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Training and Education

Palliative Care Leadership Centers™ Training and Mentoring (PCLC)

PCLC provides customized, operational training and yearlong mentoring for both start-up and established palliative care programs.
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CAPC Campus Online™ Palliative Care Courses – Training On Demand

Earn CME and CE credits – anywhere, anytime! CAPC Campus Online ™ is the e-learning space where you′ll find courses covering all the structural, operational and financial essentials of palliative care program development and sustainability.
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CAPC National Seminar

The CAPC National Seminar is designed with in-depth content and rich networking opportunities. Join us November 7—9, 2013, at the Intercontinental in Dallas, Texas.
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Other Training and Education In Palliative Care

HPCANYS Interdisciplinary Pediatric Palliative Care (HIPPC) Faculty Training

HPCANYS is seeking palliative care professionals in NY State who are established in their field with a desire to achieve a higher level in the practice of pediatric palliative care and to engage in the development of a statewide professional support network.

With support from the NYS Health Foundation, HPCANYS has developed a 2-year project to 'Expand Access to Pediatric Palliative Care' We are looking to build qualified interdisciplinary training teams capable of delivering HIPPC trainings in their own geographical regions, communities or institutions. We are currently accepting applications from professionals interested in becoming members of our training team. This is a 3-day training; all applicants must commit to participating on all three days. The total cost of the training including breakfast & lunch, materials and technical assistance package is $349.

Dates & locations for 2014 HIPPC Faculty Trainings:
June 04-06, 2014 in Long Island, NY
September 17-19, 2014 in Rochester, NY

We are currently accepting applications from professionals interested in becoming members of our training team. Individuals from any discipline interested in becoming a HIPPC Faculty Trainer may complete this application.

Hospice & Palliative Care Practice Review Course

The Center for Hospice, Palliative Care, and End-of-Life Studies is offering a Hospice & Palliative Care Practice Review Course for Physicians on Saturday, September 8th and Sunday, September 9th, 2012 at the Westin Harbour Island, Tampa, FL.

The Center for Hospice, Palliative Care & End-of-Life Studies at USF unites a major research university with community providers of hospice and palliative care.

Target: Physicians interested in getting certified or recertified in Palliative Medicine

Description: Provide a two-day review course providing participants an overview of current hospice and palliative care practice content so they may assess their knowledge base and develop a plan for study prior to taking the certification exam.

For more information, visit:

Contact: Lourdes Rodriguez (813) 974-2460 or e mail:

Palliative Care Immersion Course

This course is designed for physicians and midlevel providers who want to enhance their clinical skills as well as improve the design/efficiency of their palliative care program. Please visit our website at or contact us at

American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine (AAHPM) & Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association (HPNA) Annual Assembly

The AAHPM and HPNA Annual Assembly is designed for physicians, nurses, and other healthcare providers interested in acquiring, maintaining, or expanding the skills needed to care for patients with terminal illnesses. As leaders in promoting excellence in hospice and palliative care, AAHPM and HPNA combine their expertise to advance the field, thus meeting the joint goal of improving the quality of life for patients and families facing serious or life-threatening conditions through education.

American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN) Self-Assessment in Palliative and End-of-Life Care

Developed by the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses, this is available for free on the AACN Web site and is accompanied by a resource document that provides information on a broad range of palliative care topics.

AAHPM Clinical Scholars Program

This clinical training and mentoring program is designed for licensed physicians (mid-career) with or without current HPM certification who spend, or plan to spend, a significant portion of their professional time in hospice and palliative medicine clinical work.

American Medical Directors Association (AMDA) - Palliative Care Curriculum Teaching Kit

The AMDA offers a Curriculum on Palliative Care in Long Term Care, an in-depth course that addresses pain and symptom management, as well as other end-of-life care issues. The program contents are designed to assist physicians, the interdisciplinary care team, and long-term care facilities to ensure greater comfort and less distress for patients at the end of life. It is offered in two modules; topics may be offered individually or in half-day sessions by module.

American Psychological Association (APA)

The American Psychological Association is a scientific and professional organization that represents psychology in the United States. In addition to advancing the creation, communication and application of psychological knowledge to benefit society and lives as a whole, the APA also offers internet-based education on end-of-life issues for mental health care providers. For information and registration, see

Can We Measure Good Chaplaincy?

From The Hastings Center Report, November 2008.

Critical Care Communication (C3)

This three-day program uses actors simulating ICU families in small group sessions with faculty supervision and feedback. It has been piloted with pulmonary/critical care and critical care fellows at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. These are the educational modules provided to participants in the C3 program.

