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College of Embalming, Restorative Art & Other Care

      
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College of Embalming, Restorative Art & Other Care
Dean Dr. Joseph Marsaglia

Embalmers play one of the most important roles in the profession, having to prepare the deceased for final viewing by their loved ones and possibly preparing remains for shipping, cremation or organ donation. Learn how to accomplish all of this with panache, make the prep room the best it can be and how to do all of this safely and efficiently.

 

Friday, July 18

2 - 4:30 p.m.
Registration and Check-in

4:30 - 5 p.m.
Orientation

5 - 6 p.m.
University Reception

6 p.m.
University Dinner


Saturday, July 19

8 - 8:45 a.m.
Breakfast

8:45 - 9 a.m.
Introductions
Dr. Joseph Marsaglia

9 - 10:30 a.m.
The History of Embalming From the American Civil War to the Psychology of Embalming Today
Todd Van Beck, CFuE
This segment reaffirms the unique value of the professional embalmer in our contemporary society as it chronicles the history and the psychological relevance for the art of embalming and restoration. It is the perfect beginning for this comprehensive curriculum.

10:30 - 11 a.m.
Break

11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Contemporary Mortuary Education: What Can an Employer Expect?
Dr. Joseph Marsaglia
Trends show that most mortuary science students have no experience in the profession and most students are female. This session will address topics regarding these trends, including
:

  • what is your pregnancy policy for prep room work?
  • job statistics on retention and future staffing
  • expectations from the viewpoint of both the graduate and the employer

12:30 - 1:30 p.m.
Lunch

1:30 - 3 p.m.
Pre-Cremation Prep: Preparing the Unembalmed Remains for Viewing
Todd Eckert
From first call to placement of the deceased into the cremation unit, this course details the policies and procedures of two unrelated firms, each with cremation rates in excess of 40 percent, including practices that can achieve exceptional appearance without embalming, reposing beds for the last good-bye and positive identification. Retrieval, processing, packaging and returning cremated remains will also be addressed.

3 - 3:30 p.m.
Break

3:30 - 5 p.m.
Embalming Liability: Is Anyone Really Getting Sued?
Poul Lemasters, Esq.
If you thought cremation carried all the liability, you are mistaken. This lecture will review a broad range of areas of concern and provide rational guidelines for avoiding liability. From best practices to incorporate into your standard operating procedure such as a policy addressing pregnancy and the prep room, professor Lemasters identifies areas of risk and what to do to minimize your exposure.

5 p.m.
Dinner

7 - 9 p.m.
Annual Sports Tournament
Join your ICCFAU colleagues for a friendly game of volleyball.

 

Sunday, July 20

8 - 9 a.m.
Breakfast

9 - 10:30 a.m.
The All Important First Viewing
Ken Whittaker
(sponsored in part by Pierce Chemicals)
One of the most important times for anyone who has lost a loved one is the experience of seeing the deceased for the first time. Learn to take control of the many things that affect the experience, from the setting and location to who may be present in support of those in grief to how best to respond to questions and change requests, especially under difficult circumstances.

10:30 - 11 a.m.
Break

11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Mentoring to a Worthy Apprentice
Ken Whittaker
(sponsored in part by Pierce Chemicals)
It is imperative for those responsible for overseeing the training of anyone entering into an apprenticeship or internship to realize the seriousness of this training and how critical it can be when leading to the licensing of funeral directors and embalmers. This course will provide an in-depth look at the training that should be involved in the development of quality professionals.

12:30 - 1:30 p.m.
Lunch

1:30 - 3 p.m.
A Variety of Ways to Embalm the Infant Case
Ken Whittaker
(sponsored in part by Pierce Chemicals)
Under what is certainly one of the saddest experiences in a family’s life, an embalmer may find his or her confidence challenged as to how best to prepare an infant case. This curriculum will provide embalmers with a variety of options for embalming the fetus or stillborn and choices that may strengthen his or her confidence in their abilities.

3 - 3:30 p.m.
Break

3:30 - 5 p.m.
What's New That Can Get You Sued?: An Update on the Funeral Profession and Liabilities
Poul Lemasters, Esq.
(sponsored by Lemasters Consulting)
With new methods of disposition, the advent of social media, new laws and regulations, it is critical for embalmers and funeral directors to know the specific changes that have resulted in new risks of liability and what proactive procedures can minimize their risk and liability.

5 p.m.
Dinner

 

Monday, July 21

8 - 9 a.m.
Breakfast

9 - 10:30 a.m.
Investigative & Mass Fatality Response
Vernie Fountain, CFSP
(sponsored by Service Corporation International)
It has never been more relevant for embalmers and funeral directors to have a basic understanding of mass fatality disaster management. Vernie Fountain has 25 years of experience conducting training for embalmers, funeral directors and related disciplines. He owns and operates Fountain Embalming Services, the Fountain National Academy of Professional Embalming Skills and Forensic Investigative Resources of the Midwest (FIRM), a licensed and insured private detective agency specializing in death investigations and exhumations.

10:30 - 11 a.m.
Break

11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Investigative & Mass Fatality Response (cont'd)

12:30 - 1:30 p.m.
Lunch

1:30 - 3 p.m.
Investigative & Mass Fatality Response (cont'd)

3 - 3:30 p.m.
Break

3:30 - 5 p.m.
How and Why to Become a TSA Certified Cargo Screening Facility
Jeff Van Calligan
The Transportation Security Administration Certified Cargo Screening Facility (CCSF) certification enables certified staff of a firm to transport remains directly to a scheduled flight without further airport screening, eliminating potential delays of hours or days for the client families. Jeff Van Calligan is a licensed funeral director who earned the U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security titles of principal facility coordinator and principal security coordinator. He was the first in his state
and among the first 10 funeral homes nationwide to be established as a CCSF.

6 p.m.
Dinner

7 p.m.
Cryptones concert

 

Tuesday, July 22

Class pictures will be taken on Tuesday

8 - 9 a.m.
Breakfast

9:00 - 10:30 a.m.
Reconstructive Surgery, Soft Tissue Injuries, Waxing and Airbrush Cosmetics
Vernie Fountain, CFSP
(sponsored by Service Corporation International)
From treating the most massively traumatized case imaginable to airbrushing cosmetics, this curriculum focuses on teaching highly-specialized embalming and postmortem reconstructive surgery techniques with the goal of being able to provide an open casket visitation.

10:30 - 11 a.m.
Break

11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Reconstructive Surgery, Soft Tissue Injuries, Waxing and Airbrush Cosmetics (cont'd)


12:30 - 1:30 p.m.
Lunch

1:30 - 3 p.m.
Reconstructive Surgery, Soft Tissue Injuries, Waxing and Airbrush Cosmetics (cont'd)

3 - 3:30 p.m.
Break

3:30 - 4:30 p.m.
The Perfect Prep Room!
Vernie Fountain, CFSP
(sponsored by Service Corporation International)

Join Vernie Fountain as he delves into the topics of design, operation and function. How much space should a prep room have? What should it look like? What should it contain in both equipment and operational supplies? Find out these things and more from an embalming veteran.

4:30 - 6 p.m.
Graduation/Reception for Students Completing Four Years

 

Wednesday, July 23

8 - 9 a.m.
Breakfast

9 - 10 a.m.
Q&A/Summary of Best Practices

10 a.m.
Diploma