2014 Janus Project Summer Seminar: Journey Into Darkness

Janus Project 2014
The Cedar Tree Institute in cooperation with Bell Hospital presents:

2014 Janus Project Summer Seminar

September 19-21, 2014

Pain Management and the Search for Meaning

A Seminar on Palliative Medicine And End-of-Life Care


Continuing Education Event for Physicians And Medical Professionals

  • A small group learning experience framed by hiking in one of Michigan’s remote forested landscapes
  • Two nights lodging in an island cabin on Beaufort Lake, Michigamme, MI
  • Hearty meals, including smoked fish and homemade bread
  • Bell Hospital is accredited by the Michigan State Medial Society to provide continuing medical education for physicians. Bell Hospital designated this live activity for a maximum of 8 AMA Physician’s Recognition Award Category 1 Credits TM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
  • Limited to 12 participants

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FRIDAY: September 19

  • 6-6:30 p.m. – Registration
  • 6:30-7:30 p.m. – Dinner
  • 7:45-8 p.m. – Orientation
  • 8-9:30 p.m. – Presentation #1 (Magnuson) “PAIN: Physical, Emotional, Existential & Spiritual Components”

SATURDAY: September 20

  • 7:30-8 a.m. – Tai Chi: A Mind/Body Practice
  • 8-9:30 a.m. – Presentation #2 (Grossman) “Chronic Pain Management”
  • 9:30-10:30 a.m. – Brunch
  • 10:30 a.m.-12 noon – Presentation #3 (Skendzel) “The Dynamics of Patient-Centered Dialogue”
  • 12:30-4 p.m. – Hiking the Craig Lake Trail
  • 4:30-5:30 p.m. – Sauna and Refreshments
  • 5:30-6:30 p.m. – Dinner
  • 7:30-9 p.m. – Presentation #4 (Williams) “Suffering & the Spiritual World, Part I”

SUNDAY: September 21

  • 7:30-8 a.m. – Tai Chi: A Mind/Body Practice
  • 8-9 a.m. – Breakfast
  • 9-10 a.m. – Presentation #5 (Grossman & Hefke) “The Ethics of Pain Management”
  • 10:15-11:15 a.m. – Presentation #6 (Magnuson) “Seven Lessons About Emotional & Spiritual Pain when Providing End of Life Care”
  • 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. – Presentation #7 (Williams) “Suffering & the Spiritual World, Part II”
  • 12:30-1:30 p.m. – Lunch
  • 1:30-2:30 p.m. – Closing, Reflections and Departure

Seminar Focus:

  • An overview of Pain Management in the Context of Palliative Medicine and End of Life Care
  • Psychological Perspectives on Cognitive Reframing And Pain Management Strategies
  • An Exploration of Ethical Perspectives on Pain Management Interventions
  • Understanding the Dynamics of Patient-Centered Dialogue
  • Facilitators:

    • Michael Grossman, MD
    • Larry Skendzel, MD
    • Jon Magnuson, MDiv, MSW

    Guest Presenters:

    • Ray Williams – Swinomish Tribal Elder, LaConner, WA. Seyowen Smokehouse Traditional Spiritual Leader, Outreach Worker for The Pacific Northwest Jesuit CommunityPsychiatrist, Marquette General Hospital
    • Erika Hefke, R.N. – Manager, U.P. Home Health & Hospice


    Register: (906) 485-2619, Bell Hospital Fee includes: two nights of lodging, six meals and 8 CMEs with the Michigan State Medical Society.

    Seminar Fee:

    Physicians ($475)

    Nurses, Social Workers, other Medical Professionals: $375

    Payable to the Cedar Tree Institute
    403 East Michigan St., MQT, MI 49855


    In 1999-2000 a group of physician, medical specialists, clergy and social workers met together for a training program sharing their experiences providing medical care for end-of-life patients. Initially funded by a small grant from the Blue Cross-Blue Shield Foundation and coordinated by the Cedar Tree Institute, this project set into motion a framework for seven ensuing summer seminars and six winter symposiums. More than 100 physicians, nurses and hospice workers from across the Upper Peninsula of Michigan have participated.

    These training programs are intentionally shaped by Mind/Body experiences (hiking, Tai Chi, kayaking, snowshoeing, skiing) and small-group dialogue. Guest presenters have joined us from Wisconsin, Texas and Massachusetts. Drs. Mike Grossman and Larry Skendzel, medical directors for Marquette County’s two hospices, continue to work alongside Jon Magnuson, a social worker and clergyman, shaping the Janus Project’s unfolding vision.

    Janus refers to the Greek god of thresholds, gates & doorways.

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