HLT3110 Interview Techniques & Interventions in Palliative Care

Course Overview

Educational Level: Upper undergraduate, Bachelor
Credit Hours: 3 Credits
Instructor: Dr. David Simmons

Course Description:

Addressing the challenges of life-limiting or life-ending illness with those in distress demands the best from medical or pastoral caregivers. In this course, students will study, engage, and practice the vital communication skills necessary for empathic engagement with the seriously ill and their families. The broader use of palliative care interventions will also be examined and applied to real world case studies so that caregivers can engage effectively the needs of the seriously ill.

How This Course Benefits Students:

Anyone engaging people with serious illness at the end of their lives will feel uncomfortable and anxious. Students will develop the skills to manage that anxiety, engage the challenges of talking to the seriously ill, and serve a therapeutic role in the life of the patient. This course establishes basic skills for communicating with palliative care patients.

Why This Course Is Important:

Interview techniques and effective interventions with seriously ill persons are lacking in the healthcare system. Most caregivers are racked with anxiety around these conversations. This course will equip students to practically, calmly, and effecdtively engage conversations that many fear to engage.