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36th Annual WVNEC Symposium Just what the Joint Commission Ordered! An "Ethics Process" to Address Conflict


Event Cost

WVNEC Members $110
Non-Members $140

Course fee includes morning and afternoon breaks, lunch, course materials, and continuing education credits for those listed in the brochure. Registration is limited to 100 registrants.

Series Description

Conflict is at the heart of cases in which ethics consultation is requested. This 36th annual symposium of the West Virginia Network of Ethics Committees will tackle conflict head on! Our keynote speaker, Haavi Morreim, JD, PhD, academician, attorney and active mediator, has over 30 years of experience in resolving conflicts in healthcare settings as both an ethics consultant and a mediator. She runs the Center for Conflict Resolution in Healthcare and is a highly sought after speaker at national meetings. In addition to giving the keynote address, she will participate in the two panel discussions of cases fraught with conflict and indicate how mediation could have helped. One entails disagreement over whether to proceed with tracheostomy and long-term mechanical ventilation in an adolescent with neurologic injury, and the second involves conflict between siblings over who should be making end-of-life decisions for their comatose mother. Haavi will describe how mediation skills can expand the toolkit of ethics consultants, reduce the tensions inherent in conflict, and forge mutually agreeable plans among disputing parties!

In addition, the symposium will address common issues that arise in the ethical and legal care of patients: 1) applying the West Virginia Health Care Decisions Act to patient care; 2) identifying the essential elements of an informed consent discussion to achieve true shared decision-making and patient-centered care, and 3) evaluating whether principlism is sufficient to analyze and resolve conflicts in ethics consultation. As always, WVNEC strongly encourages audience participation--the symposia are lively and thought-provoking. Please bring your questions and tough cases for discussion!


This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of the WVU School of Medicine and WVNEC.  The WVU School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The WVU Office of CME designates this live activity for a maximum of 5.5 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

This continuing education activity has been provided by the WVU School of Nursing for 6.6 contact hours.  The WVU School of Nursing is an approved provider of continuing education by the State of West Virginia Board of Examiners for Registered Professional Nurses, Legislative Rule #19CSR11-4 under provider number 50-26086.

This course is sponsored by the Center for Health Ethics and Law, Provider Number 490095, which is a Certified Provider of continuing education credits for social workers. This program has been awarded up to 5.5 hours of continuing education credit.

This program qualifies for a total of 6.3 credits under the West Virginia Rules for Mandatory Continuing Legal Education.

Disclosure: It has been determined that the content of this activity is not related to any products or services of any commercial interests, therefore, no evidence was gathered related to faculty / authors / planners’ relationships with commercial interests.

Series Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this activity, participants should be able to
1. Summarize why mediation is an effective approach for ethics consultants to resolve conflict;
2. Apply the West Virginia Health Care Decisions Act to ethical and legal issues that arise in patient care;
3. Evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of using principlism as an ethical theory to guide ethics consultation;
4. Specify the elements of shared decision-making necessary for patient-centered information; and
5. Analyze cases in which there is conflict using WVNEC’s 7-step process of ethical decision-making.


Stonewall Resort   
940 Resort Drive
Roanoke, WV 26447
Room Block expires April 16. 

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