Healthcare Professionals & Clergy Education

Education is crucial to developing the skills necessary to having quality conversations about advance care planning and building a diverse understanding of palliative and end-of-life care for people of all ages.

Join Thoughtful Life Conversations for these exciting opportunities to expand your knowledge and expertise.

Communication in Serious Illness

This 2.5 hour didactic sessions objectives will review the need for a systematic approach to having more, better and earlier conversations about patient values and priorities in serious illness, define a population with serious illness who may benefit from the serious illness conversation,  and learn how to improve communication in patients with serious illness with a structured communication tool.  During this highly interactive workshop participants will have the opportunity to practice case study conversations.  Target audience is healthcare teams such as physicians, nurses, social workers and other healthcare providers.


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Communication in Serious Illness Train the Trainer

This 5.5 hour workshop trains physicians, nurses and social workers to facilitate the 2.5 hour Communication in Serious Illness workshop. This session will review a system to identify appropriate patients, training and coaching resources for clinicians, a prompt for clinicians to conduct serious illness conversations at the right time, how to use a short, simple Serious Illness Conversation Guide, suggestions to help patients discuss preferences about their care with families, and a system for documenting personalized care goals and priorities. This session includes skills practice/role play with feedback and debriefing. Train the trainer expectations will be to successfully co-facilitate training with an approved trainer, submit all required paperwork and commit to co-host future training sessions using set curricula. Target audience: healthcare teams such as physicians, nurses, social workers and other healthcare providers.


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