Respecting Choices© First Steps© ACP Facilitator Certification Course

February 24, 2017, 8am-4:30 pm
14 Contact Hours for Nurses, Nursing Home Administrators and Social Workers
Location:  Empath Health, 5771 Roosevelt Blvd., Clearwater
Registration: $300

Do you talk with patients and families about medical treatment decisions? This training is designed to help participants learn the skills needed to facilitate person-centered Advance Care Planning (ACP) discussions and to assist in the creation of a living will that effectively conveys future medical decisions.  This course has two parts. Part I consists of a series of four on-line critical-thinking learning modules. Part II consists of a 1-day in-classroom training that includes lecture, videos, role-playing and group discussion.  Upon registration participants will receive an e-mail with instructions on how to access the pre-requisite on-line modules.

Respecting Choices© Refresher (for returning students only)

February 24, 2017, 8am-4:30 pm
8 Contact Hours for Nurses, Nursing Home Administrators and Social Workers
Location:  Empath Health, 5771 Roosevelt Blvd., Clearwater
Early Bird (by 1/31/17) Registration: $35 – Registration:  $50 (after 2/1/17)

Individuals who have already completed the First Steps© ACP Facilitator Certification Course or the Last Steps© POLST Facilitator training are invited to this day-long refresher.  The in-classroom training includes lecture, videos, role-playing and group discussion. Come and receive the latest materials and review your facilitation skills.  Participants taking the Refresher will not need to retake the on-line modules.

Who Should Attend

The target audience is interprofessional and includes physicians, nurse practitioners, nurses, nursing home administrators, social workers, clergy/faith leaders, community volunteers/leaders, attorneys, and others involved in ACP.

Course Objectives
  • Learn strategies to engage others in understanding what advance care planning entails and how their values and needs shape their medical decision-making.
  • Demonstrate skills and competencies to explore the advance care planning needs of healthy individuals as well as individuals with chronic, progressive illness and those in long-term care.
  • Learn strategies for creating a clear, thorough and accurate advance directive.
  • Clarify the legal, medical and ethical issues in the advance care planning process.
  • Understand tools and practices to assist with advance care planning and advance directives.
Topics Covered Include
  • Role of the facilitator
  • The process of advance care planning
  • Facilitation/interview skills
  • Role play scenarios
  • Specific issues for individuals with chronic illnesses
  • Value-based decision making
  • Choices about life-sustaining treatments
  • Understanding patient goals for care
  • Weighing benefits and burdens
  • What makes a good healthcare surrogate
  • Creating an effective living will
  • The decision-making hierarchy
  • Strategies to promote advance care planning
Why Our Training Improves Outcomes
  • Assists in providing care and treatment that is consistent with patient goals and values
  • Provides helpful strategies for initiating and guiding discussions among providers, patients, and their loved ones, easing the burdens of uncertainty and improving the efficiency of surrogate decision making
  • Results in high patient and family satisfaction with ACP conversations
  • Standardizes the delivery of a consistent ACP message through a systems approach
  • Decreases moral distress of healthcare providers when working with patient and surrogate end-of-life decision making
  • Promotes timely and appropriate referrals for other needed services
  • Shifts time spent by physician and healthcare team on crisis end-of-life decision making to time spent on early and effective ACP
  • Aligns with many organizational goals and standards for best practice
  • Improves clinical competency and comfort level with ACP conversations
Continuing Education Credits

The Respecting Choices® course is approved for contact hours for a total of 14.25 hours for registered nurses and social workers.

Continuing education credits are provided as follows:

RN’s and Social Workers Online Module: 6.25 hours
RN’s and Social Workers Classroom Training: 8 hours

Contact hours for on-line modules for nurses provided via Gundersen Lutheran Inc. through the Nurses Association Continuing Education Approval Program Committee, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation, and social workers through the Association of Social Work Boards provider #1089.

Contact hours for classroom training provided via the Suncoast Hospice CE Broker Provider #50-1994 for nurses, marriage and family therapists, mental health counselors, social workers and nursing home administrators.

All others will receive a certificate of completion.

Upon successful completion, the participant will become certified as a Respecting Choices First Steps® Advance Care Planning Facilitator.

Certificates and classroom training contact hours will be presented upon completion of the course.