Interdisciplinary Palliative Education

May 2022

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VON Durham provides education and consultation regarding Advance Care Planning, death, dying, grief, and bereavement to both individuals and groups in the community. Education and consultation for healthcare providers is also available for Palliative Pain and Symptom Management.



These courses are designed to increase hospice palliative care expertise at all levels of care and scope of practice. They encompass all facets of palliative care to varying degrees including: disease management, physical, psychological, and spiritual issues, end-of-life care, grief and loss, and self-care. Certificates are issued upon successful completion of courses. 

  • Fundamentals of Hospice Palliative Care (FHPC) 

This 6-week long course emphasizes the importance of demonstrating sensitivity, understanding, and respect for all in order to improve the experience of those who are at end of life. This training is appropriate for healthcare professionals (PSWs, RNs, RPNs, SW, and more), volunteers, or community members wishing to increase their awareness of hospice palliative care. 

Advanced Palliative Practice Skills Program (APPS) 

The Advanced Palliative Practice Skills (APPS) program is an educational opportunity for Personal Support Workers (PSWs), Health Care Aides and Hospice Volunteers who are graduates of the Core Fundamentals of Hospice Palliative Care Program and who are currently working or volunteering in palliative care. APPS is a 6-week long course.Personal Support Workers who have successfully completed FHPC may further their knowledge and skills with this practical course. 

  • Enhanced Fundamentals of Hospice Palliative Care (EFHPC) 

This 2-week curriculum focuses on enhancing knowledge and skills in hospice palliative care and is available for Registered Nurses (RNs), Nurse Practitioners (NPs), and Registered Practical Nurses (RPNs) who have completed the Fundamentals training.

Thursdays: April 19th and 26th from 5:30 – 8:30 PM. We will be offering this training virtually by Zoom. 

Register here: EFHPC

  • Comprehensive Advanced Hospice Palliative Care Education Program for Nurses (CAPCE)

RNs and RPNs with passion for, and experience in, palliative care are encouraged to continue their education with this course designed to develop nurses as leaders and experts in hospice palliative care. Classes are held over several months and include homework, applications, and individual mentoring. Prerequisites include the successful completion of the Fundamentals of Hospice Palliative Care and Enhanced Fundamentals of Hospice Palliative Care. This course is usually 18 weeks in duration. 

CAPCE occurs once annually. Our next program start date is tentatively scheduled for January 2022. If you are interested in learning more about CAPCE, please call us: 905-240-4522.

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