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Approx. 18 hours to complete
Subtitles: English, Arabic

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Syllabus - What you will learn from this course


Week 1

4 hours to complete


4 hours to complete
14 videos (Total 49 min), 10 readings, 2 quizzes
14 videos
Are You Suffering?51s
Core Values Defined2m
Understanding Suffering5m
A Conversation Between Ollie Green and Chaplain Julie7m
Empathy vs Sympathy2m
Palliative Care Definition4m
Talking to Patient About Their Illness2m
Two Questions1m
Nature of Suffering Evaluation Form2m
Ollie Green Dialogue 13m
Ollie Green Dialogue 25m
Ollie Green Dialogue 33m
What Have We Learned So Far1m
10 readings
About Us: Palliative Care Specialization Team at CU Anschutz10m
What is Palliative Care Information10m
Understanding Suffering to Ease Suffering10m
Understanding Suffering30m
Ollie Green Story and Case Study: Background10m
Empathy vs Sympathy15m
Palliative Care Definition30m
Guides to Communications Pocket Card15m
Review the Nature of Suffering Evaluation Form30m
What Have We learned?10m
2 practice exercises
Nature of Suffering Quiz10m
Suffering Assessment30m

Week 2

2 hours to complete


2 hours to complete
2 videos (Total 10 min), 2 readings, 1 quiz
2 videos
Tips for SNAP5m
2 readings
Steps of SNAP15m
Putting SNAP into Practice1h
1 practice exercise
Steps of SNAP10m

Week 3

5 hours to complete

Communication in Palliative Care

5 hours to complete
11 videos (Total 54 min), 6 readings, 1 quiz
11 videos
Feeling Heard and Understood1m
A Conversation Between Ollie, Judy, and Bob11m
Transmission vs. Transactional Communication2m
Transactional Style of Communications3m
Effective Communications Can Be Healing6m
Understanding the Severity of an Illness, Importance of Informed Consent, and Plan for an Uncertained Future6m
Introduction to Sharing Bad News2m
6 readings
Feeling Heard and Understood1h
Ollie Green Story and Case Study: Background10m
Next Steps55m
Tips for Better Communications30m
1 practice exercise
Communication Skills in Palliative Care30m

Week 4

4 hours to complete

Effective Palliative Care Begins with Self-Awareness

4 hours to complete
7 videos (Total 22 min), 3 readings, 2 quizzes
7 videos
Importance of Self-Awareness3m
Reflecting on Your Values and Beliefs3m
Reflecting on Health3m
Reflecting on Illness3m
Reflecting on Dying3m
I'm Not Judgmental!4m
3 readings
Why Do I Need To Be Self-Aware?1h
Reflecting on Your Values and Beliefs10m
I'm Not Judgmental!40m
1 practice exercise
I'm Not Judgmental15m



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About the Palliative Care: It's Not Just Hospice Anymore Specialization

People living with serious, life-limiting, chronic illness experience significant suffering. Fortunately there are new and developing treatments which may cure some and improve survival for many people living with serious illness. However, seriously ill people and their loved ones still experience many distressing physical symptoms as well as spiritual, social and psychological distress. There is much we can do to support people to live well with serious and life-limiting illness by understanding the causes of suffering, using effective communications, and incorporating careful assessments and interventions designed to address specific needs. The Palliative Care: It’s not Just Hospice Specialization covers core concepts on the nature of suffering and demonstrates how to evaluate suffering and illustrates this in realistic patient scenarios. In subsequent weeks we learn and practice specific skills to improve communication with patients and families to help them express their experience, express and understand their core goals and values and our own empathic response. You will also learn about specific problems such as physical pain, fatigue and shortness of breath as well as psychological issues such as depression and anxiety. In addition, spiritual and social distress will be discussed with a focus on the practical evaluation and management of these challenges. All of these skills will enable you to support people to live active and full lives despite serious illness....
Palliative Care: It's Not Just Hospice Anymore

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