CPD Points: 2 (General) & 3 (Ethics) CEUs from CMSA 3 pts from CPSC 2.5 pts from SACSSP
What is the course about?
This course offers people working with or caring for children who have life-threatening or life-limiting conditions knowledge on how to improve their communication skills both privately and within a work environment, with an emphasis on the unique skills needed when working with children needing palliative care and their families. The course covers the following key elements:
What is communication, communication styles and the value of being a good communicator
Skills needed to communicate effectively within a broad spectrum of healthcare settings
How to prepare for and hold difficult conversations, including how to break bad news to children and families
Communicating with newly bereaved and grieving parents and family members
Appropriate communication with children of different ages and stages of development
How to talk to children about their own illness and death
Making the best use of internet connectivity when providing palliative care to children
Why take the course?
“Communication is an essential part of life and a crucial factor in medical care. Within a palliative care scenario, it is even more imperative. The Patch Academy module on communication highlights why this is so important and provides key information on how to talk to caregivers and children about goals of care as well as breaking bad news. This is an area many of us struggle with and the information within this module will change the way you practice.”
Tracey Brand Director, Co-Founder and Medical Social Worker Umduduzi Hospice Care for Children