Communication Teaching Modules for the End-of-Life Educator (Weissman DE and Biernat K).

This six part educational curriculum includes educational objectives, role plays, learner handouts, Power Point slides (provided on disk), a videotape and evaluation instruments to assist the instructor in teaching about communication issues in palliative care. The sections include: Breaking Bad News, Setting treatment Goals, Conducting a Family Conference, DNR Orders, Referral to Hospice and Spiritual Issues.

Compassionate Care in the ICU

A 20-minute video for health care professionals and a 30-minute video for patients and families featuring interviews with experts in ICU palliative care.
Contact: Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM) (847) 827-6888

Continuing Education Curriculum for Hospice and Palliative Medicine Physicians (AAHPM)

A resource for physicians seeking comprehensive education in hospice and palliative medicine. This staged approach highlights introductory and ongoing education available through AAHPM and other organizations.

Contemplative End of Life Care: A Certificate Program for Health Care Professionals

A comprehensive training in end-of-life care that brings together the ancient wisdom of the Buddhist tradition as presented in Sogyal Rinpoche's The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying with the knowledge, skills and best practices of hospice and palliative care - presented by Rigpa's Spiritual Care Program and Naropa University's School of Extended Studies. Certificates are earned after a comprehensive three-day training program.

Education and Training Curriculum for Pediatric Palliative Care: Children's International Project on Palliative/Hospice Services (ChiPPS)

A core curriculum that can be used to design, develop, and implement individualized educational and training programs. Its contents are designed to be relevant to the needs of many, varied populations of health care professionals and others who work with or wish to work with children or adolescents who are diagnosed as having, living with, or dying from a life-threatening condition.

Education for Physicians on End-of-Life Care (EPEC)

The Education on Palliative and End-of-Life Care (EPEC) Project educates professionals through several venues including conferences, online learning, and specialized training. The EPEC Curriculum combines didactic sessions, videotape presentations, interactive discussions, and practical exercises. It teaches fundamental palliative care skills in comprehensive assessment, symptom management, communication, ethical decision-making, and psychosocial aspects of care, and includes appendices on areas such as drug choices and mechanisms for reimbursement for services. Multiple modules in the EPEC curriculum are relevant for ICU palliative care and available online with CME credit. The EPEC Project also offers train-the-trainer conferences.

Educational videos on communication skills from the Stanford Cancer Education Palliative Education Network (CancerPEN)

CancerPEN, part of the eCampus of Stanford University School of Medicine, provides educational videos about topics of relevance beyond care of cancer patients, including communication skills training (modules on Giving Bad News, Setting Goals of Care, Managing Family in Conflict, and others). It is free of charge for clinicians in the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

End-of-Life Care Programs, The George Washington University

The programs were developed to provide insights, best practices and expertise in three broad areas of study: grief and bereavement, the business of dying and spiritual care. In addition, students in the programs are given the freedom to choose from an array of elective courses to meet their individual and professional needs

EPEC Online Learning

EPEC Online Learning is a project of the Education in Palliative and End of Life Care (EPEC) Project at the Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University and is sponsored by the office of Continuing Medical Education at the Feinberg School of Medicine. The target audience is physicians and other health care professionals who are engaged in palliative care education and clinical practice.

End-of-Life/Palliative Education Resource Center (EPERC)

The End-of-Life/ Palliative Education Resource Center is intended to support individuals involved in the design, implementation, and/or evaluation of EOL/Palliative education for medical students, residents, practicing physicians, and other health care professionals. Their website has been designed for use by professionals who are (or will be) involved in providing EOL instruction to health care professionals in training.

End-of-Life Care Practitioner Program

The innovative End-of-Life Care Practitioner Program utilizes experiential learning to develop the psychosocial and spiritual dimensions of care. Participants commute to the San Francisco Bay Area for six residential sessions offered over a nine-month period. Pragmatic application of the course is supported by regular phone mentoring with faculty and fieldwork in the participant’s local community. For more information visit: or call 415-331-9600.

End-of-Life Nursing Education Consortium (ELNEC)

The End-of-Life Nursing Education Consortium (ELNEC) project is a comprehensive, national education program to improve end-of-life care by nurses. ELNEC is a consortium of many organizations that are represented on the ELNEC Advisory Board and insures that the ELNEC project brings together leading nursing groups and perspectives to form a collaborative approach to improve end-of-life education and care. Courses are designed to prepare educators to disseminate this important subject matter into nursing schools and health care agencies.

End-of-Life Nursing Education Consortium (ELNEC)–Critical Care

A train-the-trainer program, held once or twice annually at a specific location, covering eight curriculum modules. Participants receive up-to-date resources for teaching at their home institutions.

