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Who should attend
Clinicians who provide primary or specialty palliative care to patients with serious illness.
About the course
Provide Special Care to Those With Serious Illness
The practice of palliative care — providing relief from symptoms and stress and improving the quality of life for those suffering from serious illness — has grown steadily in recent years. This trend has created a need for high-quality palliative care training and education for professionals in medicine, nursing, social work, spiritual care and other disciplines.
In this three-course certificate program, you’ll learn the foundational skills for delivering integrated, person-centered palliative care using a team-based approach. We’ll explore three key areas of palliative care practice: person-centered communication, interprofessional team training and program sustainability. You’ll gain insight into quality metrics, communication methods, family dynamics, grief issues and other important factors for this complex type of patient care.
All courses are taught by top faculty and instructors from the UW Cambia Palliative Care Center of Excellence.
About the certificate
This interprofessional curriculum is designed for practicing healthcare professionals from nursing, medicine, social work, spiritual care, and other disciplines seeking specialty training in palliative care. The 9-month graduate certificate includes three 5-credit courses taken sequentially in the Autumn, Winter and Spring quarters. It includes in-depth, applied training in:
Person-Centered Communication Skills: Integrate narrative and person-centered skills for patients and families across the continuum of palliative care.
Interprofessional Team Training: Enhance team functioning, collaborative care planning, and conflict management.
Program Development and Quality Metrics: Create a plan for palliative care program sustainability and identify metrics to demonstrate effectiveness.
This is a hybrid program that includes both online and in-person instruction. The online instruction includes self-paced online modules and monthly live webinars. There is a required 2.5 day workshop each quarter of the course.
The modalities support participants in developing their expertise in three key areas of palliative care practice: person-centered communication, interprofessional team training, and program sustainability in their palliative care practice. In addition, the certificate includes VitalTalk® training, which is a highly regarded national model for expert serious illness communication skills. Program collaborators: Cambia PCCE and Vital Talk
Dr. Doorenbos’ research is centered on palliative care, pain and symptom management. Her grant portfolio is funded by the National Institute of Health: National Institute of Nursing Research and National Cancer Institute and other professional sources. She has sustained record of over 100 data-ba...
Caroline Hurd, M.D., is a board certified physician with Palliative Care Services at Harborview and director of education for UW’s Cambia Palliative Care Center of Excellence. She is also a UW assistant professor of Medicine and Gerontology and Geriatric Medicine. She has been named a Seattle mag...
Current research interests include issues related to palliative and end-of-life care for patients, their family members, clinicians, and health systems; medical decision-making and clinician-patient communication; qualitative and mixed methods research; stakeholder engagement; implementation and ...
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