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Twilight Conversations

August 25 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Twilight Conversations:

How Talking About Death Enriches Our Lives


Sherry Angel and
Michael Shiffman, Ph.D.


August 25, 2018
10:00 am – 5:00 pm


$195 full/$165 early tuition (Before July 27, 2018)
30% off for pre-licensed students in clinical training.
Use the coupon “student30”

Please note:  This workshop is held in a private home in Encino and lunch is included.

The subject of death remains largely taboo in our culture. A national survey showed that less than 30 percent of Americans have had conversations with their loved ones about their end-of-life wishes.  Yet, a growing number of Americans are reaching the stage of life when we must face the decline and death of elderly loved ones while feeling increasingly vulnerable to aging and illness ourselves.

These tangible signs of mortality open us up to the richness of life that becomes accessible when we are willing to explore within ourselves and venture into delicate, often difficult discussions about end-of-life issues with our closest relatives and friends. This is a path to deeper relationships as well as a way to take command of the quality of life we want to have at the end of life. Too many of us defer these sensitive conversations until it is too late.  We hope you will join us in a dialogue that may open the door to your reflections and intimate conversations with your loved ones – and greatly enrich your life.

In this workshop, we will explore factors that facilitate and hinder engaging end-of-life conversations.  This will lead us to share our experiences and talk about the fears and challenges that get in the way.  We will explore our personal experiences as the means through which we can become increasingly available for our clients.

This workshop will be combine didactics, self-exploration and experiential exercises to increase participants capacity to support clients during end-of-life experiences.
At the end of the workshop students will be able to:
  1. Identify three key elements that co-create the quality of end-of-life conversations;
  2. Identify personal issues that hinder effective clinical interventions with clients;
  3. Describe three ways to support client communications with intimate relationships at the end-of-life;
  4. Describe three effective interventions to support clients at their end-of-life.

Sherry Angel is a writer and communications specialist with extensive experience in journalism and strategic corporate communications. Early in her career, she was an editor and columnist at the Los Angeles Times and published articles in such national magazines as Redbook and Family Circle. As a communications consultant for the past 15 years, she has worked for Cedars-Sinai, Union Bank and The Irvine Company as well as major universities including UCLA and UC Irvine.

Sherry served on the Cedars-Sinai End of Life Committee and wrote the Advance Healthcare Directive booklet that was distributed to patients throughout Los Angeles to help them make healthcare choices for the future and initiate conversations with loved ones and physicians about end-of-life issues.  She has written extensively in the area of healthcare and healthcare research, including major Cedars-Sinai reports on institutional quality improvement, technology transfer, and the cancer and heart institutes.

From 1997 to 2002, Sherry held leadership positions at the University of California, Irvine, developing and implementing media strategies and initiatives as Director of Media Relations for the campus and creating marketing, website and media materials as Director of Communications for the Graduate School of Management. Her publications experience includes ghostwriting a memoir and serving as assistant editor of features and special projects at the Los Angeles Times, editor and associate publisher of Health & Care magazine, associate editor of Orange County Business Week, and editor of the Toastmasters International magazine. She has also taught journalism at UC Irvine, CSU Fullerton and Fullerton College.

Sherry has a bachelor’s degree in communications from Cal State Fullerton and has received numerous writing awards from a variety of professional organizations, including Sigma Delta Chi, the William Randolph Hearst Foundation, the International Association of Business Communicators, PRSA, the Business Marketing Association and the Orange County Press Club.  She currently works as a freelance writer in Los Angeles and can be contacted at sa@sherryangel.com.

Michael Shiffman, Ph.D., is a relational body therapist at the Insight Center in West Los Angeles.  He founded LA Dharma in 1999 and co-founded the Insight Center in 2006. Michael has studied with numerous Western Buddhist teachers and currently studies with Rev. Hye Wol Sunim. He has been meditating since 1994 and teaching mindfulness and insight meditation since 2002.

Michael is a certified practitioner of the NeuroAffective Relational Model (NARM) and a Somatic Experiencing Practitioner with substantial training in the use of touch for nervous system regulation and the repair of attachment ruptures.  He is trained in EMDR and is training in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT).

Michael has an extensive background working with anxiety, panic, traumatic stress, substance abuse and recovery, relapse prevention, and somatic oriented therapeutic practices. He teaches meditation and somatic therapy.  Michael has a private practice in Encino and West Los Angeles.  You can find more details on his website at https://michaelshiffman.com

Continuing Education:

Purchase CE Certificate

Continuing Education Units are available. A CE certificate is issued for each module for a $20 charge per module. Instructions for purchasing CE certificates will be emailed once registration is completed and certificates are issued after the module is completed.

Psychologists: The Insight Center is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Insight Center maintains responsibility for this program and its content. This course is provides 6 CE units.

MFTs / LCSWs / LPCCs:  The California Board of Behavioral Sciences accepts APA CEs. This course provides 6 CE units.

Nurses: The Insight Center, Provider Number 14914, is an approved provider by the California Board of Registered Nursing. This course provides 6 CE units.


August 25
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Private Home in Encino
Encino,CA91436United States
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Michael Shiffman, Ph.D.