Continuing Education Opportunities

Clinical Care Issues

Developing Cultural Competence and Humility in Healthcare Settings

The goal of this seminar is to increase the knowledge of clinicians on the meaning of illness, suffering and dying to patients and families, the ways in which cultural beliefs influence decision-making about medical and end-of-life care and strategies for supporting the delivery of culturally sensitive care. #058

Essentials of In-Patient Hospice

This session focuses on the specialized care within an inpatient hospice setting and differentiates it from end-of-life care in other settings. #043

The Power of Music and Massage Therapies

Attendees will learn interventions that may be used for symptom management with dementia patients as well as self-care interventions and their benefits. #057

Practical Pain Management

Participants will learn about physiologic differences in types of pain and ways to implement effective treatment approaches and best practice guidelines. #013

Practical Pain Management in Long Term Care

Participants will improve their skills in assessing and treating pain using a variety of tools to ensure compliance with regulatory standards. #042

What if I Can’t Tell You About My Pain?

Participants will improve their skills in assessing and treating pain in non-verbal patients. #028

Don’t Just Do Something – Sit There!

The purpose of this activity is to develop confidence and skills in providing support to individuals who are non-verbal. #016

Patient & Family Care

Establishing Rapport

Participants will learn strategies for establishing rapport with anxious and resistant patients and learn how to apply “emotion-programming” techniques. #023

Helping Families Make Tough Decisions

Participants will learn how to address common challenges faced by the families of older adults, with a focus on dementia. #039

Leaving a Legacy

Participants will learn to encourage patients to come to an understanding of the impact they have had on others, how they will be remembered and what they are leaving for the next generation. #056

Advance Care Planning and Ethics

End-of-Life Care Decisions: Advanced Directives and Power of Attorney

Participants will learn how to have conversations with patients and families so that their choices will be honored in the event of incapacity. Planning tools will be identified and used in this session. #018

Ethical Boundaries for Healthcare Professionals

Ethical issues are inherent in care provided to patients and families facing the end of life. Participants will learn how to be better advocates for patients and to use professional codes and standards in ethics. #004

Five Wishes

This session focuses on Five Wishes, the first living will that outlines personal, emotional and spiritual needs as well as medical wishes. The Five Wishes lets patients dictate exactly how they wish to be treated if they get seriously ill. #Non-CE

Making the Most of POLST: Physician Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment

Participants will learn how to have conversations with patients and their legal representatives regarding end-of-life care decisions and to put their preferences into actionable orders. #008

Medicare’s Best Kept Secrets: Hospice and Palliative Care

Participants will learn the differences between these related types of care and be able to identify who can benefit from either one in a timely fashion. #027

Dementia-Specific Care Issues

Creative Responses to Challenging Behaviors

Participants will learn to identify physical, emotional and environmental triggers and learn effective care giving strategies. #007

Learning to Speak Dementia

Participants will better understand communication barriers posed by dementia and how to overcome them through listening and speaking skills. #012

Making Sense of Memory Loss

Participants will learn to distinguish between normal cognitive changes in aging and many types of brain disorders. Current research about risk reduction will be explained. #041

Preparing for Comfort in Advanced Dementia

People with dementia may be subjected to burdensome medical interventions. This session focuses on ways to promote their comfort until the end of life through best care practices. #020

Intimacy and Sexuality in Dementia

The purpose of this program is to educate professionals about the challenging issues of intimacy and sexuality that pertain to people with dementia and their caregivers. #009

Anti-Psychotic Medications: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

Upon completion of the program, nurses will be able to accurately identify when to administer anti-psychotic medications in elders with dementia after intervening with non-drug strategies and only when therapeutically necessary. #010

Living with Loss

Communicating Compassion


The purpose of this activity is to increase the knowledge of clinical and non-clinical staff on strategies to comfort and counsel bereaved people. #002

Compassion Fatigue

Participants will learn strategies for coping with the stressors and compassion fatigue associated with helping professions. #022

Grief in the Workplace

This session will identify ways that the workplace can provide support to a grieving care provider. #005

Little People, Big Hurts

Participants will learn ways to help children who are dealing with the serious illness or the impending death of a significant person. #017

Where Hope Seems Lost, Creating New Hope

The purpose of this activity is to enhance knowledge of clinical and non-clinical staff on the topic of creating hope amid grief and loss. #026

Working with Children: Bedside Toolkit for the Home

The purpose of this activity is to increase skills for how to assess, initiate and facilitate helpful interactions with children and their families using the Bedside Toolkit. #064


To request a Continuing Education Opportunity, please contact:

Lisa Miller 
Executive Assistant, LIFE Institute for Learning
847-653-3250 |