Certified End of Life Specialist (CEOLS)
This video-based, online, inspiring course and certification is designed to give the student practical application of end-of-life care skills and a working knowledge base. The course is delivered in an experiential and media-rich, approach that includes video training, animation, experiential exercises, films, meditations, graphics, music, industry leader interviews, handouts, supportive materials and more. This course is appropriate for professional caregivers wishing to enhance skills and credentials, personal and family caregivers, volunteers, nurses, nurse aides, healing and massage therapists, social workers, physical therapists, clergy, mental health professionals, grief counselors, end-of life coaches/death “doulas”, or for those who desire preparation for employment opportunities in the healthcare, hospice, end of life, palliative care or senior markets. This training also meets and exceeds Medicare and National Hospice and Palliative Care Organizations recommendations for hospice volunteering, granting the CHVP certification if used in that capacity.
This 30 hour immersive course opens the conversation around the topic of death, dying, grief and loss, and explores the student’s own personal beliefs and fears in a gentle, yet profound way. This is an opportunity for the student to re-frame the experience of death and dying from one of fear, sadness, and overwhelm to one of huge meaning, connection and a potential for emotional healing. Preparing for living well and dying well is a valuable pursuit. This course helps the student cultivate a high level of compassion and empathy, and to eliminate factors that might stand in the way of delivering high quality care and companionship in whatever capacity they choose to serve.
The course consists of 10 modules: There are no perquisites:
Course Overview and Content, Using the System
Introduction to Hospice Philosophy, Benefits, Team Approach to Care
Personal Death Awareness, Exploring Beliefs and Fears, Advance Directives
End of Life Communication
Clinical Care at End of Life: Signs and Symptoms of Approaching Death, niversal Precautions, Pain and Symptom Management, What to do in the Event of Death in Various Settings, Debate over Physician Aid in Dying, Safety in the Home
Spiritual and Cultural Diversity in the Death Experience
Loss, Grief and Bereavement – Understanding Emotions of Coping and Healing. Supporting Others through Grief
Self Care: Managing Personal Stress and Avoiding Caregiver Burnout
Legacy: Last Words, Eulogies and Conversation with “Death"
Caregiver/Volunteer Roles, Patient Visit Etiquette, Ethics and Needs of the Dying
Prepare and understand what constitutes a “good death”, so that you can support not only a patient facing their own death, but families and loved ones, as well. By taking this course you can bring new resources to your community by volunteering or caregiving personally or professionally. When you learn and use communication skills for listening and speaking differently at the end of life, you bring powerful life and death changing experience to others. In this way you can become an advocate for championing the way quality end of life care is delivered.
Upon Request: Letter of Reference written from Teaching Transitions (Course Developer) and Course Instructor for Employment and/or Volunteering
Fall 2017: Register from Aug 23 to Dec 15, 2017. Course must be completed by December 15.
Spring 2018: Register from Jan 17 to May 25, 2018. Course must be completed by May 25.