Psych media discussion group hosted by CalPsychiatry about the end-of-life documentary Last Flight Home

Psych Media Discussion Group – Last Flight Home with expert discussants: Anne Coscarelli, PhD, Thomas Pier, LCSW and Beatrice Rabkin, MD

Please join us for the January CalPsychiatry Psych Media Discussion Group. Expert discussants Anne Coscarelli, PhD, Thomas Pier, LCSW and Beatrice Rabkin, MD (all specialists in psycho-oncology) will be joining us to discuss the end-of-life documentary, Last Flight Home.

About our guests:
Anne Coscarelli, PhD
Dr. Coscarelli is a licensed psychologist in California who served on the UCLA faculty from 1980 to 2018 and is currently an Adjunct Professor of Medicine Emeritus at UCLA in the Department of Hematology/Oncology. Her 43 years of her professional career has been in the interface of psychology and oncology including research, teaching and clinical care. She was Founding Director of the UCLA Center for Integrative Oncology for 25 years where she was also a primary developer of UCLA’s policy, practices, and patient care related to the California End of Life Option Act since its inception in 2016. She received the Outstanding Clinical Care Award from American Psychosocial Oncology Society, the only multi-disciplinary National Society dedicated to Psycho-Oncology. She is currently in private practice devoted to patients and families touched by cancer at all phases of the disease.

Thomas Pier, LCSW
Thomas Pier is a licensed clinical social worker with 25 years of experience in psychosocial oncology, care of the dying, and psychotherapy in life transitions, loss and grief. He has a Los Angeles-based private practice providing video therapy throughout California; works as an ovarian cancer counselor with Steps Through OC which offers nationwide online support to ovarian cancer survivors and caregivers; facilitates support groups for Cancer Support Community Los Angeles; and teaches clinical practice at USC’s School of Social Work. Tom understands how overwhelming grief can be and believes grief is natural, normal and healthy after significant loss. With skillful guidance, everyone can move through grief, manage difficult emotions, grow through challenge and find insight and renewal to return to living life fully again.

Beatrice Rabkin, MD
Dr. Rabkin is a board-certified psychiatrist with a bachelor’s degree in biochemistry and cell biology from Rice University, and an MD from Baylor College of Medicine. She completed her psychiatry residency training at the University of Southern California, where her training included women’s mental health, mood and anxiety disorders, cognitive behavior therapy, psychodynamic psychotherapy, and psychiatric consultation for medically ill persons with mental health needs. Dr. Rabkin is also board certified in consult liaison psychiatry.

*This event is open to mental health professionals.


Jan 23 2024


7:30 pm - 8:30 pm

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