University of Colorado System
Psychosocial and Spiritual Aspects of Palliative Care
University of Colorado System

Psychosocial and Spiritual Aspects of Palliative Care

This course is part of Palliative Care: It's Not Just Hospice Anymore Specialization

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Regina Fink
Maurice Scott
Kelly Arora

Instructors: Regina Fink

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15 hours (approximately)
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Course

Gain insight into a topic and learn the fundamentals

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Beginner level
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There are 5 modules in this course

In this course, you’ll learn how serious and life-threatening illnesses can affect emotional and spiritual well-being and increase stress on the patient's support network. We’ll talk about resources and skills you can use to help support patients and families. You’ll also learn about advance care planning, which includes shared decision-making, setting goals of care, and writing down plans for care.

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11 videos6 readings1 quiz

In this module, you will learn how to determine if someone is experiencing normal grief about losses with serious illness. You will also learn when feeling sad becomes a more serious problem, like depression, demoralization, or the desire to die. You’ll also learn how caregivers also grieve.

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9 videos5 readings1 quiz

Providing support and care in the last days of life is important. We only have one chance to provide excellent care for this person. Patients and families often feel afraid and overwhelmed. You can help ease suffering when everyday stress becomes unmanageable anxiety. You can also help patients and families understand the dying process; express their preferences for care; manage common symptoms, and provides practical, emotional, spiritual and social support. You can help make serious illness and the last days of life positive and meaningful experiences.

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10 videos7 readings1 quiz

In this lesson, we’ll talk about the difference between spirituality and religion. Then you’ll learn skills for respectful spiritual conversations with patients and family members.

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11 videos5 readings2 quizzes

In this lesson, we will talk about a very important topic that concerns each and every one of us. Advance care planning, shared decision making, goals of care, advocating for those we love and family conversations are central topics we all will run into eventually. What kind of care would we want if we could not speak for ourselves? Who do we want to stand up for us and speak for what we want if we can’t do it ourselves? What are our values and beliefs, what gives us joy, what do we want when time on this earth is limited? Using these principles as the guiding light, goals of care emerge and along with them preferences for treatment. We will look at ways to help facilitate the identification of these goals of care as well as how to help caregivers understand and support their loved ones wishes and desires.

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13 videos8 readings1 quiz

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Regina Fink
University of Colorado System
5 Courses15,087 learners
Maurice Scott
University of Colorado System
5 Courses15,087 learners

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