End of life doula (BREV 1100)


Due to the evolving situation with COVID-19, the Continuing Education Health Sciences department has transitioned to fully online learning. We are making every effort to continue with our course offerings as planned in order to minimize any disruptions to registrants. Although the BREV 1100 course is traditionally a face-to-face course, it will temporarily be offered as a live-instruction, online course via Blackboard Collaborate Ultra through the end of the year. The website will be updated to reflect decisions as they are made. Details regarding the changes will be provided to registrants via email ahead of time. Thank you for your continued patience and understanding.

Tuition     Registration     2020 Summer dates     2020 Fall dates

 

Course Name

End of Life Doula

Course Description

This course is designed for individuals who have been or will be called upon to provide care, support and advocacy for someone who is facing the end of their life. Students in this course develop an understanding of how the continuity of care and advocacy they provide complements the end of life care provided by the medical community and hospice palliative care workers and volunteers.

 

Whether you are a family caregiver seeking a deeper understanding of the questions and issues that arise at end of life, or are planning to open a practice as an End of Life Doula, this course will provide you with opportunities to discuss issues, ask questions, and find a community of practice that can support you as a caregiver through the end of life journey.

 

For more information about the community of practice for End of Life Doulas, please contact The End of Life Doula Association of Canada.

Subject Code

BREV 1100

Learning Objectives

By the end of this course, students will be able to:

 

  • describe end of life care and the role of the end-of-life doula;
  • discuss a range of beliefs and practices surrounding death;
  • demonstrate effective communication skills;
  • understand the complexity of grief and demonstrate effective responses to expressions of grief;
  • understand and demonstrate the use of Advanced Care Planning tools
  • understand the legalities of funeral practices in the Province; and
  • understand the end-of-life doula community of practice.

Tuition

$750.00

 

Textbooks not included in tuition fee. 

Pre-requisite

There are no formal prerequisites for this course, but completion of English 12 with a minimum grade of “C” or proof of equivalent as outlined in detail on the General Admission Information page is assumed.

Students who register are understood to be confirming successful completion of this expectation.

Course Content

Topics covered include:

 

  • palliative care and the complementary role of the end of life doula;
  • changing demographics and its effect on the health care system;
  • cross-cultural and religious beliefs and practices surrounding death;
  • effective communication skills;
  • vigiling and vigil support
  • complexity of grief and grieving, and the variety of coping mechanisms employed by the bereaved;
  • community resources available;
  • importance of and tools for Advanced Care Planning;
  • ethics and legal requirements; and
  • building a community of practice.

Please click here for course outline.

Learning Resources

Required book as of September 1, 2020:

  • Fersko-Weiss, Henry (2020), Finding Peace at the End of Life, A Death Doula’s Guide for Families and Caregivers

 *suggested to read in advance, however can be read during course also (approx 1.5hrs of reading/night)
 

Additional recommended books:

  • Okun, B. (2012) Saying Goodbye: A Guide to Coping with a Loved One’s Terminal Illness, NY: Berkley Books
     
  • Kessler, D. (2007) The Needs of the Dying, NY: Harper Collins

Contact the Douglas College Bookstore or local/online bookseller for prices and ordering information.

Please purchase the book in advance of the course start date.

Instruction Method

This is traditionally a classroom-based course, however courses have presently been moved to online delivery, until the end of 2020. Students are expected to participate in class discussions.

 

You will need a computer that is connected to the internet to access the Blackboard Collaborate virtual platform. We recommend using either Chrome or Firefox as your browser. As your course includes live sessions, you will also need to enable your computer's audio and microphone to participate.

 

You can check if your computer is compatible with Blackboard Collaborate here and check to see if your browser is compatible here.

 

Assignments

Two (approx 30-60mins ea) take-home assignments and two in-class assignments.

Grading

This course is graded on a Mastery/Non-mastery basis.  Continuing Education Certificate of Course Completion issued for successful participants of the course.

Completion Timeframe

32 hours

Registration and Course Start

Registration is easy: simply call CE Registration at 604-527-5472 and quote the CRN (below) for the session you are interested in. Payment of the tuition fee must accompany registration.

