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S24-702 Lessons Learned from the Bedside: Supporting Individuals with Chronic and Life- Threatening Illness

Total Credits: 3 including 3 Category I CE

200 Adults, Couples & Families
Lee Westgate, LCSW-C
Course Levels:
3 Hours 15 Minutes
Target Audience:
Social Workers, LCPCs, and Psychologists



Living with a chronic illness is no longer an outlier experience given that a substantial portion of the population is diagnosed with and accessing care for one or more conditions. Despite this being both a real and challenging health circumstance for many, much of the narrative concerning this lived experience has been overwhelmingly medical and anchored to the physical consequences of having an illness—thus eclipsing the critical behavioral health, relational, and even existential consequences of having a chronic and even life-threatening condition. This training will provide attendees with critical information on supporting an individual at the time of diagnosis as well as how to support and intervene across the individual’s illness trajectory with attention to the ethical concepts of individual autonomy and self-determination in and throughout the care process.    


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Lee Westgate, MSW, MBA, LCSW-C, LCSW (he/ him/ his) is a transgender advocate with extensive professional experience in social work policy, practice, research, and education. He has held numerous organizational leadership roles, and has served as an educational consultant to a variety of associations and organizational clientele. He has served as a medical social worker in the fields of oncology, critical care, as well as in integrated behavioral health settings. Mr. Westgate has participated in a CSWE-sponsored National Trauma Task Force workgroup that focused on the intersection of ethics and trauma-informed practice, and he was awarded an immersion fellowship through Boston University to study addiction and behavioral health. He has participated in AIDS Education and Training Center on behalf of the University of Maryland, School of Social Work, Baltimore, MD since 2017 and participated in the MidAtlantic AIDS Education and Training Workgroup on COVID and HIV. Mr. Westgate continues to serve as a Clinical Instructor at the University of Maryland, School of Social Work and his scholarship includes integrated behavioral health, clinical work with LGBTQIA+ populations, working with individuals with chronic and life-threatening illness, healthcare policy, and health equity. As a faculty member, he has received numerous teaching awards including the Energizer Award, the Camara Jones Faculty Award of 2022, the Innovation in Social Work Award of 2022, the Exemplary Faculty Member of the Year Award along with the Dean’s Teaching Award for several consecutive semesters. He has been published in The Journal of Sociology & Social Welfare, The Social Worker, The Journal of Employee Assistance, Infusion Magazine, Provider Magazine, and Social Work Today.



Agenda & Learning Objectives


1:15 PM – 1:25 PM  

  • Welcome & Program Introduction 

1:25 PM – 3:00 PM 

  • Opening Reflective Exercise 

  • Discuss the personal impact of chronic illness on individual wellbeing 

  • Understand the prevalence in rates and most common types of chronic illness 

  • Understand relevant model and systemic factors that influence health care delivery 

3:00 PM – 3:15 PM  

  • Break 

3:15 PM – 4:30 PM 

  • Reflect upon the impact of chronic and life-threatening illness on the individual and their support systems 

  • Conduct group case study activity  

  • Identify opportunity for individual engagement and development of mutual trust 

  • Identify supportive strategies to enhance the delivery of care 



Upon the completion of this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Understand the prevalence in rates and most common types of chronic illnesses and health conditions.    

  • Consider how a chronic and even life-threatening illness affects individual well-being as well as the well-being of their support system.   

  • Develop awareness of opportunities for individual engagement, shared –decision-making, and development of reciprocal trust throughout the care delivery process.   

  • Identify relevant resources and supports that stand to benefit and enhance the care delivery process 

Bibliography & References



Relevant NASW Ethical Codes:  

  • 1.02 Self-Determination  

  • 1.16 Referral for Services  

*Please note that the following is a seminal publication and thus the content remains relevant within the context of this training:  

  • Wellbery, C. (2004). Four Patterns of Dying Require Different End-of-Life Care. American Family Physician, 69(2), 402. 

Course Completion & CE Information

Category I Maryland BSWE Requirement

The Office of Continuing Professional Education at the University Of Maryland School Of Social Work is authorized by the Board of Social Work Examiners in Maryland to sponsor social work continuing education programs. This workshop qualifies for 3 Category I Continuing Education Units. The Office of Continuing Professional Education is also authorized by the Maryland Board of Psychologists and the Maryland Board of Professional Counselors to sponsor Category A continuing professional education.

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Target Audience

Social Workers, LCPCs, and Psychologists

We welcome anyone interested in the topic!


Late Fees and Refunds

The base price is $70 and includes CE credit. A non-refundable late fee of $20 is added on March 28, 2024

Cancellations** must be received 24 hours in advance prior to the workshop to receive a refund or an account credit.

Late fees cannot be refunded or applied to  account credit. 

**ALL cancellations will be subjected to a $35.00 administration fee.**

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  • Operating Systems: Windows XP or higher; MacOS 9 or higher; Android 4.0 or higher.
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