CURRICULUM VITAE & BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION
MICHELE CATHERINE GANTOIS CHABAN
Formerly of The Temmy Latner Center for Palliative Care
700 University Avenue, Ste. 3000
Toronto, On M5G 1Z5
PREPARED : APRIL 1 : 2005
Degrees, Courses & Awards
2002 Balfour Mount Visiting Professorship, The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and The Canadian Palliative Care Association.
1997 Registered Social Worker (RSW) , voluntarily Certified with the College of Social Workers (wrote certification exam)
1996 University of Wales, Doctorate of Philosophy (Religious Studies and Theology, specialization in Thanatology.
1995 University of Toronto, Graduate School of Theology, Full Scholarship.
1995 Mt Sinai Staff Excellence Award.
1994 Rose Turno Bursary, Mt Sinai Hospital Scholarship.
1987 University of Toronto, Graduate School of Theology, course work.
1984 University of Toronto, Master of Social Work, Health specialization, Palliative Care/Oncology/Family Interventions.
1981 University of Toronto, Graduate School of Theology-course work.
1977 York University, Toronto, Canada, Honors BA, English Literature, Religious Studies.
a) Academic Appointments
2002-Present - University of Wales (Lampeter Campus), PhD supervisor, a Canadian liaison for their MA/PhD programs, lecturer ( I have referred numerous PhD students to UofW).
1998 Cross appointed to the Faculty of Social Work, Family and Community Medicine and Center for Bio-ethics, lecturer (current status being upgraded).
1982-Present - Field /Faculty consultation and liaison with School of Social Work, University of Toronto (PhD, Advanced Practice MSW placement) ( I have taken 4 advanced practice MSW students).
2003-Present - Lakehead University, discussion and planning of Distant Education program and placement for MSW students.
b) Hospital Appointments
September 1998 - February 2004 - Director/Clinical Leader of the Psycho-Social-Spiritual Team of The Temmy Latner Center for Palliative Care, Toronto Canada Co-Team Leader for Health Care Accreditation, Program policy/ procedure
1990-1998 - GI Units (IBD/GI Oncology/ Palliative Care Programs)
1990-1987 - Orthopedic Oncology / Palliative Care Program
1987-1985 - Mississauga Hospital, Palliative Medicine Program, Mississauga, Canada, social worker/ team co-ordinator
1985-1983 - Providence Health Center, Special Care Unit (57 bed unit/locked / Dementias) / Palliative Care Unit
c) Project Planning
2002-Present - Health Canada, Strategy on End of Life Care, Educational Working Group, Chair for Social Work interests in Education, Co-Chair for Social Work interests in Best Practices
1997 Developed and Implemented the first non-funded psycho-social-spiritual program attached to a Palliative Care Program. Funding came from a combination of fund-raising, fee for service, memorial donations and grants.
1991-1994 Toronto Palliative Care Project Planning Committee, executive committee, developing Hospice Care in community
1992-1994 Toronto Palliative Care Project, Educational Committee
d)Program / Clinical Intervention/ Development
1987-Present - Nikki McMaster Fund and Family Room for patients and families living with osteo-sarcoma, Jewish Hospice, Chinese Hospice, Street Hospice, PRISMS Program ( Mindfulness Based Meditation - Individual and Group ( first of its kind in Toronto,) Griefwork with Men, Children's Programming, Bibliotherapy with Families, Palliative Care as a Pre-Mortem Intervention Strategy, Harm Reduction Family Care with Populations at Risk, Prevention in HP/EOL Family Care, Making the clinical distinction between PTSD/STSD and Acting On It, Psycho-educational and psychotherapy in EOL care, Building in family resiliency/sustainability in EOL care. Building in resiliency and sustainability in teams in EOL care. Viewing aboriginal and first nations people through their hx of harm /hx with death rather than their need for tx for addiction/substance abuse, Healing through the Elders in First Nations (An Alternative Intervention Strategy) : PTSD/STSD in First Nations People, Grounding Theory in HP/EOL, creating/wrting family theory in HP/EOL care.
Primary Focus of My Life Work: The Subject Experience of Dying ( ie personhood) , Critical Appraisal of Other Theories and Why They are Wholly Inadequate Thanatological Models, Call for New Family Models of Care, Advocate for Research Based Family Theory Project On EOL Care.
