Regional ELNEC Training/Train-the-Trainer Courses

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Regional Training Sessions and Conferences

Other Non-ELNEC Educational Opportunities

Palliative Care Resources

Click here for a listing of national ELNEC Train-The-Trainer Courses

Regional Training Sessions and Conferences

ELNEC-Core Training Course: January 12, 2017; Greenville, NC

For further information and/or to register, contact Vicki Dougherty at, 252-341-3986.

ELNEC-Core Training Course: January 18 & 25; Newnan, GA
For further information and/or to register, contact Betsy Jackson at or 678-591-9744. 

ELNEC-Core Train-the-Trainer Course: February 9 & 10, 2017; Stanford, CA
For more information and/or to register, contact Karla Schroeder at or 650-850-2048. 

ELNEC-Core Training Course: February 15 & 22; Newnan, GA
For further information and/or to register, contact Betsy Jackson at or 678-591-9744.

ELNEC-Pediatric Palliative Care Train-the-Trainer Course: March 21, 2017; Philadelphia, PA
View further information and/or to register.

ELNEC-Critical Care Train-the-Trainer Course: May 16 & 17, 2017; Madison, WI
For further information and/or to register, contact Beth Fahlberg at or 608-890-3628.

ELNEC-Core Training Course: May 24 & 30, 2017; Vancouver, WA
For further information and/or to register, contact Karla Hawke at or 520-204-5528.

ELNEC-Core Training Course:  June 27 & 28, 2017; Minneapolis, MN
For further information and/or to register, contact Linda Checky at or 612-873-2225. 

Non-ELNEC Educational Opportunities


January 26, 2017: Perspectives in Nursing & Healthcare 2017
The Henry Hood Center for Health Research, Danville PA. Registration link:

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The Avila Institute of Gerontology, the educational arm of the Carmelite Sisters for the Aged and Infirm, has modified the ELNEC curriculum to include a session describing how to implement a formal palliative care program in long-term care. We are grateful to ELNEC for the excellent materials and workshops they provide which enabled us to provide a training program specific to long-term care using their curriculum. If you have any questions, please contact Sr. Peter Lillian at To learn more about us, visit our website The Avila Institute of Gerontology is also offering a quick reference guide that gives the death and dying rituals to different religions including: Hindu, Jewish, Christian, Muslim, Sikh, Buddhist and Taoist. The booklet will be available later this summer, advance orders can be made using this order form.

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January 18, 2017: Preparing Doctoral Students to Meet the Complex Needs of the Nation’s Seriously Ill, Pre-Conference at the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) Doctoral Conference, University of San Diego.
Betty Ferrell, PhD, RN, MA, CHPN, FPCN, FAAN will be the keynote speaker for this event and will be speaking, along with other national leaders. For more information, visit the event page.

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9th Annual Palliative Care Cruise and Learn
April 3-8, 2017 leaving from Tampa with stops in Cozumel & Grand Cayman on board Royal Caribbean's Brilliance of the Seas
6-12 contact hours on board for Hot Topics in Palliative Care 2017 and Stories With a Message
For more information, contact: Cyndi Cramer

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COMFORT: Communication Modules
The COMFORT modules are offered to assist health care professionals in their practice of narrative health care and patient-centered communication in end-of-life care. For further information, go to

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Training Materials for Religio-Cultural Competence 
In a country where 92% of U.S. residents believe in God, religion is one of the key social factors that can affect medical care.  Unfortunately, this topic receives very little attention in cultural competency training. As a result, today’s physicians are faced with increasingly diverse patient populations with needs that they don’t have the skills to manage.

To address this gap in education, Tanenbaum, in collaboration with Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital of Westchester New York, developed an extensive and comprehensive set of training materials on what we call “religio-cultural competence.”
These teaching materials serve as a resource for residency program directors to improve the professionalism and communication skills of their residents in caring for religiously and culturally diverse patients.

About the materials: Tanenbaum offers a series of training modules guided by PowerPoint presentations and an accompanying facilitator’s guide. The facilitator’s guide provides a detailed outline for medical educators on how to present the materials and instructions for facilitating discussions and skills-building activities. For further information on this project, visit

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The Clinical Communication Collaborative, is a resource center for teaching palliative care communication. Years of research have contributed to formal development of the COMFORT communication curriculum, an evidence-based, theoretically-grounded and tested curriculum that addresses the specific role of nurses (COMFORT-NURSE) and interprofessional care (COMFORT-IPE). The website houses all needed materials, including powerpoint lectures, course activities, and assessment forms.