End-of-Life Online Curriculum

This curriculum, funded in part by NIH, the Dept of Veterans Affairs and Stanford University School of Medicine, has nine stand alone modules. Each module is designed to provide at least one hour of instruction. The curriculum also has a list of resources and references designed to provide many hours of further self directed learning.

Fast Facts and Concepts

One page quanta of key clinical information, ideal for brief educational encounters, self study or handouts.

Fast Facts-from the End-of-Life/Palliative Education Resource Center (EPERC)

EPERC shares educational resource material among professional educators in palliative care including Fast Facts and Concepts—concise, practical, peer-reviewed and evidence-based summaries on key topics for clinicians and trainees. A summary of Fast Facts topics of particular relevance for critical care professionals is provided here.

Harvard Medical School Center for Palliative Care Palliative Care Education and Practice (PCEP)

The program offers intensive learning experiences for physician and nurse educators who wish to become experts in the clinical practice and teaching of comprehensive, interdisciplinary palliative care, as well as gain expertise in leading and managing improvements in palliative care education and practice at their own institutions.

Hospice and Palliative Nursing Association (HPNA)

HPNA publications, teleconferences, E-Learning webinars and journals, and self-assessment tools are available for the Generalist Nurses, LPNs and Nursing Assistants.


Self-study and assessment tools for physicians in hospice and palliative medicine.

HPNA E-Learning Courses

The online programs allows for access to up-to-date, convenient, self-paced learning with real-time test grading and printing of your CE certificate. Continuing nursing education contact hours are awarded.

HPNA Graduate Program Listing

The HPNA Graduate Program Listing is a detailed listing of hospice and palliative master’s education programs.

HPNA Advanced Practice Nurse Mentoring Program

The HPNA Advanced Practice Mentoring Program is a year-long mentoring program focused on developing the role of the palliative care APN.

Integrating Palliative and Critical Care (IPACC) Video

Educational video based on a research study by the University of Washington End-of-Life Care Research Group, sponsored by the National Institute of Nursing Research, that tested an intervention to Integrate Palliative and Critical Care (IPACC).

JAMAevidence: Care at the Close of Life: Evidence and Experience

The Care at the Close of Life textbook is now joined by a new educational resource at JAMAevidence. Each chapter of the book is accompanied by a PowerPoint Education Guide which closely follows the chapter, including the patient case and relevant references. These slide sets are available at

National Board for Certification of Hospice and Palliative Nurses (NBCHPN®) Certification Preparation

Resources to help nurses prepare for taking the certification examination prepared by The National Board for Certification of Hospice and Palliative Nurses (NBCHPN®).

National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO) Educational Resources

NHPCO provides extensive educational offerings including audio-web seminars, on-line courses, conferences, and continuing education programs.

Northwest AIDS Education and Training Center

The Northwest AIDS Education and Training Center (Northwest AETC), located at the University of Washington's Center for Health Education and Research, offers continuing education on HIV treatment to doctors, nurses, nurse practitioners, physician's assistants, dental professionals, and clinical pharmacists in a 5-state region: Alaska, Washington, Oregon, Idaho, and Montana. Northwest AETC offers regional training, clinical consultation, and preceptorships throughout the Northwest region.

NHPCO Hospice Manager Development Program (MDP)

NHPCO’s Hospice MDP is the only comprehensive management training program available that provides hospice-specific information and helps managers develop the skills they need to meet the challenges and changes they face in managing programs, systems and people.

EPERC: Palliative Care self-study CME Course

EPERC has developed a self-study CME course containing 15 key topics in palliative care. The course is divided into four modules: End of Life Care, Pain, Other Symptoms, and Communication.

Palliative Care for People with HIV/AIDS

The curriculum includes six modules: Overview, Advance Care Planning, Communication, Culture and Ethnicity, Psychosocial, Psychological, & Spiritual Issues, and Pain and Symptom Management. Each module provides PowerPoint presentations with speaker notes and facilitator training tips.

Stop Resource Center

The Resource Center for Pain Medicine and Palliative Care at Beth Israel Medical Center serves as a clearinghouse for educational materials and as a nucleus of scholarship for physicians, nurses, pharmacists, psychosocial professionals, and patients and family caregivers. The educational section of this website provides information on fellowships, observerships, and courses developed for professionals and patients to assist in the advancement and understanding of pain medicine and palliative care.

Spiritual Care at the End of Life

Curriculum in spiritual care for palliative care professionals is available for downloading from Growth House without charge.