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Interprofessional and includes primary care physicians, all specialty physicians, Allied Health Providers, Physician Assistants, Nurse Practitioners, Nurses, Pharmacists, Social Workers, Clergy/Faith leaders, community volunteers/leaders, attorneys, and others involved in ACP.
Social Workers and Nurses can earn CE hours! After completing all course-specific modules and the evaluations, you will receive access to print continuing education certificates. Go to respectingchoices.org/types-of-curriculum-and-certification/online-curriculum for complete course information including continuing education credits, conflict of interest statements, and financial disclosures.
NOTE: Completion of this online course does not qualify as certification as a Respecting Choices® ACP Facilitator. To learn how to become certified as a Respecting Choices Facilitator, please visit respectingchoices.org/types-of-curriculum-and-certification/facilitator-certification.
This learner-directed online program consists of six critical thinking modules designed for healthcare professionals who want to enhance their advance care planning facilitation skills.
- First Steps Advance Care Planning Facilitation Overview
- Facilitating First Steps Advance Care Planning Conversations
- Facilitating First Steps Advance Care Planning Conversations with Adults with Chronic Illness
- Communication Skills for Facilitating Advance Care Planning Conversations
- Facilitating Last Steps Advance Care Planning Conversations
- Facilitating Next Steps Advance care Planning Conversations
Module 1 - First Steps Advance Care Planning Facilitation Overview
Provide the learner with an overview of the First Steps ACP facilitation process. This overview will include the basic components and goals of the process, as well as a description of the Respecting Choices® staged approach to ACP. Learners will also be introduced to the responsibilities they will have as an ACP Facilitator and the strategies they can use to create a written advance directive that is clear, accurate, and complete.
Module 2 - Facilitating First Steps Advance Care Planning Conversations
This module prepares individuals to become Advance Care Planning (ACP) Facilitators. Provides an overview of advance care planning and outlines the first steps involved with making an advance care plan. The lesson also provides learners with strategies for motivating individuals to make advance care plans. Finally, learners are presented with a variety of scenarios and role-play opportunities that allow for practicing facilitation skills.
Module 3 - Facilitating First Steps Advance Care Planning Conversations with Adults with Chronic Illness
Provide the learner with strategies to incorporate First Steps Advance Care Planning (ACP) into the routine care management of adults with chronic illness. The learner will be introduced to their responsibility to identify gaps in individuals’ knowledge and provide them with needed information and referrals. The lesson will also demonstrate how to use a decision-making framework to assist individuals in making informed treatment decisions and create strategies to ensure that the individual’s plan is followed.
Module 4 - Communication Skills for Facilitating Advance Care Planning Conversations
Identify essential interview skills and communication techniques that lead to high quality and effective person- and family-centered ACP conversations.
Module 5 - Facilitating Last Steps Advance Care Planning Conversations
Prepare individuals to become Advance Steps ACP Facilitators. This lesson provides an overview of the Advanced Steps stage of planning, including the key features of a Physician Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment (POLST) paradigm program. It also provides learners with strategies to use when preparing for an Advanced Steps conversation, as well as those to use during an Advanced Steps ACP conversation to ensure that an individual’s goals, values, fears and concerns are identified, they are adequately assisted in making treatment decisions consistent with their goals of care and that strategies are created to ensure that their plan is honored. Furthermore, this lesson provides learners with a variety of scenarios and role-play opportunities so that they can practice their facilitation skills.
Module 6 - Facilitating Next Steps Advance Care Planning Conversations
Provide the learner with strategies for facilitating Next Steps ACP conversations. This lesson will describe the Next Steps ACP stage of planning and identify the key features of the Next Steps ACP conversation. Learners will identify strategies to explore hope, assist individuals in using disease-specific information in making informed treatment decisions, and define their goals of care should complications from their illness occur.
Learner-directed online course, including narration, recommended supplemental reading materials, interactive activities within the module itself (e.g., click and drag, matching), case examples, post-test, and course evaluation.
Interactive, learner directed audio with graphics.
- A Computer with Internet Access and Audio Capabilities
- Monitor with Resolution set to at least 1024x768
- Flash Player: Version 15.0 or better (the latest version is recommended)
- Pop-up blockers disabled in your Browser and toolbars.
- Network set to not cache or deprioritize streaming media or whitelist our servers.
ADA Compliance Statement
If you have questions or concerns regarding these distance learning modules, refund policies, or require special assistance or accommodations in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, please contact Respecting Choices at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Refund Policy Refunds are not available for online seats. You will receive the online learning modules using an access code. The access code is valid for two years from the purchase date. Once the access code has been redeemed, you will have two years to complete and/or review the modules.