End of Life Compassionate Care Certificate

This certificate is intended to prepare all of us, whether we are social workers, counselors, ministers, nurses, hospital or hospice personnel, retirement or nursing home workers, or just plain conscientious, concerned individuals, to address the needs of people in the final phases of life. For more information about whether this is a good fit for you, please contact Program Director, Barbara Nehls-Lowe at barbara.nehlslowe@wisc.edu or 608-890-4653.

At a glance

What: End of Life Compassionate Care Certificate

When: Thu-Sun & Sat, Mar 15-18 & Apr 14

Where: Pyle Center, 702 Langdon St., Madison, WI

Cost: Early Bird $1,500 through Feb 15; $1,800 after | 35 hours (3.5 CEUs), 26 CECH (CHES) contact hours

Continuing education credit: 35 hours (3.5 CEUs), 26 CECH (CHES) contact hours

Coordinator: Barbara Nehls-Lowe
Susan Dolan
Terry Kaldhusdal
Jara Rios-Rodriguez
Doug Smith
Molly Tomony

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For additional information, contact Barbara Nehls-Lowe: 608-890-4653

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Learning objectives

Day One – Having the Conversation and the Rights of the Dying

  • Describe effective ways to discuss end of life issues
  • Identify the rights of the dying and effective strategies to advocate for these rights: including the right to be in control, the right to have a sense of purpose, the right to touch and be touched, the right to be angry, the right to laugh – as well as other rights.

Day Two – Children and Adolescents

  • Differentiate the unique needs of terminally ill children and adolescents as well as children and adolescents who are confronted with a relative or friend who is terminally ill
  • Describe complementary therapies that are used to address physical and emotional pain
  • Contrast compassion fatigue and compassion satisfaction and explain why self-care is essential

Day Three – Ethics and Boundaries

  • Examine the ethical and legal variables and considerations involved in caring for the aging and the terminally ill
  • Identify guidelines for empowering the elderly and their families in making their own decisions
  • Develop strategies to manage family conflict at the end of life
  • Apply ethical standards to case studies and discuss with classmates
  • Consider boundary issues unique to end of life care

Day Four – Spiritual/cultural variables, Practical Issues and Resources

  • Describe spiritual variables related to people approaching the end of life
  • Describe cultural variables related to people approaching the end of life
  • Examine resources related to the topic of approaching death

Day Five – Presentations

  • Appraise the depth and breadth of participant projects
  • Integrate key learnings into clinical practice and personal relationships
  • Develop an action plan to utilize this experience going forward.