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Courses for Professionals


Nurses Palliative Care Social Workers Palliative Care Chaplains Palliative Care

Interprofessional Palliative Care


Summaries

The California State University Institute for Palliative Care's professional development programs are designed to ensure health care professionals have the skills to provide great patient care. Incorporating the latest in evidence-based palliative care practices, these online courses are practical and highly interactive. All programs provide Continuing Education Hours and some offer BRN, BBS, and CME hours.

If you are looking to enhance your individual palliative or hospice skills or prepare for certification, you'll be able to select from asynchronous faculty-led cohorts or self-paced courses. If you are an organization setting up a palliative care program or hiring new hospice or palliative care staff, these are the courses you need to grow or enhance your palliative care program. 

Nurses Palliative Care

Advanced Practice RN Certificate Optional FellowshipAdvanced Practice RN Certificate in Palliative Care With Optional Fellowship

DATE: April 6 - 7, 2015
LOCATION: Online

Are you an advanced practice RN, currently working or intending to work in hospice and palliative care? If you are looking for a way to expand your skills, this 10-month course makes it easier than ever. Fully online, this comprehensive certificate program is designed specifically for busy advanced practice nurses looking for expert skills without a classroom schedule. Participants will gain in-depth knowledge of a broad range of current topics in this growing field – all in working partnership with experienced palliative care nursing experts.

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RN Certificate Palliative CareRN Certificate in Palliative Care

DATE: February 15, 2015
LOCATION: Online

This dynamic 8-week course is aimed at enhancing nurses’ competencies and knowledge of palliative care. The curriculum provides essential knowledge for professionals who deliver hospice or palliative nursing care regardless of the setting (hospice, inpatient/outpatient palliative care, oncology, long-term care, etc.) The course work is fully online and allows busy nurses flexibility in balancing work responsibilities while furthering their professional development. SEE VIDEO description. 

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CHPN Cert Prep Palliative CareRN Hospice and Palliative Care Nursing (CHPN) Certification Prep

DATE: Spring 2015
LOCATION: TBA

As organizations like the Joint Commission, CMS and others look for health care organizations to deliver palliative care using professionals with recognized certifications, nurses working in palliative are recognizing the value of taking the NBCHPN RN Certification exam.

If you are thinking about getting your certification (or need to renew it), this preparation course is exactly the help you need to ensure you pass your exam.

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Social Workers Palliative Care

Fundamental Hospice Skills for Social WorkersFundamental Hospice Skills for Social Workers (NEW)

DATE: March 16 - May 8, 2014
LOCATION: Online

Social workers have a critical role to play in hospice settings. Are you ready? This course has been designed by leading hospice experts. It teaches skills fundamental to every social worker involved in hospice. While this eight-week online course serves as an excellent introductory course for those new to hospice, it will also refresh and enhance the practice of more experienced hospice social workers.

Click HERE to learn more and register!

Fundamental Palliative Care Skills for Social WorkersFundamental Palliative Care Skills for Social Workers (NEW)

DATE: March 16 - May 8, 2014
LOCATION: Online

This 8-week course has been designed by leading social work and palliative care experts. With so many social workers only occasionally involved in palliative care, this course offers skills that are fundamental to every social worker involved in palliative care. An excellent introductory course for those new to palliative care, it will also refresh and enhance the practice of more experienced palliative care social workers.

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Post MSW Palliative CarePost-MSW Palliative Care Certificate

DATE: March 2, 2015
LOCATION: Online

Compared by participants to getting advanced clinical supervision from national experts, this certificate program is designed to enhance the skills of MSWs with experience in palliative care. The Post-MSW Palliative Care Certificate Program is designed to provide master’s-prepared social workers with the knowledge and skills to be successful working and leading in palliative care and interprofessional environments whether that is in a hospital, hospice or other setting. SEE VIDEO description.

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Chaplains Palliative Care

Mental Health Palliative CareMental Health Fundamentals in Spiritual Care

DATE: February 2, 2015
LOCATION: Online

Spiritual care professionals and others providing spiritual care in many health care contexts are often confronted with situations involving depression, post-traumatic stress, and other forms of mental illness diagnoses. Without specific training in how these intersect with spiritual care, how will you respond? Learn to handle challenging situations in this powerful online course.

