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Palliative Education

About this Program

Welcome to Palliative Education at SCHC! We run multiple education sessions throughout the year, designed to support different specialties of health care professionals in palliative care. Please check in periodically to be kept abreast of course availability.

Upcoming Courses

COURSESDATESTIME
FUNDAMENTALS, Fall 2023Tues, Nov 7, 2023- Tues, Dec 12, 2023 (6 Weeks)5:00pm – 8:00 pm
APPS, Winter 2023Wed, Jan 17, 2024 – Wed, Mar 6th, 2024  (8 Weeks)-2 Weeks Prior Pre Reading required by students5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Essential Pain Management (EPM), Winter/Spring/Fall 2024See details belowSelf-directed  + attendance to at least 1 mandatory coaching session
Advance Approaches to Manage Pain (APM), Winter/Spring/Fall 2024See details belowSelf-directed  + attendance to at least 1 mandatory coaching session

Workshops

The education will be delivered in interactive keynote presentations, team building, and breakout rooms. The audience comprises Health care professionals such as nurses, physicians, social workers, PSWs, students, and Home and Community Care Coordinators.

REGISTER FOR THE WINTER 2024 EPM & AMP COURSE HERE

Essential Pain Management – EPM

Pain assessment, management, and evaluation are foundational skills for nurses working in any practice setting. Since these skills are often not thoroughly covered in nursing programs, the EPM course aims to equip nurses with a foundational knowledge base and skills around pain management, from a palliative care approach, that can be applied to their practice. The focus of this course is on the pharmacological management of pain.

There are two parts to the course, Essential Pain Management (EPM) and Advanced Approaches to Manage Pain (AMP). Details for each are provided below.

The EPM course has the following components:

  • Getting Started module
  • Four foundational modules
    • Laying the Foundation
    • Understanding Pain
    • Assessment
    • Approaches to Pain Management
  • Coaching Sessions – 90 minutes each
    • Mandatory – attend ONE EPM coaching session
    • Optional – attending additional coaching sessions is at your discretion  
  • Multiple case-based interactive activities to practice using the tools and approaches
  • Multiple self-checks to help you test your understanding
  • Four quizzes to unlock your certificate

There will be 3 courses offered in 2024. Course dates are:

  • Winter 2024: January 15 to February 23
  • Spring 2024: April 15 to May 17
  • Fall 2024: September 16 to October 25

You will have six weeks to complete the course. To receive an EPM certificate, you must:

  • Complete the four modules online (self-directed/autonomous learning) and
  • Attend one 90-minute, mandatory online coaching session. The option to attend multiple coaching sessions is at your discretion.
  • Coaching sessions:
    • Winter 2024: Wednesday, January 31 or February 21, from 1500 to 1630 (Mandatory attendance at one coaching session)
    • Spring 2024: Tuesday, April 30 from 1700 to 1830, Wednesday, May 1 from 1500 to 1630, Tuesday, May 21 from 1700 to 1830, Wednesday, May 22 from 1500 to 1630 (Mandatory attendance at one coaching session)
    • Fall 2024: Monday, September 30 from 1700 to 1830, Wednesday, October 2 from 1500 to 1630, Monday, October 21 from 1700 to 1830, Wednesday, October 23 from 1500 to 1630 (Mandatory attendance at one coaching session)

Once you have completed all module quizzes with a score of 100% on each one (you have unlimited attempts) and attended one coaching session, you will have completed the course requirements and earned your certificate. All requirements must be met within the course dates, there is NO opportunity to transfer to a future course to complete the coursework.

Following EPM, you will have automatic access to the online AMP Module to explore advanced pain management

Fees (includes EPM and AMP): $40.00 + taxes by credit card, *** only Visa or MasterCard accepted

***PLEASE NOTE: The fee is non-refundable and non-transferable.

All requirements must be completed within the course dates, there is NO opportunity to transfer to a future course to complete the coursework.

Limited 15 participants per class. First come first serve.

Advanced Approaches to Manage Pain – AMP

Following successful completion of the AMP Preparation module, and the AMP module quiz, you will earn your AMP Preparation badge. At that time, you will be invited to register for the 3-hour, virtual AMP coaching session. To receive an AMP certificate, you must complete:

  • The online AMP Preparation Module and
  • Attend the mandatory 3-hour virtual AMP coaching session with case-based activities to practice your skills

By attending the AMP Coaching Session, learners will be able to understand and apply advanced pain management concepts to their nursing practice. Concepts covered in the AMP coaching session through case-based learning will include:

  • Equianalgesia Dosing Chart
  • When and Why to Consider Opioid Rotation
  • Opioid Rotation Calculation Worksheet
  • Opioids Frequently Used in Palliative Care Resource
  • Incomplete Cross Tolerance
  • Opioid rotation calculation practice and case application
  • Key pain management health teaching, communication, and clinical tips
  • AMP – There will be 3 courses offered in 2024. Course dates are:
    • Winter 2024: February 26 to March 8
    • Spring 2024: May 20 to June 7
    • Fall 2024: October 28 to November 8
  • Coaching session:
    • Winter 2024: Wednesday, March 6, from 1300 to 1600 (Attendance is mandatory)
    • Spring 2024: Tuesday June 4 from 1700 to 2000 OR Wednesday, June 5 from 1300 to 1600 (Attendance is mandatory at one coaching session)
    • Fall 2024: Monday November 4 from 1700 to 2000 OR Wednesday, November 6 from 1300 to 1600 (Attendance is mandatory at one coaching session)

All requirements must be completed within the course dates, there is NO opportunity to transfer to a future course to complete the coursework.

