Programs for Transplant Professionals

Gift of Life Howie's House is approved by the Pennsylvania State Board of Social Workers, Marriage, and Family Therapists and Professional Counselors to offer continuing education for social workers, marriage and family therapists, and professional counselors. The Gift of Life Howie's House maintains the responsibility of this program.


We offer various programs throughout the year, please check back for upcoming programs.

CEU Program: Micro-Traumas in the Course of Illness and Transplant: Integrating The Narrative of Loss

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While trauma is widely recognized with violent death and tragic incidents, the diagnoses, medical procedures and hospitalizations experienced by patients and families in the course of chronic and life-threatening illness can similarly trigger posttraumatic distress that is complicated by a gamut of challenging emotions, ranging from anxiety and helplessness to anger and incomprehension. In such cases, helping professionals need to adopt a carefully tailored approach that recognizes the role of trauma in impeding clients’ integration of their often jarring experiences over the course of the illness journey.

Learning outcomes:
• Define trauma from an illness perspective and related concepts, such as window of tolerance and shattered assumptive world
• Implement restorative retelling procedures for mastering the event story of illness and loss
• Identify markers for the use of narrative retelling of an event story of loss, and guidelines for avoiding re-traumatization.

Program sponsored by American Society for Transplantation
This program is Approved by the National Association of Social Workers (Approval #886593858-8932) for 2 continuing education contact hours.

The following states do not accept National CE Approval Programs:
New Jersey
New York
West Virginia

CEU Program: Kidney Transplant Education for Dialysis Social Workers

This 3-part program will help dialysis social workers achieve an enhanced understanding of the kidney transplant process allowing them to be more equipped in educating dialysis patients on the transplant process, confidently refer patients for transplant evaluations, and better support their patients’ psychosocial needs as they navigate the transplant process.

Introduction to Kidney Transplantation & Organ Donation and Allocation
Wednesday 4/24/2024 – 11am-1pm EDT

Psychosocial Barriers to Kidney Transplant Listing and Post-Transplant Recovery
Wednesday 5/15/2024 – 11am-1pm EDT

Dialysis Social Workers in Action: Supporting Listing, Building Transplant Center Relationships & Utilizing Health Literary to Support Patient Education
Thursday 6/13/2024 – 11am-1pm EDT

CLICK HERE for the program brochure with speaker information and learning objectives


This program is brought to you by the Gift of Life Institute and Gift of Life Caregiver Lifeline Program.
This program is Approved by the National Association of Social Workers (Approval # 886593858-2741) for 6 continuing education contact hours.

You must attend all three sessions to receive CEUs and you must remain logged into the presentations for the entirety of the sessions.

The following states do not accept National CE Approval Programs:
New Jersey
New York
West Virginia

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