Consortium Ethics Program

About the CEP

Special One-Day Conference Open to the Public



Monday April 20, 2015  

8:30 am – 4:15 pm 

Hospital Council of Western Pennsylvania

500 Commonwealth Drive

Warrendale, PA 15086


This day-long conference will enhance the skills of those currently performing ethics consults and provide a foundation for health care professionals on their journey to becoming ethics consultants. The purpose and function of an ethics consult will be reviewed and the essential components needed to structure an effective ethics consult service will be discussed. Using the American Society for Bioethics and Humanities (ASBH) Core Competencies as a guide, the framework and skills required for an ethics consultant will be reviewed. In addition, the intersection of law and ethics in assessing difficult patient care situations will be discussed. Health care professionals will also have the opportunity to participate in simulated ethics case consultations.

Overall Objectives:  At the conclusion of this program, participants should be able to:

  1. Define and identify the elements and key processes of an ethics consult.
  2. Discuss the ASBH competencies required of the clinical ethics consultant.
  3. Compare and contrast ethics versus legal consultation.
  4. Develop strategies to enhance and improve ethics consultation skills.

Who Should Attend: This conference is open to all health care professionals who are actively performing ethics consultations who would like to refresh their skills and to new ethics consultants and health care professionals serving on ethics committees who are interested in performing ethics consults.

 Topics Will Include:

Building a Clinical Ethics Service: Foundational Elements

Valerie Satkoske, PhD

Director of Ethics

Wheeling Hospital 

Frameworks for Ethics Consultation

Mark P. Aulisio, PhD

Director, Center for Biomedical Ethics at MetroHealth

Professor of Bioethics, Case Western Reserve University

Contrasting the Roles of Ethics and Law in the Hospital

Valarie Blake, JD, MA

Visiting Assistant Professor

Duquesne University School of Law 

Ethics Consultation Simulations

Elizabeth K. Chaitin, MSW, DHCE

Director, Quality & Ethics

UPMC Palliative & Supportive Institute


Cost: Includes all materials, continuing education credits, break services, and lunch.


Registration Received by

March 2, 2015

Registration Received After

March 2, 2015

Non-CEP Member



Discounted Rate for CEP Member Institutions



** 10% discount for any hospital registering more than 4 people at the same time **

Full conference brochure and registration form are available here.


2015 CEP Spring Class Schedule

(Open to CEP Members Only)

March 10, 2015

La Roche College


9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Transfers of Decision Making for Cognitively Impaired Persons

Martha Mannix, JD

University of Pittsburgh

1:14 pm - 4:15 pm

Religious and Cultural Views on End of Life Decision Making: Hindu, Islamic, African American, and Orthodox Christian Perspectives

Hindu: Vish Iyer, MD

Orthodox: Stevan Rocknage

African American: John Welch, MDiv, PhD (c)

Islamic: Khlood Salman, DrPH, RN

April 13, 2015

Distance Learning

Basic, Advanced, and Associate
11:00 am - 1:00 pm

Difficult Converstions: Handling the Difficult Patient and Family

Michael McCarthy, MTS, PhD(c)Loyola University

Robert Arnold, MD

University of Pittsburgh

May 18, 2015

La Roche College



9:00 am - 12:00 pm

1:14 pm - 4:15 pm




















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