Core Concepts in Palliative Care — Chaplains
Spiritual and existential distress is a common form of suffering for patients and families experiencing serious or life-limiting disease, and easing that suffering is a core tenant of palliative care. The work of chaplains or spiritual care advisors is vital, not only to patients and families, but to the entire palliative care team.
Core Concepts in Palliative Care — Chaplains provides chaplains with a comprehensive framework for palliative care best practices, as well as new skills, concepts and strategies to more effectively support and uplift others on the challenging journey through life-limiting disease.
Originally created in partnership with one of the largest healthcare organizations in the United States, this online course has been expanded and enhanced with additional content applicable across any health system. It’s perfect for individuals or teams interested in improving care for their most vulnerable patients and families.
This curriculum delivers new tools and resources including spiritual care assessments, interventions and ways to use prayer and meditation to alleviate suffering, while also exploring concepts like consent, meaning-making, dying, grief and self-care.
Core Concepts in Palliative Care — Chaplains offers 10 Continuing Education Hours that will enhance your practice and boost your effectiveness in supporting seriously ill patients. Studies show palliative care can improve patient outcomes, reduce hospital re-admissions, lead to more effective decision-making, and boost employee satisfaction and retention.
This course is part of the Core Concepts in Palliative Care series. Learn more.
What You’ll Learn
- Spiritual, existential dimensions of palliative care
- Attending to suffering
- Meaning-making, spiritual coping, and grief; cultural influences; families and groups
- The role of the chaplain in medical decision-making
- Religion, spirituality, and health: an integrated model
- Spiritual care interventions: the art of palliative care chaplaincy
- Models of spiritual care assessment and their use
- Ways to use prayer, meditation and ritual to alleviate spiritual and existential suffering
- Consent in the practice of chaplaincy
- Grief and emotional distress
- Self-care, chaplains as facilitators of resilience
What You’ll Earn
- Know the role and scope of the chaplain on the palliative care team
- Understand the behavioral sciences that inform the practice of palliative care chaplaincy
- Perform effective assessments of spiritual or existential distress
- View how the chaplain’s work integrates and supports the palliative care team’s plan of care
- Deliver effective skills training to the palliative care team and transdisciplinary colleagues
- Teach and model resilience to clinicians
- Demonstrate leadership skills that support the spiritual health of the organization
Completion and Refunds
In order to complete this course and obtain a certificate, you must view the course in its entirety, correctly answer all case studies and quiz/test questions (as appropriate) and complete the evaluation. You will have 90 days to access this course from the date of purchase. No refunds are given for self-paced courses.