An Arts Informed, Qualitative Phenomenological Research Project, on a National Profile of How Canadians Die. ( a work in progress) Investigators: Dr Katherine Boydelle MSW, RSW, PhD. and Dr Michele Chaban MSW, RSW, PhD.
Does A Psycho-Education Intervention for Families at the End of Life Reduce Anxiety and Depression? ( a work in progress) Investigator: Dr Michele Chaban MSW, RSW, PhD.
The Origins of the Staging Theory of Dr Elisabeth Kubler-Ross (PhD Thesis)
Outcome Measures in Palliative Care: can we conceptualize them?
The Impact of the Holocaust on Dying and Death of Camp Survivors, 50 years later: Community Development.
A History of Harm from genocide, war, persecution and its impact on End of Life care: A Clinical Paradigm.
Is there a gender bias in the grief literature? Griefwork with heterosexual males-a phenomenological shift.
How does Pet Therapy impact on loss: an experiential observational study.
Spiritual outcomes in Palliative Care: A literature review.
Intervention research in HP/EOL care-observational studies
Intervention research in HP/EOL care-theory development
Intervention research in HP/EOL care-development of intervention tool for PSST
f) Education (too numerous to mention)
Humber College 2005 Advancing End of Life Care with Intervention Research
Humber College 2005 Working with The Health Canada and The Schools of Social Work on Curriculum Design
March 29, 2005, Northeastern Telehealth Network (Ontario, Canada), Distance Education, 20 sites, Healing our Dying ( Using Diverse Approaches) .
March 24, 2005, Mindfulness Meditation, A New Clinical Approach to EOL Care, Toronto,
March 23, 2005. All day clinical day for region of Peterborough, co-taught with physician colleague, Dr Russell Goldman, topics included pain management, suffering, complex families, PTSD/STSD, moral distress, compassion fatigue.
February 9, 2005. Hx of Harm, how to deal with intergenerational issues of genocide, war, rape, abuse at EOL within an immigrant family.
February 2, 2005. Great Hall, IPE, UofT, Medicine, Chaplaincy, Social Work, Evening Lecture, On Death and Dying-sponsored by 3 faculties and 3 key notes, each has 20 minutes to answer 4 key questions. Interdisciplinary approach. Audience evaluates lectures.
February 1,2005. Ontario legislature, Ontario Disability Act.
November 2004, Providing Support and Grief in The Midst of Loss and Grief (and Death), Headwaters Health Care Center.
November 2004, Working With A Half Life, Canadian Association of Nurses. (Identifying The Staples of EOL Care).
October, 2004. A Vision of New Clinical Paradigms In Hospice Palliative Care, Living Well, Dying Well Conference, Kitchener / Waterloo Hospice, Ontario.
April 2004. Remembering Ancient Traditions of Deathing, Humber College Conference, and Toronto. (Anthropology/Rituals of Deathing)
June, 2004. Peter Geegie Memorial Lecture, Healing at The End of Life.
April, 2004. Debate: Should Bereavement Programs be a part of Hospice Palliative Care Programs? Dr Michele Chaban and Reverend John Staynor, Humber Conference.
May 2002. Advanced Issues In Palliative Care
Fall 2002, Dying, Death, The Nature of Consciousness, Bereavement Ontario Network, Toronto.
June 1999, Quality Care At End Of Life: Strategies to Better Meet The Needs Of Patients And Families, Peter Singer, Frank Ferris, Kerry Bowman, Michael Gordon, Michele Chaban. , Center for Bio-Ethics, University of Toronto and Strategy Institute, Toronto, Canada.
October, 1999. Working with Families. A Preventive Model, Dorthy Ley Hospice".
November 1999. Hope, Cope and Dope ,Bayview Hospice , Toronto. EOL care as a complex maze that needs a new generation of theory to be invented to meet the new needs.
November 1999, Introductory Palliative Care Course, Palliative Care Council of Toronto.
Ethical Issues in Palliative Care, Scarborough Board of education.
February, 1999, Ethics, Scarborough General Hospital.
September 1998, The Tasks of the Dying, Grand Rounds, Mt Sinai, Toronto.
September-November 1998, Palliative Care Course, Centennial College, Moral, Legal, Ethical, Spiritual Issues in Palliative Care.
April 1998, PACT Program (Palliative Care), Toronto, Grand Rounds.
April 1997, Working with Holocaust Survivors: A Clinical and Systemic Perspective.
Suffering Succotash, Humber College Conference. April 1997.
