Over 30 years ago, I began my hospice career as a volunteer. Since then I have worked
in many capacities leading a variety of teams and departments including volunteers, social workers, bereavement, and education. I
hold Master degrees in Education and Social Work. I feel honored to have received
the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization’s (NHPCO) “Heart of Hospice Award” for developing
innovative programs to meet the needs of caregivers and the bereaved. I have also worked as a psychotherapist in private practice
with a specialty in grief and loss, personal growth and development and substance abuse.
For 7 years I
served in leadership positions with NHPCO including the national section leader for Volunteers and Volunteer Managers as well
as the section leader for Social Workers. I was instrumental in the creation and evolution of NHPCO’s Manager Development
Program; a comprehensive education series for managers working in end-of-life care. My most recent endeavor has been
as co-creator and faculty in the 2-day intensive program Leadership in Everyday Life: Confronting the Ego and Managing
the Mind developed to assist people in all areas of life to maximize their potential.
I have recently
authored and now teach the 8-month all online Post MSW Certificate in Palliative Care program offered through
the Institute for Palliative Care which is housed and sponsored by the California State University at San Marcos. I am currently
writing and will teach an 8-week Critical Palliative Care Skills for Social Workers course, also through the Institute
for palliuative Care scheduled mto begin September/2014.
I frequently provide workshops and keynote presentations at state and national conferences known to be both
motivating and challenging. My commitment to focus on skills development, coaching for noticeable and positive change and
defining/delivering exceptional customer service has provided me with countless opportunites to provide trainings and
retreats for staff and volunteers of hospital and hospice programs nationally.
Gary Gardia, MEd, MSW, LCSW