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.
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 have also completed the 8-week Critical Palliative Care Skills for Social
Workers course, also through the Institute for Palliative Care.
I frequently provide workshops and keynote
presentations at state and national conferences known to be both motivating and challenging. My commitment to a focus
on skill 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 hospitals, hospice and
palliative care programs and businesses nationally.
Gary Gardia, MEd, MSW, LCSW