September-November 1997, Palliative Care Course, Centennial College, Moral, Legal, Ethical, Spiritual Issues in Palliative Care.
November 1997. North York General Hospital, Half Day Clinic Day Palliative Care.
April 1997, Dying in the 21st Century, Hospice Orillia, and Ontario.
April 1997, The Needs of Palliative Care Families and Their Dying, A Fund Raising lecture.
April 1997, Communication with Dying patients.
September-November 1996, Palliative Care Course, Centennial College, Moral, Legal, Ethical, Spiritual Issues in Palliative Care
November 1996,Psych-oncology Rounds, Tri-Hospital Grand Rounds: " Suffering: Working with The Spirit of Serious Illness"
October, 1995. The Courage To Be: Creative Visions of the Disabled, REACH Organization, and Ottawa.
Fall 1995, Palliative and Geriatrics Course, lecture on family care, Seneca College, Toronto.
Spring 1991-1996, Death and Dying Symposium. Various Lectures. Humber College
Fall 1994, Palliative Medicine Course, Seneca College, Toronto.
Spring 1994, lecture, Developmental History of Grief and Bereavement Theory and Its Impact on Hospice Palliative Care
Spring 1994, Care for the Caregiver, Strategies for Coping When All Your Patients Are Dying ( national distance education).
Fall 1993, Critical Analysis of History of Grief and Bereavement Theory.
Fall 1991, Palliative Care, Geriatrics Course , Seneca College.
Fall 1990, Day long seminar on Palliative Medicine for Department of Social Work
Fall 1990, First Annual Breast Cancer Conference, Toronto. La Soeur a Mon Coeur Strategies of Helping-Professionals and Consumers Speak Out
Baby Geena : A Case Study in Pediatric Palliative Care, National Association of Perinatal Social Workers , Autumn, 1998.
The Life Work of Dr Elisabeth Kubler-Ross and Its impact on The Death Awareness Movement, Mellen Press, 2000.
Prescription Leadership: The Nine Practical Skills Needed for Health Professionals to Thrive in the 21st Century , Resources Supporting family and Community Legacies Inc., 2000.
Suffering That Lends Itself to Creativity, REACH Conference, Ottawa, Ontario, November, 1995.
Palliative Medicine: A case based manual , edited by Neil MacDonald, Doreen Oneschuk and Neil Hagen. Oxford Press, 2005. I co-authored a chapter on grief.
Mindfulness Meditation at End of Life, Michele Chaban MSW, RSW, PhD and Stanley Klein, MSW RSW, (Publication Pending)
The Life Work of Dr Elisabeth Kubler-Ross On The Anniversary of Her Death , (Publication Pending) .
h)Tapes (Only the Highlights)
CBC Radio, 3 part series, Ideas about Healing
Suffering: A Clinical Approach to Care-Humber 1996
Working with Suffering- Humber 1997
La Soeur a Mon Coeur Quality of Life Conference On Breast Conference
CBC Radio, 3 part series, Ideas about Healing
Fall 2000, Vision Television, Skylight, A Profile of Palliative Care.
Fall 1998, WTV Jane Haw ton Live, The Life Works of Dr Elisabeth Kubler-Ross Last Night-A Commentary on Don Keller's Film
September 1998, Elm Street magazine, Dead Wrong Article on my thesis of EKR.
Fall 1997 Sleeping Giant Production /TV A Personal Understanding of Death ( 10 part TV Series on issues associated with dying and death), consultant and interviewee.
April 1997, CBC interviews am broadcasts Halifax, Fredericton, Thunder Bay, Edmonton, Yellowknife. On Dying and Death.
Spring 1997, National Post, commentary on EKR.
j) Future Plans
-Further develop individual and family intervention theory in end of life care.
-Educational development for persons who are dying, family members and Inter- professionals. Education models with strong emphasis on the phenomenologies each system/ discipline is perceptually grounded in, the understanding of these perceptions, mores, ethics and practices and then the knowledge and skill set needed to communicate need for information, consultation and collaboration as a person, an IP team member, team, program in order to deliver care and to function as a IP program.
-Advocate locally, nationally and internationally for EOL care as a human rights issue for person's who are dying and for families.
Advocate for wellness based conditions of practice in EOL care for IP caregivers.
-Representation of the values, beliefs and practices of social work as a profession in Health Sciences for the purposes of academic education.
-Other projects as requested.