Psychosocial Issues in Palliative and End-of-Life Care: Considerations for Psychologists


This is a virtual event, accessible online. Access instructions will be provided after registration.


This workshop will identify ways to promote high-quality, effective palliative and end-of-life care and provide guidance on clinical practice that supports individuals with advanced serious and terminal illness and their care partners. It will provide an overview of psychological practice in the context of palliative care, and focus on assessment domains (e.g., decisional capacity, depression, existential distress, desire for hastened death vs suicidal ideation) and instruments; evidenced-based interventions developed specifically for this population (e.g. Dignity Therapy, Meaning-Centered Psychotherapy) and application of interventions with an established evidence base relevant to palliative care (e.g. ACT); and, special considerations when working with diverse populations. Original webcast date: May 10, 2019

Learning Objective 1

Identify common problems and needs among individuals living with advanced serious and terminal illness.

Learning Objective 2

Discuss assessment used by psychologists in palliative and end-of-life care.

Learning Objective 3

Explain psychotherapeutic interventions used with palliative care populations and best practice clinical outcomes that may be the target of these interventions.


Julia E. Kasl-Godley, PhD

Dr. Kasl-Godley  is a clinical psychologist for CHE Psychological Services and adjunct faculty at the Wright Institute. She previously served as staff psychologist at the VA Palo Alto Hospice and Palliative Care unit and palliative care consult service. She is a member of the APA End-of-Life workgroup, VA National Hospice and Palliative Care Education Planning Committee and was faculty for the EPEC for Veterans and City of Hope ACE Projects. Her areas of clinical and scholarly interest include caregiving; mental illness in advanced serious illness; interprofessional teams and roles and training of psychologists in palliative care and hospice.

Veronica L. Shead, PhD

Dr. Shead is the Palliative Care Psychologist in the St. Louis VA Health Care System. She cares for veterans in acute consultation and outpatient palliative care.  She provides health behavior intervention, brief neuropsychological assessment/capacity evaluation, supportive care, and bereavement services to veterans and their families.  Dr. Shead is involved in interprofessional geriatric and palliative care training. She serves as the Secretary of the Society of Geropsychology (APA Div. 12-II) and on the APA End-of-Life workgroup.  Dr. Shead maintains research interests in palliative care, integrated care and training, dementia behavioral intervention and assessment, as well as related health disparities.


Continuing Education

3.0 CE
Production Date:


Price: $80.00

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