and integrate patient / family, and interprofessional perspectives in innovative ways.

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Who Should Attend

The course is designed for physicians in all specialties, multidisciplinary healthcare professionals, medical / healthcare education leaders, and clinicians and practitioners who work with patients of any age across the lifespan in a variety of academic and clinical healthcare settings.


Elizabeth Rider, MSW, MD, FAAP

Director of Academic Programs

David Browning, MSW, LICSW

Senior Scholar Emeritus
Psychosocial Faculty
Co-founder, IPEP

Meg Comeau, MHA

Family Faculty
Faculty Associate

Robert D. Truog, MD, MA, FCCM

Executive Director

Pamela Varrin, PhD

Psychosocial Faculty
Family Faculty

Erin Ward, MsEd, CAS

Family Faculty
Faculty Associate