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Advanced Palliative Practice Skills (APPS)

Designed for Personal Support Workers (PSWs) and Health Care Aides who want to enhance their knowledge and skills in palliative and end of life care.

Prerequisite: You must have successfully completed the Fundamentals of Hospice Palliative Care course before registering for Advanced Palliative Practice Skills (APPS).

When finished the course, you’ll:

  • have an enhanced understanding and respect for the role of PSWs/Health Care Aides in providing a palliative approach
  • be more self-aware when providing hospice palliative care
  • have an enhanced understanding of loss and grief
  • be able to identify opportunities and strategies around symptom management
  • have an enhanced understanding of comfort measures at end of life
  • have an enhanced understanding of ethical challenges at end of life
  • be able to actively contribute to a team approach

Course Topics

  • Welcome to APPS & e-Learning
  • Roles in Caregiving: Therapeutic Communication & Self-Care
  • Considering Advance Care Planning, Ethics, Loss & Grief
  • Tools for Symptom Management including a Focus on Pain
  • Psychological Issues & Spiritual Issues
  • Skin Care and the Dying Process
  • After Death Care and Bereavement

Course Format

This is a virtual, 8-week course offered 1-2 times per year and consists of:

  • Weekly self-directed readings, reflections, discussion forums and videos
  • 3 live virtual classroom sessions
  • Two peer-to-peer exchanges

Access to an internet-enabled computer, tablet or smart phone with a microphone and camera is required to access the learning platform and participate in virtual classroom sessions. All program materials are accessed online on the Partnering for Palliative Education platform through D2L’s Brightspace Learning Environment.  If this is a barrier, please contact us.



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Contact Information

JC Sagar, 905-827-8111 or 1-800-426-9666 x2510

Contact us to learn more.
905-827-8111 or 1-800-426-9666

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