Level 1: 4 Ethics CEUs and 2 General CEUs from CMSA (6 in total)
What is the course about?
Palliative care for children is holistic in nature so being able to provide psychological and social support to children with palliative care needs and to their family members is imperative. We acknowledge that it is sometimes easier to prescribe a medication to relieve physical pain than it is to help a child and family overcome their psychological and social problems or to help heal their spiritual pain and distress. This course provides you with the knowledge, the tools and the skills to assess psychosocial issues seriously ill children and their families face and provides excellent guidance on how to walk alongside and support them through one of life’s most difficult journeys. Key elements covered within the course include:
- Understanding the need for psychological and social support for children and families
- Developing a helping relationship with the child and family
- Accessing and harnessing community support for the child and family
- Assessing and providing for a sick child’s psychosocial needs
- Assessing and providing psychosocial support for the family, including siblings
- Supportive therapies used in children’s palliative care
- Supporting the right of children to continue their education
- Understanding the value and importance of play for children with palliative care needs
Why take the course?
“I was excited and grateful for the insight provided on this topic as it is relevant and much needed in society today. This course provides a comprehensive overview of the care needed when working with children with life-threatening and life-limiting illnesses and their families. It is empowering, equipping and user friendly. Information is well presented and flows well, engaging the learner with clear outcomes, well defined terminology, relevant videos, related articles, assessment tools, theory and quizzes which all supported and reinforced learning. The information provided is a manual and tool on how to equip and support children, families and extended communities which include NGOs dealing with children and families, organisations, Child and Youth Care Centres, community workers, faith based organisations and educators. The impact of this work will be far reaching.”