Certificate Program in End of Life Planning and Preparation

Price: $320.00
40 CE Hours, including all 9 required Live CE Hours

assessEveryone needs help as they face the end of life.  

Qin Shi Huang, the first Emperor of China, had an entire Army of Terra Cotta warriors to be there for him.  Most people probably don't require quite that level of support, but they do need significant professional assistance in several crucial areas.  Mostly, they need help thinking through what they want and how to communicate about it.

That's where you fit it.  

People need YOUR help with End of Life Issues.
 There are many issues, many types of issues.  These may be the most difficult issues people will ever face.  They need your help to start facing them now.  They will keep putting them off because they are so difficult, which only makes them more difficult.  You can help stop this vicious negative feedback loop.

But there are things you need to know if you are really going to be helpful.  The purpose of this program is to help you learn, in community, from incredibly skilled instructors who are passionate about this area of human experience.

Before we explain WHAT we intend to help you learn, we'd like to explain HOW we intend to help you learn.

This is a "Flipped CE" Program.  It is organized differently than other Continuing Education classes.

The "Flipped Classroom" is a long overdue revolution sweeping all levels of education -- and it is especially relevant to those of us involved in Professional Training.  For centuries, literally, students have sat in classrooms and listened to lectures, then left to do to more active forms of learning called "homework."  Now, this sequence is being reversed, or "flipped," with students listening to the pure-info part at home at their own pace, then engaging in interaction and activities when they come together in a classroom.

How does the Flipped Classroom apply to CE?.  

1) "Flipped" means you don't waste time listening to lectures when you are connected to the Instructors -- you interact, you ask questions.  You can ask about the online material, for clarification.  You can ask specific questions about cases you are involved in.  Class time is active time.

2) We have already produced nicely edited video segments of  our expert faculty explaining many crucial aspects of End of Life counseling.  You can access and review this material at your own speed and convenience.

3) You can receive Live CE Hours without leaving your office -- the program features weekly phone conferences, which are considered to be Live Classes since you are in direct contact with the Instructors

     End of Life Instructors:

hinerman Nate Hinerman, Ph.D teaches in the School of Nursing and Health Professions and the Department of Theology and Religious Studies at the University of San Francisco, where he received the University's Distinguished Lecturer Award in 2010,  He serves as the Chair of the San Francisco Bay Area Network for End-of-Life Care and he also volunteers on the Bereavement Service as a therapist for Pathways Home Health and Hospice.

holmesConny Holmes, Ph.D. has worked with cancer patients and their families for 24 years in hospital and outpatient settings.  She served as clinical manager at the Women's Cancer Resource Center, Oakland, CA, where she led an ongoing group for women with metastatic cancer, facilitated the pro bono psychotherapy consortium and coordinated the end of life program.

ogradyJohn O'Grady, J.D. is an estate planning lawyer and a mediator of inheritance battles. He trains lawyers, mediators and mental health professionals to grow their practices with the skills and strategies specific to guiding people to navigate the epic family conflicts about aging, death, taxes, inheritance, and property rights while addressing the underlying conflicts, salvaging important relationships, and staying connected and in conversation for a lifetime. John is Chair of The Estate Planning, Trust & Probate Section of the Bar Association of San Francisco.

oriordanSean O'Riordan, Ph.D. is a staff psychologist for the Faculty and Staff Help Center of Stanford University and teaches the Principles and Practice in Care of the Dying in the Stanford School of Medicine.  Dr. O'Riordan is a native of Ireland and has worked and traveled around the world.  He also maintains a private practice in Los altos, CA.

termanStanley Terman, Ph.D., M.D. is a board-certified psychiatrist and the founder of Caring Advocates (r), a non-profit dedicated to reducing the suffering of terminally ill patients and their families, specializing in solutions to the challenges and burdens of advanced stage dementia.  Dr. Terman is the author of "The BEST WAY to Say Goodbye," "Peaceful Transitions:  Stories of Success and Compassion" and "Plan Now, Die Later -- Ironclad strategy."

What Will I Learn?

1. A good death requires thought, reflection, planning and action -- this program will enable you to help clients set these steps in motion.

2. a method to help your clients produce Advance Care Directives that are easy, effective and comprehensive, even when they can no longer speak for themselves.

3. a framework to help clients with reconciliation in important relationships and a sense of closure with the most significant commitments.

4.  Without being a legal expert, you will be equipped to diffuse inevitable conflicts involving taxes, inheritance and property rights
and learn ways to give everyone in the family equal voice to be heard

5.  a greater understanding of different cultural preparations for death and expressions of grief.

how to make accommodations for diminished capacity and other special needs of older adults

How Does the Class Work?

1. You can begin accessing the video material immediately.  Take as long as you want.  There is no time limit.  Your registration will never expire.

2. Live phone conferences begin after Labor Day, in mid-September.  They will last 90 minutes and there are seven scheduled, every Wednesday at Noon (Pacific time) through the end of October.  They are not required, but they are offered to provide direct interaction with the Instructors.

3. You will be provided with a call-in number and you will be given CE credit for all of the conferences you attend.  If you attend six of the seven, you will meet your 9-hour Live CE requirement.

4.  The live classes are not about passive listening -- they are an opportunity for you to ask questions about assessment and specific cases.

Dates, Times & Tuition

Registration begins:  June 18, 2012

Access to video content:  June 18 and on-going

Phone Conferences: (all optional)  
Thursdays, 12:00pm - 1:30pm

Hinerman, Orientation, Hospice, 9/20

Holmes, Grief, 9/27

O'Grady, Aging&Inheritance Battles, 10/4

Terman, Care Directives, 10/11

O'Riordan, Multicultural, 10/18

Terman, Care Directives, 10/25

Tuition:  $320