Big News for PSW Educators

Big News for PSW Educators

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If you can only attend one webinar this month, then this is it. If you haven't attended a webinar with Kath before, then you are in for a warm, engaging, and interactive experience.

(Video transcript below)

Register now to attend a webinar with Kath Murray.

If you can only attend one webinar this month, then this is it. If you haven’t attended a webinar with Kath before, then you are in for a warm, engaging, and interactive experience.

In these webinars, Kath will specifically discuss resources and strategies for educators to use that will help PSWs meet competencies and address current psychosocial and cultural issues in health care.

Three different webinars are offered to make it convenient and easy to attend. Choose the webinar time that works best for you!


Tuesday, August 11th at 1000 EST (0700 Pacific Time)


Wednesday, August 19th at 1300 EST (1000 Pacific Time)


Thursday, August 27th at 1600 EST (1300 Pacific Time)

You will receive an email confirming your reserved place at the webinar.


We have some BIG NEWS! If you are involved in educating, leading or mentoring Personal Support Workers we want you to be the first to know.

We are aware that PSWs are caring for greater numbers of people whose needs become more acute and complex over time. During the COVID-19 pandemic, PSWs have been the heroes of the health care team despite extreme staffing shortages, a lack of personal protective equipment and risks to personal health. In addition, some PSWs may work in an environment where ageism, racism, or bias are present.

Even before COVID-19, this workplace stress contributed to compassion fatigue, and for too many PSWs, these challenges caused PSWs to quit their careers to find work in another field.

With the timely emergence of the Black Lives Matter movement, we’ve heard from people about the systemic racism in health care where Indigenous, Asian and Black people receive substandard care, and where people from the LGBTQ2 community leading LTC to feel unsafe and rejected.

Although the 2012 Truth and Reconciliation Commission made it clear that the needs of Indigenous, Inuit, Metis and urban Indigenous peoples are not being met, these needs are not yet being addressed in health care.

However, the challenge for you as educators is to prepare PSWs to meet these new palliative care competencies.

Fortunately, we have a solution.

The 2nd edition of the textbook, Integrating a Palliative Approach: Essentials for Personal Support Workers is now available. We began research in 2018 and feel confident that this text, guided by the competencies, including the provision of culturally safe care free of systemic racism and bias, will help you to educate and prepare PSWs.

If you are

a PSW educator in either college or workplace
a leader in hospice, palliative, community or LTC
a Personal Support Worker leader and mentor

Then I am delighted to invite you to this upcoming webinar – to help you prepare PSWs to provide excellent care and to address the issues mentioned.

Click on the links to register for a webinar to hear how to help your students meet the new competencies!

I can’t wait to see you there!

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Courtney Murrell is a PSW who works in hospice palliative care.

When she is not at work, she is spending time with her family, going on hikes or writing. Courtney is a lifelong learner and loves to share her passion for writing as a wellness practice.

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