HLT6110 Advanced Interventions in Palliative Care

Course Overview

Educational Level: Graduate, Master
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 examination and assessment of palliative care interventions will also be examined and applied to real world case studies so that caregivers can facilitate a greater quality of life for the seriously ill.

How This Course Benefits Students:

This course will equip spiritual caregivers who already have education and experience in palliative care to gain an advanced set of assessment and intervention skills. These students will engage in shared learning, offering to one another the skills they have gained in their work and lfie experience. Students will develop the latest knowledge of issues within palliative care and their effect on effective spiritual care.

Why This Course Is Important:

Spiritual care interventions with seriously ill persons are critical to a patient’s care. It is essential that advanced practitioners within healthcare can sharpen their assessment and intervention skills as they engage people with life-limiting and life ending illness.