Click HERE to learn more and register!

Chaplaincy Certificate Palliative CarePalliative Care Chaplaincy Specialty Certificate

DATE: January 26 - March 27, 2015
LOCATION: Online

The California State University Institute for Palliative Care and HealthCare Chaplaincy Network – two leaders in their fields – have created this online-certificate course to support chaplains and other spiritual care providers with the delivery of palliative care to patients and their families in hospitals, hospices, long-term care facilities, and elsewhere. This is a very popular course with new cohorts starting frequently. SEE VIDEO

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Interprofessional Palliative Care

Business Case for Palliative CareThe Business Case for Palliative Care

DATE: Open Registration*
LOCATION: Online

This self-paced course is designed to orient clinical and administrative leaders to the concepts behind the business case for palliative care. It introduces the analyses needed to assess the impact of existing programs while identifying growth opportunities for hospital, clinic, and home-based palliative care services. Participants will learn how their palliative care program adds value to their organization’s mission. This course was developed by nationally recognized experts in the field of palliative care, including: Kathleen Kerr, BA, Dr. Brian Cassel, Dr. Michael Rabow, and Dr. Shelley R. Adler. *Since this is a self-paced course, you can register at any time. You will receive your login within 3 business days.

Click HERE to learn more and register!

Caring At A DistanceCaring At A Distance (NEW)

DATE: November 12, 2014
LOCATION: Online

Our mobile society sometimes makes caregiving a challenge. Yet, there are proven techniques and resources available to those caring for loved ones across town or across the country. This self-paced course teaches individual caregivers and professional caregivers considerations around legal care and personal care. It provides insights into how to prioritize a visit, useful resources, and innovative solutions to common problems when caring for a loved one at a distance.

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Culturally Competent Palliative Care of LatinosCulturally Competent Palliative Care of Latinos

DATE: IP/2015 Date TBA
LOCATION: Online

If your hospice or palliative care program is serving a Latino community, you understand the challenge of reaching those who could most benefit by your services… and this course is a must do! This program engages health care professionals with an understanding of how cultural traditions can infuse every interaction with Latino patients in ways that improve relationships, compliance and outcomes.

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Journey of Self-Awareness Palliative CareJourney of Self-Awareness – A Palliative Care Program for Healthcare Professionals (NEW)

DATE: January 2015. Details coming.
LOCATION: Online

Based on her book, Last Acts of Kindness; Lessons for the Living From the Bedsides of the Dying, this course is delivered by author Judith Redwing Keyssar. This self-paced course provides a gentle self-reflection process to help palliative care or hospice professionals understand his or her own beliefs, values, and self-care patterns around this complicated journey. Taking this course is a wonderful gift of self-care that you can give yourself! *Since this is a self-paced course, you can register at any time. You will receive your login within 3 business days.

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Excellence in Interprofessional Palliative Care DocumentationExcellence in Interprofessional Palliative Care Documentation

DATE: Open Registration*
LOCATION: Online

In palliative care, documentation is at the heart of our communications. This self-paced course provides quick, discipline-specific as well as team-focused strategies for ensuring that your documentation facilitates communication and supports great relationships within the team and with your referral sources. If you are staying late working on documentation or frustrated by the documentation habits of your colleagues, this course is for you!  *Since this is a self-paced course, you can register at any time. You will receive your login within 3 business days.

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What is POLST?Working With POLST

DATE: Open Registration*
LOCATION: Online

POLST stands for Physician Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment. It is a physician order that gives patients more control over their care by specifying the types of medical treatment they want to receive during advanced serious illness. This self-paced course helps the health care professional understand the role and value of this document, and how to employ it in documenting and honoring patient wishes. This course provides specific details about POLST in California. *Since this is a self-paced course, you can register at any time. You will receive your login within 3 business days.

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If you'd like a 2-page PDF of all these course summaries, click HERE or the image below.

Professional Courses CSU Institute for Palliative Care


Professional Courses in Development

We are continually developing new courses for professionals. Some are currently in beta, while others are prepped to roll out.

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