Hope and Resilience Virtual Schwartz Rounds: The Stories We Tell, The Stories We Hear

Building Resilience: Moving from Coping to Taking Control

December 8, 2022

This online webinar offers 2 contact hours for physicians, nurses, and social workers. All health care providers are welcome to attend.




From our Hope and Resilience at the End of Life Annual Conference series, we present to you this Online Webinar focused on how listening to the stories of others and sharing our own narratives help us find meaning and heal. Stories convey values, emotions, and experiences revealing the differences and similarities between our experiences. Illuminating personal stories involves sharing which can facilitate bonds and supportive networks. In this webinar, the narratives from health care professionals will be explored while reviewing the elements of storytelling. Experiential activities, and self-awareness practices will be included.

Upon completion of this activity, participants will be better able to:

  • Embrace meaning making and understand stressful events within the present meaning framework.
  • Reframe their beliefs to comprehend those events that are stressful or traumatic.
  • Reflect on ways in which they perceive, comprehend, and make sense of life events, particularly highly stressful life ones such as trauma, death, and loss.
  • More fully comprehend their world and understand what they want to accomplish in their lives.
  • Expand their understanding of the place of story-telling in the care of serious illness, both for patients’ and families’ support, and for clinicians’ existential well-being.
  • Form bonds and supportive networks, and appreciate how storytelling aids the development of personal resilience and provides opportunities to celebrate hardiness.


Donna Gaffney
Dr. Donna A. Gaffney

Dr. Donna A. Gaffney

Dr. Donna Gaffney has long addressed trauma, loss and grief in the lives of children, adults, and communities. As a psychotherapist and consultant, she has worked with families, schools, and professionals in the aftermath of tragedies and national disasters, such as the Challenger explosion, the Pan Am 103 crash, Sandy Hook, the Haitian earthquake, and Hurricane Katrina. After the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, Dr. Gaffney was a member of the New Jersey Traumatic Loss Coalition and the State of NJ Disaster Mental Health Services, working with Liberty Science Center, communities, families and professionals. She served on the Families of September 11 advisory board, facilitating one of the first online support groups for family members affected by the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

Philip McCabe
Philip McCabe

Philip McCabe

Philip McCabe has 35 years’ experience in Community Education as a Certified Social Worker, Nationally Certified Addiction Specialist, Certified Domestic Violence Counselor and Disaster Response Crisis Counselor. He is a Health Educator for Rutgers School of Public Health, Center for Public Health Workforce Development and Region II Public Health Training Center.  Following the events of 9/11, he provided training for NJ Center for Public Health Preparedness. His focus area includes Disaster Site Recovery & Resiliency, Psychological First Aid, Cultural Competency, Health Disparities and Interpersonal Violence Prevention.  He has presented workshops at various local, state and national events, the US Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico and the United Kingdom.

Planners and Speakers have no conflicts of interest to disclose regarding this educational activity.

There is no commercial support or sponsorship for this activity.

This Online Webinar is made possible by the generous support of The Schwimmer Family, The VNA Health Group of New Jersey, and the RWJBarnabas Health Home Care and Hospice.



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In support of improving patient care, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.

PHYSICIANS Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences designates this live activity for a maximum of 2 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

NURSES This activity is awarded 2 contact hour (120 minute CH). Nurses should only claim those contact hours actually spent participating in the activity. 

SOCIAL WORKERS This program is approved for GENERAL social work continuing education hours by Rutgers University Behavioral Health Care in accordance with New Jersey administrative code 13:44G-6.4 and recognized by The New Jersey Board of Social Work Examiners.