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Palliative Care Updates from

Shiley Haynes Institute


Where Is Palliative Care Now in the “Post-Pandemic” Landscape? 

In the early days of the pandemic, some palliative care and hospice programs found themselves pushed to the sidelines of the national crisis response. Patients “crashed” fast; doors closed to all-but-essential facility staff; some patients put off seeking care for preexisting serious conditions and thus failed to get connected with hospice and palliative care. 

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Can Palliative Care Be Provided Entirely From Afar? 

Palliative care is a humanistic, patient-centric form of healthcare that includes medical, emotional, and other supportive services for people who are confronting the impacts of a serious illness in many areas of their lives. Some have even called it “hand-holding,” although it involves much more than that. Can hands be held over Zoom? 

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Solving the Riddle About Palliative Care Training 

There is a lot of renewed attention to Batman these days. So, in the style of the Joker, “Riddle us this”: What impacts healthcare across California, throughout the United States, and around the world and demonstrates the power of bringing together Teams, Training, and Technology? 

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PA Certificate in Palliative and Serious Illness Care Information Session 

Join us on July 28 at 5:00pm (Pacific Time) for an online webinar and Q&A session to learn more about the online, instructor-led PA Certificate in Palliative and Serious Illness Care. 

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Pediatric Palliative Care 2022 Webinar Series 

Conversations Matter: pediatric Advance Care Planning (pACP) and Shared Decision Making with Adolescents Living with a Serious Illness  The FAmily CEntered (FACE) pediatric Advance Care Planning Model

This presentation will describe how to conduct pediatric advance care planning safely, the best timing from the adolescent patient's perspective, and the immediate and one-year outcomes from participating in the FACE-HIV and FACE-TC randomized clinical trials.

August 18, Thursday - 12:00 PST | 1:00 MST | 2:00 CST | 3:00 EST

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Share Your Story 

If you’ve taken a palliative care course with us, you are part of a movement to transform care for patients with serious illnesses and their families. Do you have a great story to share about how palliative care is impacting your organization or community? If so, we would love to feature it. 

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What Our Students Are Saying 

The next Advanced Practice Palliative Care Certificate for Social Workers course starts August 10. This unique course offers in-depth learning that rivals in-person clinical programs, with a convenient, online format. Here is what one recent graduate had to say about this interactive eight-month certificate program: 

“This course was invaluable. I cannot begin to express my gratitude for the wealth of information I've learned from the course material, the instructors, and my fellow classmates. This whole experience was 100% worth it.”

– Kelly Robertson, MSW 

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Upcoming Instructor-Led Courses

Join us for a rich, online, interactive learning journey with peers from across the country and expert instructors.

8/10: Advanced Practice Palliative Care Certificate for Social Workers – Gain expert skills in this deep dive into palliative care social work. Learn how to navigate the diverse demands of your role, assess psychosocial distress, apply appropriate interventions to support patients and families, and emerge as a leader on a palliative care team. 8 Months, 144 CE hours.

8/24: RN Certificate in Palliative Care – Updated and revised content! Build skills in pain and symptom management, pharmacological and complementary therapies, care planning, and more while learning to navigate ethical issues and support patient decision making. 8 Weeks, 64 CE hours.

8/31: Essentials of Palliative Care Chaplaincy – Master a full-circle model of spiritual care that helps you ease suffering for seriously ill patients, their families, and your healthcare colleagues; created in collaboration with the Association of Professional Chaplains (APC®). 8 Weeks, 64 CE hours.

9/1: PA Certificate in Palliative and Serious Illness Care – Master evidence-based skills and strategies in all domains of palliative care in this innovative program that features online didactic clinical content and weekly live (virtual) Grand Rounds sessions to discuss case study presentations with your classmates and an expert PA in palliative care. Created in collaboration with the Physician Assistants in Hospice and Palliative Medicine. 12 Weeks, 72.5 CME hours

9/21: Advanced Practice RN Certificate in Palliative Care – Master evidence-based strategies in prognostication, pain and symptom management, delivering difficult news, ethics, care at the end of life, leadership, and more. 9 Months, 175 CE hours. 

9/21: Palliative Care Skills for Health Social Workers – Gain a deeper understanding of the journey through serious illness and learn how to effectively address related psychosocial distress, improve communication, and help patients and families articulate their care goals. 8 Weeks, 48 CE hours. 

10/5: Healing Through Art – Learn to use creative self-expression to boost well-being and aid healing, for yourself and others. Good for all disciplines, as well as volunteers in hospice and palliative care programs, senior centers, and other settings. 6 Weeks, 24 CE hours. 

10/5: Practical Pain Management Approaches for Advanced Illness – Pain management is an essential part of caring for patients with advanced illnesses. This online course provides clinicians with in-depth knowledge about pharmacological, non-pharmacological, and integrative approaches for treating pain in seriously ill patients. 8 Weeks, 48 CE/CME hours. 

Popular Self-Paced Courses

Earn CE or CME hours at your own pace with these high-quality online courses filled with evidence-based content, interactive learning exercises, and downloadable resources. 

Applying Motivational Interviewing Techniques and Interventions in Palliative Care – Gain a deeper understanding of motivational interviewing techniques and explore ways to integrate this method into your work with patients.

Clinical Certificate in Pediatric Palliative Care – Learn evidence-based approaches to address the physical, psychosocial, and spiritual suffering of children, teens, and young adults with serious illness, and their families.

Multidisciplinary Certificate in Pediatric Palliative Care – Designed for social workers, chaplains, child life specialists, and other team members, this self-paced, online certificate program explores concepts that are integral to pediatric palliative care, offering comprehensive strategies to help hospice and palliative care teams deliver whole person care to pediatric patients.

Core Concepts in Palliative Care – Nurses – Developed for nursing professionals, this self-paced course delivers an in-depth overview of palliative care nursing, and provides practical tools and strategies to enhance your practice and effectiveness in caring for seriously ill patients and families in any care setting.

Primary Palliative Care Skills for Every Provider – Improve patient care, reduce costs, learn when to refer and how to bill for palliative care services. Earn accredited CEs or CMEs with this evidence-based curriculum series, created specifically for clinicians in all settings who are caring for chronic and seriously ill patients.

Self-Care and Resilience – Working with seriously ill patients can be rewarding but also challenging. This course provides practical tools and resources to help healthcare professionals recognize the warning signs of moral distress, identify their own beliefs and habits that may lead to burn-out or compassion fatigue, and utilize practical strategies for self-care and resilience-building.

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