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End of life doula (BREV 1100)

Tuition
Pre-requisite
Registration and Course Start
2019 Fall Dates
2020 Winter dates
2020 Spring dates

*2020 Winter & Spring dates, posted below*

 

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 LPI score of 4 or equivalent 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:

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

Kessler, D. (2007) The Needs of the Dying, NY: Harper Collins

**IMPORTANT:  FOR COURSES IN 2020, REQUIRED READING IS:

Fersko-Weiss, Henry (2017), Caring for the Dying:  The Doula Approach to a Meaningful Death, Conari Press

 

Recommended:

Okun, B. (2012) Saying Goodbye: A Guide to Coping with a Loved One’s Terminal Illness, NY: Berkley Books

 

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 a classroom-based course. Students are expected to participate in class discussions.

 

 

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 Completion issued for successful participants of the course.

 

 

Completion Timeframe

 

5 days (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.

 

 
If you have questions that are not answered within this provided information or regarding locations & dates, please email:  cehs@douglascollege.ca  Winter/spring 2020 dates posted below.

2019 Fall Dates (pls check back for updates on locations):

Course
Dates

(5 day
program)
 

 CRN

City, Province 

Location

 

Schedule 

Reg.
Deadline

Nov 2, 9, 16, 23,

30

31129

Coquitlam, BC

Douglas College

4xSat, 9-4:30, 1xSat 9-4
CLASS FULL
Nov 15-17, 22-24  31124

Peterborough, ON

Best Western Otanabee Inn

F's, 6-9, 
Sat-Sun's 9-4:30 
CLASS FULL 
Nov 25-29 31140

Grande Prairie, AB

Stonebridge Hotel

M-Th, 9-4:30, F 9-4

*deadline extended

Nov 18/19

Dec 2-6 31250

Kenora, ON

Kenora Recreation Centre

M-Th, 9-4:30, F 9-4 CANCELLED

*NEW*

Dec 2-6

31247

Squamish, BC

Quest University

M-Th, 9-4:30, F 9-4  CLASS FULL

2020 Winter Dates (pls check back for updates on locations):

Course
Dates

(5 day
program)

CRN

City, Province

Location

 

Schedule

Reg.
Deadline

Jan 13-17 11106

Saskatoon, SK

Location: Sandman Inn

M-Th, 9-4:30, F 9-4
Jan 3/20
Jan 13-17 11137

Victoria, BC

Location: in progress

M-Th, 9-4:30, F 9-4
Jan 3/20
Jan 13-17 11107

Winnipeg, MB

Location: in progress

M-Th, 9-4:30, F 9-4
Jan 3/20
Jan 17-19 & 24-26 11108

Belleville, ON

Location: in progress

F's, 6-9,
Sat-Sun's 9-4:30
Jan 10/20
Feb 3-7 11138

Red Deer, AB

Location: in progress

M-Th, 9-4:30, F 9-4
Jan 24/20
Feb 3-7 11109

Thunder Bay, ON

Location: in progress

M-Th, 9-4:30, F 9-4

Jan 24/20

Feb 3-7 11110

Truro, NS

Location: in progress

M-Th, 9-4:30, F 9-4
Jan 24/20

Feb 14-16 & Feb 28-Mar 1

11139

New Westminster, BC

Douglas College

F's, 6-9,
Sat-Sun's 9-4:30
Feb 7/20
Feb 21-23 & Feb 28-Mar 1 11112

Ottawa, ON

Location: in progress

F's, 6-9,
Sat-Sun's 9-4:30
Feb 14/20

*NEWLY ADDED:

Feb 24-28

11155  Whitehorse, YT M-Th, 9-4:30, F 9-4  Feb 14/20
Mar 6-8 & 13-15 11113

Regina, SK

Location: Sandman Hotel & Suites

F's, 6-9,
Sat-Sun's 9-4:30
Feb 28/20
Mar 9-13 11140

Smithers, BC

Location: in progress

M-Th, 9-4:30, F 9-4 Feb 28/10
Mar 13-15 & 20-22 11115

Barrie, ON

Location: in progress

F's, 6-9,
Sat-Sun's 9-4:30
Mar 6/20

2020 Spring Dates (pls check back for updates on locations):

Course
Dates

(5 day
program)

CRN

City, Province

Location

 

Schedule

Reg.
Deadline

Apr 6-10 21121

Nanaimo, BC

Location: in progress

M-Th, 9-4:30, F 9-4
Mar 27/20
Apr 17-19 & 24-26 21112

Kingston, ON

Location: Queen's University

F's, 6-9,
Sat-Sun's 9-4:30
Apr 3/20
Apr 20-24 21122

Edmonton, AB

Location: in progress

M-Th, 9-4:30, F 9-4
Apr 9/20
Apr 20-24 21113

Swift Current, SK

Location: in progress

M-Th, 9-4:30, F 9-4 Apr 9/20

*NEW*

Apr 20-24 

TBA

Squamish, BC

Location:  in progress

 M-Th, 9-4:30, F 9-4 Apr 9/20 
May 4-8 21123

Castlegar, BC

Location: in progress

M-Th, 9-4:30, F 9-4
Apr 24/20
May 4-8 21114

Sault Ste. Marie, ON

Location: in progress

M-Th, 9-4:30, F 9-4

Apr 24/20

May 8-10 & 15-17 21115

Whitby, ON

Location: in progress

F's, 6-9,
Sat-Sun's 9-4:30
May 1/20
May 11-15 21124

Fort McMurray, AB

Location: in progress

M-Th, 9-4:30, F 9-4 May 1/20

May 15-17 & 22-24

21118

Moose Jaw, SK

Location: in progress

F's, 6-9,
Sat-Sun's 9-4:30
May 8/20
Jun 5-7 & 19-21 21130

Coquitlam, BC

Douglas College

F's, 6-9,
Sat-Sun's 9-4:30
May 29/20
Jun 5-7 & 12-14 21116

London, ON

Location: in progress

F's, 6-9,
Sat-Sun's 9-4:30
May 29/20
Jun 8-12 21126

Calgary, AB

Location: in progress

M-Th, 9-4:30, F 9-4 May 29/10
Jun 15-19 21117

Brandon, MB

Location: Brandon University

M-Th, 9-4:30, F 9-4 Jun 5/20

 

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