Palliative Care Chaplaincy Education and Training
Do you ever wonder if the support you provide to those served by your organization is effective? Does each patient’s plan of care reflect his or her goals? Does it support his or her values and beliefs? This is the time to deepen for chaplains to increase their understanding of palliative care and improved much needed communication skills. The Institute offers a variety of online and instructor-led courses for chaplains and board certified chaplains working in a variety of health care settings.
Palliative care provides those with a serious or chronic illness – from the time of diagnosis throughout the course of treatment – care that optimizes quality of life by anticipating, preventing, and managing suffering. Today’s chaplain is often intimately involved in the mental, emotional, and spiritual care of the patient and family during these difficult times.
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It is imperative that chaplains involved in palliative care have a solid understanding of what palliative care is and how it benefits all of us. Palliative care is delivered by an interdisciplinary team of physicians, nurses, social workers, chaplains, pharmacists and other practitioners to address the physical, intellectual, emotional, social, and spiritual needs of patients and their families. But these teams are only effective when they have a common language and up-to-date skills on helping patients and families facing serious or chronic illness.
Here are some of the courses we offer that chaplains may find helpful:
Whether your organization has a dedicated palliative care team, works with another organization to offer palliative care, is considering launching a palliative care program, or is interested in integrating the principles of palliative care into your practice, this self-paced course may be a critical part of your education.
What Every Chaplain Needs to Know About Palliative Care will help you understand the benefits of palliative care, how it is different from usual care and hospice, and teach you how to speak with patients and care providers about palliative care.
Motivational interviewing increases patient autonomy when trained clinicians use the techniques to explore patient values, helping patients identify and overcome their reluctance to discuss their goals of care. Once a patient’s goals are clarified they are then able to verbalize the action steps they will take to achieve their goals.
As our healthcare system transitions from traditional fee for service to value-based care, patient outcomes will drive both referrals to palliative and payment for the services you provide. While there is a growing body of research that demonstrates palliative care improves patient outcomes and reduces costs of care, patient and family caregiver involvement in the palliative care planning process significantly impacts both care outcomes and cost. Motivational interviewing is a powerful tool to make YOU more effective at helping patients and families with both planning and achieving their goals.
Chaplains know better than most that self-care is critical to being able to be fully present at the bedside of anyone suffering from chronic or serious illness. The Journey of Self-Awareness – A Palliative Care Program for Healthcare Professionals is an online program that teaches professional self-awareness in the midst of challenging and stressful careers. It helps health care professionals reflect on their approach to caregiving and identify ways to balance that with their own self-care.
In this course, there will be reading, journaling and thought-provoking questions to help chaplains look deep inside at your caregiving career and your personal life. This course is a tool for relaxation, grieving, healing, or simply a vehicle for discovering new perspectives on life.
Developed by an experienced aromatherapist, this course is perfect for chaplains, health care professionals and volunteers interested in adding aromatherapy to their care patient care toolkit. Students will discover safe and effective ways essential oils can be incorporated into palliative care protocols backed by evidence-based and scientific research.
This four hour, self-paced course will give chaplains and other students the necessary information about commonly used and available oils. The course will provide a variety of resources and instructions on the safe and effective use of essential oils, discussion on application methods, and selection of essential oils used for a variety of symptoms and concerns for patients.
This online course enhances social worker’s and other health care professional’s familiarity with critical palliative care skills. It is essential for those:
- Unfamiliar with or new to palliative care
- Needing to increase their competency
- Seeking to improve patient/family outcomes
- Serving individuals who could benefit from enhanced social work support
Chaplains know that the first step is to raise the awareness within ourselves, then our team, and then our organization. Once we’ve raised our individual awareness then we can deepen our understanding of how others view the world. But without awareness, you don’t know what you don’t know. We cannot raise our cultural competency without raising our self-awareness. That’s where this course begins. Raising your own self-awareness.
This course was developed by Familias en Acción, an agency that delivers cultural competence training for health professionals and health education for the Latino community. This self-paced online course gives participants an important grounding in culturally sensitive issues that can arise in every interaction with patients and families served by hospice and palliative care.