Fundamentals of Palliative Care

This 6-week (3-hour classes) standardized curriculum is based on A Model to Guide Hospice Palliative Care, 2002, specifically the Domains of Issues Associated with Illness and Bereavement is funded by the Central East LHIN. The “FUNDAMENTALS” course is recommended for ALL Health Care Providers and Hospice Palliative Care.

Limit 25 participants per class. First come first serve!

Tuesdays – 5 pm – 8 pm – Location: Online – Zoom

Volunteers. There is a $50.00 fee to cover the cost of your resource guide. This is non-refundable or transferable.

Topics will include:

  • Introduction to Hospice Palliative Care
  • Dying, Death, and Hospice Palliative Care
  • Disease Management
  • Physical Issues
  • Psychological/Spiritual Issues
  • Social/Practical Issues
  • End-of-Life Care and Death Management
  • Grief, Loss, and Managing Occupational Stress

These classes are facilitated by a local or regional professional with teaching experience and expertise in the field of Hospice Palliative Care. Classes are offered several times a year in different locations throughout Scarborough. For more information email PalliativeCareEducation@schcontario.ca

“The Fundamentals of Hospice Palliative Care” is a prerequisite course for CAPCE (Comprehensive Advanced Palliative Care Education – for RPNs, RNs, NPs, and other advanced care clinicians).

***Please note*** RPNs, RNs, NPs, and other advanced care clinicians wishing to take the CAPCE course are required to complete, free of charge, a two-week Enhanced Fundamentals course after the 6-week basic Fundamentals course.

Fundamentals of Hospice Palliative Care

This course is geared toward those who are interested in or are already supporting clients in a palliative care environment. This standardized curriculum, funded by the Central East Home and Community Care Support Services, is based on ‘A Model to Guide Hospice Palliative Care, 2002,’ with a focus on Domains of Issues Associated with Illness and Bereavement. 

Comprehensive Advanced Palliative Care Education (CAPCE)

**Please bring your Fundamentals Textbook for the 1st class**

An intensive 20-week course for RNs, RPNs, NPs, and health care clinicians. The course is typically offered once a year and taught in small class sizes. The Comprehensive Advanced Palliative Care Education (CAPCE) program combines the ‘art’ with the ‘science’ of Hospice Palliative Care (HPC).  Aligning best practice standards and the Model to Guide Hospice Palliative Care, CAPCE focuses on the development and role of the nurse as an HPC resource for the interdisciplinary team in long-term care, agencies, hospitals, and communities.


The Comprehensive Advanced Palliative Care Education (CAPCE) Program combines the “art” and “science” of Hospice Palliative Care (HPC) for nurses (RPNs, RNs, NPs, and other advanced care clinicians). The program embeds best practice standards and aligns with the Model to Guide Hospice Palliative Care. CAPCE focuses on the development and role of the nurse as an HPC resource for the interdisciplinary team in long-term care homes, agencies, hospitals, and communities.

***Please note*** RPNs, RNs, NPs, and other advanced care clinicians wishing to take the CAPCE course are required to complete, free of charge, a two-week Enhanced Fundamentals course after the 6-week basic Fundamentals course.

CAPCE can be completed in a minimum of 20 weeks. Fundamentals Enhanced is provided within the first 2 weeks of the CAPCE course.

The components of the program include self-directed reading and reflection, 6 e-learning modules, 3 in-person sessions (case-based learning), 8 peer-to-peer exchanges (learning debrief), 2 practical application assignments, and 9 individual or small group coaching sessions.

CAPCE Selection Criteria: a minimum of 1-year hospice palliative care nursing experience, access to an internet-enabled computer, have knowledge of basic computer programs, and have completed the Fundamentals Core and Enhanced Hospice Palliative Care Programs.

For more information email PalliativeCareEducation@schcontario.ca .

Limit 15 participants per class. First come first serve!

(Please note only Visa or MasterCard accepted)
This is non-refundable or non-transferable.

Advanced Practice Palliative Skills (APPS)

A more in-depth look at palliative care provision for PSWs and health care aides. Following active participation in the APPS course, learners will have an enhanced understanding and respect for the role of PSWs/Health Care Aides in providing a palliative approach.

Annual Palliative Care Conference

Scarborough Centre for Healthy Communities (SCHC) is pleased to run the only educational conference focused on palliative care in Scarborough You can view more information on the Palliative Care Conference page

For more information, please reach out to PalliativeCareEducation@schcontario.ca .

Contact Us

Palliative Education

Email:

PalliativeCareEducation@schcontario.ca

Phone:

(416)-847-4111

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