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End of life doula (BREV 1100)

Given the directive from Douglas College dated March 16, 2020 the Continuing Education Health Sciences department will be transitioning to online learning effective immediately. We are making every effort to continue with our course offerings as planned as to minimize any disruptions to registrants. If an upcoming course offering is going to be cancelled we will contact you directly ahead of time to let you know and to review your options. Although the BREV 1100 course is traditionally a face-to-face course, it will temporarily be offered as a live-instruction, online course. Details are still being finalized and will be provided to registrants ahead of time. 

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Tuition
Pre-requisite
Registration and Course Start
2020 Winter dates
2020 Spring 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 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 book:

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

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

 

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 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.

 

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 Winter Dates (pls check back for updates on locations & occasionally, added offerings)

Mar 13-15 & 20-22 11115

Barrie, ON

Location: Super 8

F's, 6-9,
Sat-Sun's 9-4:30
CLASS FULL

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

*CHANGE:  online

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

CLASS FULL

Apr 17-19 & 24-26 21112

Kingston, ON

*CHANGE:  online

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

Edmonton, AB

*CHANGE:  online

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

Swift Current, SK

*CHANGE:  online

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

*NEW*

Apr 20-24 

21156

Squamish, BC

*CHANGE:  online

 M-Th, 9-4:30, F 9-4 CLASS FULL
May 4-8 21123

Castlegar, BC

Location: Sandman Hotel Castlegar

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

*NEWLY ADDED:

May 4-8

21169

Coquitlam, BC

Location:  Douglas College

M-Th, 9-4:30, F 9-4  CLASS FULL
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: Saskatchewan Polytechnic

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

New Westminster, BC            (changed from Coquitlam)

Location:  Douglas College

F's, 6-9,
Sat-Sun's 9-4:30
CLASS FULL
Jun 5-7 & 12-14 21116

London, ON

Location: Fanshawe College

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

Calgary, AB

Location: Mount Royal University

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

Course Registration Numbers & additional locations will be updated soon - please check back regularly.

 Jul 3-5, 10-12 21236

Hamilton, ON

Location: in progress

 F's, 6-9,
Sat-Sun's 9-4:30
 Jun 19/20 
 Jul 6-10            21257     

Penticton, BC

Location:  in progress                            

 M-Th, 9-4:30,
 
F 9-4               

 Jun 26/20  
 Jul 6-10  21237

Winnipeg, MB

Location: in progress

 M-Th, 9-4:30,
 F 9-4     
 Jun 22/20
 Aug 10-14 21238

Ottawa, ON

Location: in progress

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

Victoria, BC

Location:  in progress 

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

Halifax, NS

Location: in progress

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

Brockville, ON

Location: in progress

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

Revelstoke, BC

Location:  in progress

 M-Th, 9-4:30,
 
F 9-4    
 Aug 14/20

2020 Fall Dates (pls check back for updates on additional locations & Course Registration Numbers):

 Sep 11-13, 18-20 31101

Kitchener, ON

Location: in progress

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

Coquitlam, BC

Location:  Douglas College                     

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

Yorkton, SK

Location: in progress

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

Medicine Hat, AB

Location:  in progress

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

Nelson, BC

Location:  in progress

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

Cornwall, ON

Location: in progress

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

Sudbury, ON

Location: in progress

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

Nanaimo, BC

Location:  in progress

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

Lloydminister, AB

Location:  in progress

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

Regina, SK

Location: in progress

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

Peterborough, ON

Location: in progress

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

Calgary, AB

Location:  in progress

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

New Westminster, BC

Location:  Douglas College

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

Brandon, MB

Location: in progress

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

Brampton, ON

Location: in progress

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

Kelowna, BC

Location:  in progress

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

Perth, ON

Location: in progress

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

Lethbridge, AB

Location:  in progress

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

Thunder Bay, ON

Location: in progress

 M-Th, 9-4:30,
 F 9-4  
 Nov 27/20

 

 

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