Certified End of Life Specialist Online Course (CEOLS)
This online video-based, certificate program is designed to give you practical application of end-of-life care skills, and a working knowledge of the issues surrounding death, dying, grief and loss. Taking an experiential, media-rich approach, the coursework includes video training, experiential exercises, films, meditations, graphics, music, industry leader interviews, handouts, supportive resource materials and more.
This course is appropriate for personal or professional caregivers or healthcare staff wishing to enhance skills and credentials. It is also valuable for the following roles and disciplines (as either entry level training or continuing education): Nurses, Nursing Assistants (CNAs/HHAs), LPNs, LVNs, Medical/Pharmacy Students, Social Work/Humanities/Gerontology/ Psychology Students, Physical/Occupational/Speech Therapists, Clergy/Chaplaincy, Thanatologists, Mental Health Professionals, Grief Counselors, Massage and Alternative Healing Therapists, Life Coaches and End-of Life Coaches or Guides, End-of-Life Doulas. Students who wish to pursue work or volunteer opportunities with an aging or senior population will find that this course provides foundational level skills that are needed for approaching the medical, healthcare, hospice, end of life, palliative care or senior markets.
This training meets and exceeds Medicare and the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization's (NHPCO) recommendations for hospice volunteering, granting the CEOLS certificate and designation if used in that capacity. This immersive study 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. The student is offered the opportunity through this course to reframe the experience of death and dying from one of fear, sadness, and overwhelm to meaning, connection and a potential for emotional healing. This course helps the student cultivate a high level of compassion and empathy, and eliminate factors that might stand in the way of delivering high quality care and companionship in whatever capacity they choose to serve.
You will understand what constitutes a “good death”, or “what is meant by dying well”. You will be better equipped to support an individual facing their own death, and become a more solid, grounded caregiver to their own families and loved ones. Taking this course prepares you to 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 can bring a powerful life and death changing experience to others. In this way you get to advocate for the way quality end-of-life care is delivered in their communities.
The course consists of 10 modules and there are no prerequisites.
Students may register for this course at any time but must complete the course within the alloted time.
For more information on course and modules, please visit bucks.edu/endoflife
Any questions about this course, you can email firstname.lastname@example.org