 

Instructions on how to access your course materials will be emailed to you by the Program Assistant within five (5) business days prior to your chosen course start date.

 

Please note: while the College does everything it can to ensure that courses will proceed, we reserve the right to cancel an offering up to one week prior to the start date if minimum enrollment numbers are not met. Full refunds will be issued in the event of cancellation. 

 


2020 Summer Dates:

 

Course Dates CRN Province Schedule Reg Deadline
 Aug 10-14 21238

Ontario

Location: Online

M-Th, 9-4:30,  F 9-4      Jul 27/20
 Aug 17-21 21259

BC

Location: Online 

 M-Th, 9-4:30,  F 9-4       Aug 7/20
 Aug 17-21 21239

Nova Scotia

Location: Online

 M-Th, 9-4:30,  F 9-4       Aug 7/20
 Aug 21-23, 28-30 21240

Ontario

Location: Online

 F's, 6-9, Sat-Sun's 9-4:30  Aug 7/20
 Aug 24-28 21260

BC

Location:  Online

 M-Th, 9-4:30,  F 9-4      Aug 14/20

 

2020 Fall Dates:

Course Dates CRN Province Schedule Reg Deadline

Sep 9-Nov 18

(no class Nov 11)
31178

Ontario

Location: Online

Wed's 6-9pm Aug 31/20

Sep 9-Nov 18

(no class Nov 11)

31175

BC

Location: Online

Wed's 6-9pm Aug 31/20
 Sep 11-13, 18-20 31101

Ontario

Location: Online

F's, 6-9, Sat-Sun's 9-4:30  Aug 28/20
Sep 12, 19, 26 Oct 3,10, 17           31111      

BC

Location:  Online                    

4xSat's, 9-4:30 1xSat, 9-4           Sep 4/20   
 Sep 14-18 31102

Saskatchewan

Location: Online

M-Th, 9-4:30,  F 9-4  Aug 31/20
Sep 21-25 31112

Alberta

Location:  Online

 M-Th, 9-4:30,  F 9-4   Sep 11/20 
Sep 21-25  31113 

BC

Location:  Online

 M-Th, 9-4:30,  F 9-4   Sep 11/20 
 Oct 2-4, 9-11 31103

Ontario

Location: Online

F's, 6-9, Sat-Sun's 9-4:30  Sep 18/20
 Oct 5-9 31104

Ontario

Location: Online

M-Th, 9-4:30,  F 9-4    Sep 21/20
Oct 19-23  31114

BC

Location:  Online

 M-Th, 9-4:30,  F 9-4   Oct 9/20 
Oct 26-30  31115

Alberta

Location:  Online

 M-Th, 9-4:30,  F 9-4   Oct 16/20 
 Oct 26-30 31105

Saskatchewan

Location: Online

M-Th, 9-4:30,  F 9-4   Oct 16/20
 Oct 26-30 31106

Ontario

Location: Online

M-Th, 9-4:30,  F 9-4   Oct 16-20
Nov 16-20  31116 

Alberta

Location:  Online

 M-Th, 9-4:30,  F 9-4   Nov 6/20 
Nov 16-20  31117

BC

Location:  Online

 M-Th, 9-4:30,  F 9-4   Nov 6/20 
 Nov 16-20 31107

Manitoba

Location: Online

M-Th, 9-4:30,  F 9-4   Nov 6/20
 Nov 20-22, 27-29 31108

Ontario

Location: Online

F's, 6-9, Sat-Sun's 9-4:30 Nov 9/20
Nov 30-Dec 4  31118

BC

Location:  Online

 M-Th, 9-4:30,  F 9-4   Nov 20/20 
 Dec 4-6, 11-13 31109

Ontario

Location: Online

M-Th, 9-4:30,  F 9-4    Nov 23/20
Dec 7-11  31119 

Alberta

Location:  Online

 M-Th, 9-4:30,  F 9-4   Nov 27/20 
 Dec 7-11 31110

Ontario

Location: Online

M-Th, 9-4:30,  F 9-4    Nov 27/20