Friday, July 24, 2015
1-2 PM Eastern Time
Bereavement and Complex Adaptive Processes
Guests: Simcha Raphael and Jeff Cohn
Understanding complex adaptive processes can help individuals face the difficult emotions of bereavement and the often unexpected changes brought about by loss as they try to fulfill the demands of their lives.
REB SIMCHA PAULL RAPHAEL, PhD, is Founding Director of the DA’AT Institute for Death Awareness, Advocacy and Training. He received his doctorate in psychology from the California Institute of Integral Studies and was ordained as a Rabbinic Pastor by Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi. He is Adjunct Professor in Religion at Temple University and LaSalle University, works as a psychotherapist and spiritual director, affiliated with Mt. Airy Counseling Center in Philadelphia, and is a fellow of the Rabbis Without Borders Network. He has written extensively on death and afterlife and is author of the groundbreaking Jewish Views of the Afterlife.
Jeff Cohn, MD, MHCM, is the President of Plexus Institute, a non-profit organization whose mission is to foster the health of individuals, families, and communities by helping people use concepts emerging from the science of complexity. Prior to assuming the Plexus presidency, Dr. Cohn was the Chief Quality Officer and Patient Safety Officer for Einstein Healthcare Network in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. While at Einstein, Dr. Cohn led an initiative to reduce patient infection rates and worked closely with Plexus to use liberating structures and positive deviance to transform the Network’s approach to addressing patient safety. These techniques were instrumental in the success of the project, which resulted in sustainable 75% decrease in Network infection rates and vastly improved expenses. This experience led to Dr. Cohn’s involvement on the Plexus Board of Directors, in 2011 becoming the Institute’s Chairman, and in June 2012 becoming the Institute’s President.
Dr. Cohn graduated from Jefferson Medical College and received a Masters in Healthcare Management from the Harvard School of Public Health. He currently teaches in Jefferson’s School of Population Health. He speaks frequently on how to create the conditions for the social/cultural improvement work necessary for our most complex and intractable healthcare challenges.