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Life and Death Matters:  This site offers a wide array of palliative care on-line lectures, pocasts, etc.

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Palliative Care Leadership CentersTM (PCLC)
Intensive, Customized Training and Yearlong Mentoring
Palliative Care Leadership CentersTM (PCLC) are eight leading palliative care programs that provide intensive, customized training and yearlong mentoring for palliative care programs at every stage of development and growth.
Learn more and enroll at

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Palliative Care Leadership Center (PCLC) Training
Benefit from two days of on-site, hands-on training and a full year of follow-up mentoring by training at one of six
Palliative Care Leadership CentersSM (PCLC). Learn from the experience of established palliative care programs how to finance, design, market and operate a successful program.

Interdisciplinary team approach - targeted to physicians, nurses, social workers, administrators and other healthcare professionals interested in starting palliative care programs. A national initiative of The Center to Advance Palliative Care (CAPC).

Approved for 13 Hours, Category 1, Physician CME Credit. Nursing and Social Work Accreditation Pending

Palliative Care Resources

Palliative Care Practice Guidelines:Thomas Palliative Care Services, Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU),  Massey Cancer Center, VCU Health System
Review alternative routes for opioid administration and algorithms in managing bladder spasms, dyspnea, fever, hiccoughs, pruritus, wound odor, and more. In addition, review the use of Ketamine, Lidocaine, and dexmedetomidine in palliative care. 

City of Hope Pain and Palliative Care Resource Center (PRC)
This resource includes numerous articles, books, list of videos, quality improvement initiatives, clinical and research tools addressing quality of life, pain, psychosocial assessment, medical staff knowledge and attitudes, brief pain surveys, palliative care and needs assessments from various sources. 

The Institute for Palliative Medicine (IPM) focuses on the palliative care education and research for healthcare professionals. IPM provides training to over 2,000 healthcare professionals annually, conducts research studies to improve care for patients with advanced illnesses and also has an online store for palliative care educational products. 

The IPAL-ICU Project
The IPAL-ICU Project provides essential tools and resources to support the improvement of palliative care for all ICU patients and their families. IPAL-ICU is committed to assisting providers across disciplines to deliver outstanding palliative care as an integral component of comprehensive critical care, from the time of ICU admission, regardless of prognosis. The IPAL-ICU Project is supported by the Center to Advance Palliative Care and the National Institutes of Health/National Institute on Aging.  

Launched on November 10, 2011:  IPAL-EM:  IPAL-EM (Improving Palliative Care in Emergency Medicine) is a new, national initiative to improve and integrate palliative care in emergency medicine. IPAL-EM is the only initiative of its kind.  Developed by an interdisciplinary team of experts in emergency medicine and palliative care, IPAL-EM will be the central U.S. hub for shared expertise, evidence, tools and resources.  The goal is to promote a paradigm shift in the way that patients, and their families, are cared for in the emergency department. IPAL-EM is part of The IPAL Project and is supported by the Center to Advance Palliative Care (CAPC) and the Olive Branch Foundation.  All resources are free. IPAL-EM can be found at

Palliative Care Leadership Centers™(PCLC) Intensive, Customized Training and Yearlong Mentoring
Palliative Care Leadership Centers™ (PCLC) are nine leading palliative care programs that provide intensive, customized training and yearlong mentoring for palliative care programs at every stage of development and growth. Learn more and enroll at 

LION IN THE HOUSE Educational DVD Modules Are Available
The real-life intimate case studies serve as conversation starters to assist health care professionals and students to sensitively explore issues of childhood and young adult cancer.  The seven modules include: Nurse-Patient-Family Relationships, Pediatric End-Of-Life Case Studies, Siblings Stories, Disparities, Spirituality and Childhood Cancer, Childhood Cancer and School Issues and Childhood Cancer Survivorship Stories.

These educational DVD Modules are available through Aquarius Health Care Media, or 1.888.440.2963.  The accompanying curriculum materials are available as free downloadable PDFs.

Life and Death Matters
This site provides hospice/palliative care education and resources for all caregivers.  Examples of resources include, Essentials in Hospice Palliative Care, Study Guide for Health Care Worker Students:  Essentials in Hospice Palliative Care, Reflections in Hospice Palliative Care:  A Personal Writing Journal.  You will also find some media resources and instructional videos, as well as online learning opportunities.
Click here to review resources.


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