Foundational Concepts in Easing Suffering and Promoting Healing for Pediatric Patients
This 8 CE hour, self-paced online course equips hospice and palliative care professionals to recognize and address the emotional, psychosocial, and spiritual suffering of children, teens, and young adults nearing end of life and their families. It explores how acknowledging and bearing witness to suffering can be redemptive and healing for the child, family, and clinician.
Caring for children nearing death and their families requires enhanced skills in recognizing and addressing emotional, psychosocial, and spiritual suffering. Supporting children and their families through this difficult journey can empower them in making quality-of-life decisions, creating legacy, and processing ongoing grief.
This course prepares hospice and palliative care professionals to be present and acknowledge suffering in young patients and their families; recognize types of suffering; assess anticipatory grief; support parents in talking with their children; assess spiritual suffering; support families with conflicting beliefs; and find purpose connected to meaning-making.
Comprised of eight modules, you’ll be prepared to address the ongoing existential and spiritual suffering of young patients with life-limiting illness and their families.
Enroll in the certificate for $989. Learn more.
What You’ll Learn
- Demonstrating methods for acknowledging suffering and examining its redemptive value
- Defining types of grief in the context of the pediatric patient and family and illustrate how they may impact the approach to care
- Assessing parent perceptions about sharing information with the child and describe strategies for providing therapeutic support
- Creating an age-appropriate plan of care to support the spiritual care needs of the child
- Listing techniques patients and families can use to document and honor meaning
- Assessing individual patient and family needs regarding the creation of legacy and integrate them into the plan of care
- Employing an approach to care that empowers the patient and family as active participants on the care team
- Illustrate ways for loved ones to create remembrances and helpful rituals for bereavement support
What You’ll Earn
8 continuing education (CE) credits provided through California State University San Marcos, accredited and approved by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).
Have a team to train? We offer special group pricing.
The Institute’s Pediatric Palliative Care curriculum was developed by expert clinicians in pediatric palliative care from leading children’s hospitals and hospice programs, with support from:
- Children’s Hospice and Palliative Care Coalition/Coalition for Compassionate Care of California
- Providence TrinityCare Hospice and Trinity KidsCare
Susan Montgomery, RN, BSN, MA, a medical writer whose clinical career as a registered nurse included caring for children and adults in both critical care and hospice. She is the former Director of Interdisciplinary Practice at Suncoast Hospice.
Rev. Kathleen Ennis-Durstine, MDiv, BCC, Senior Chaplain/Manager, Children’s National Health System, and faculty member of the Pediatric Chaplains Institute.
Rev. Mark Bartel, MDiv, BCC, Chaplain Manager, Spiritual Care, Arnold Palmer Medical Center, Orlando Health, and faculty member of the Pediatric Chaplains Institute.
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.
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