Narratives of Healing:
Presence with Others’ Stories and Our Own 

Rev. Dr. Carla Cheatham
Friday, October 12, 2018 8:00 am – 4:45 pm
The Universities at Shady Grove, Rockville, MD


Register for the conference online.   (Online Registration Deadline: October 5, 2018) 

Download mail-in registration form.  (Register by mail by October 5, 2018.)

Call-in registrations allowed until October 10th - 301-637-1871.

Walk-in registrations will be accepted the day of the event. 
(Fee will be $120 for walk-ins; $130 w/CEUs.)

For more information, contact Linda Horenstein at 301-637-1871 or


The stories we hear and which we tell ourselves have tremendous power to help or harm our personal health and professional outcomes. This daylong workshop will provide an opportunity to consider the stories which surround the caregiving and support we offer to families and individuals. We will identify the ways in which stories can expose us to compassion fatigue and how we can increase resilience. We will focus on the reality of suffering and the place of hope in what we hear, and explore what it would mean to be fully present to them both. We will also consider the elements of good listening and how attunement can impact positively the potential for healing in relationships. Finally, we will analyze the important place of existential and spiritual concerns in our stories and clarify important ways to maintain good boundaries and avoid spiritual malpractice. Through presentation and interaction, this workshop will have wide applicability across the many contexts of caregiving, from clinical situations to supportive institutions to religious communities.

Who should attend?

Social Workers, Clergy, Therapists, Counselors, Funeral Directors, Medical Professionals, Parish Nurses, Pastoral Care Leaders, Volunteers and others interested in engaging with stories of suffering and hope with the people we encounter.

Speaker:  Rev. Dr. Carla Cheatham  

Dr. Cheatham is an outstanding national keynote speaker and educator who has extensive experience in hospice chaplaincy, bereavement and professional training for hospice workers. With an educational background in the fields of psychology, health and spirituality, Carla is currently the section leader for the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization’s Spiritual Caregivers Section, chair of NHPCO’s Ethics Advisory Council, an Adjunct Professor at the Seminary of the Southwest, and Affiliate Assistant Professor at the University of Maryland where she co-developed and now teaches courses for their new Masters of Science in Palliative Care degree. She is an insightful and engaging storyteller, and her most recent book, Hospice Whispers: Stories of Life, is filled with wisdom from her work and life. She is also the author of a companion piece, Sharing Our Stories: A Hospice Whispers Grief Support Workbook, both available through Amazon. She is currently working on a book on grief and another on the art of presence with those who are suffering. Additionally, Carla publishes two blogs through and

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this seminar, participants will be able to:
1. Identify the tenets of resilience from the literature
2. Analyze practical techniques to increase resilience in daily routines
3. Explore the challenges of being with suffering
4. Describe the role of hope in suffering
5. Summarize the benefits of attunement in healing relationships
6. Practice presence techniques
7. Discuss the differences among religious, spiritual and existential care
8. Identify the ethical space of care which avoids spiritual malpractice

  8:00      registration and breakfast
  9:00      Resilience as Our Greatest Clinical Competence
10:30      morning break
10:45      Restorying the Narrative
12:15      lunch
  1:15      Art and Science of Deep Listening
  2:45      afternoon break
  3:00      Ethical Interdisciplinary Existential Care
  4:30      closing remarks and evaluations

Location and Parking 

The Universities at Shady Grove
Conference and Event Center (Building 2)
9630 Gudelsky Drive, Rockville, MD 20850

Cost for garage parking will be $10 for the day.
Parking is only available in the Traville Gateway Garage,
which is adjacent to the Building 2 Conference Center.
(Cars parked on the street will be ticketed by the school.)

Registration Fees (non-refundable)

General Registration                                      $100
Registration with CEUs                                  $110
Walk-in registration (if space available)  $120/ $130 (w/ CEUs)

To receive  continuing education credits, you must be present for the entire session.

Continuing Education Units - 6 CEUs

• Maryland Board of Professional Counselors and Therapists: 6 CEUs, Category A
• Board of Social Work Examiners of the State of Maryland: 6 CEUs, Category 1
• Maryland State Board of Morticians and Funeral Directors: 6 CEUs (pending)
• National Association of Long Term Care Administrator Boards: 6 CEUs (pending approval)

Thank you to our Corporate Partners:

Diamond Partners
Adventist HealthCare
Joseph Gawler’s Sons, LLC

Gold Partners
Family & Nursing Care
Hines-Rinaldi Funeral Home, Inc.

Silver Partners
Lerch, Early & Brewer, Chtd.
McMillan Metro, PC
Profit Law Firm, LLC
Right at Home
Sandy Spring Bank
Sagel Bloomfield Danzansky Goldberg Funeral Care, Inc.
Visiting Angels

Event Type

Professional Education

Event Date

October 12, 2018 (All day)