Education is crucial to developing the skills necessary to having quality conversations about advance care planning and POLST, and building a diverse understanding of palliative and end-of-life care for people of all ages.

Join the Coalition of Compassionate Care of California for these exciting opportunities to expand your knowledge and expertise.

Education Opportunities

Annual Summit

Now in its 8th year, the Coalition for Compassionate Care of California Annual Summit is designed for physicians, nurses, social workers, nursing home administrators, chaplains, patients and others interested in best practices, quality and policy as it pertains to palliative care. May 12-13: Newport Beach, CA. Learn more at

SAVE THE DATE: 9th Annual Summit, March 13-14, 2017, in Sacramento, CA.

Palliative Care Webinars

CCCC hosts one-hour professional development webinars to provide education on unique aspects of palliative care designed specifically for healthcare professionals. Past webinars have focused on topics as diverse as community-based palliative care, telemedicine, Alzheimer’s and dementia, and the roles of specialists in the palliative care setting. UPCOMING WEBINAR: June 7: California End of Life Option Act: An overview of the law and approaches to communicating about treatment choices in the setting of life-limiting illness

End of Life Option Act conversation training

California End of Life Option Act: When patients talk about death is an interactive workshop where participants will review key aspects of the law and learn how it could impact providers and organizations. You will also have the opportunity to practice conversation skills for engaging your patients to explore and discuss their end-of-life concerns and preferences. UPCOMING TRAINING: May 31: Sacramento, CA

Advance Care Planning

Let’s Talk: Promoting and engaging in advance care planning is a workshop is for people who want to engage organizations and the public in advance care planning. Learn how to get the conversation started, the nuts and bolts of advance directives, and how to navigate discussion on the topic. UPCOMING TRAINING: The next training will be scheduled soon. Sign up for our interest list.

CSU Institute for Palliative CareEffective Advance Care Planning: Skills Building for the Entire Organization was designed to expand the workforce of skilled professionals trained to promote and facilitate advance care planning in all care settings. The courses detail critical components of advance care planning in the context of the new Medicare reimbursement. 24/7 ONLINE TRAINING. Learn more.

Culturally Congruent Care

Providing culturally congruent care is key to the delivery of person-centered care. Our Building Bridges workshop is a unique opportunity for healthcare professionals to explore their own cultural biases, the role culture and ethnicity play at end of life, and role-play culturally sensitive discussions about palliative medicine and end-of-life care with patients and their families. UPCOMING TRAINING: The next training will be scheduled soon. Sign up for our interest list.


POLST: It Starts with a Conversation is the gold-standard in POLST education. This two-day train-the-trainer course uses the standardized California POLST training curriculum, and includes a series of educational modules and interactive exercises designed to increase competence with the POLST Paradigm. UPCOMING TRAINING: July 14-15: San Francisco, CA

CSU Institute for Palliative CareWorking With POLST For Professionals is a 3-hour online self-paced course designed to help the healthcare professional understand the role and value of the POLST form, and how to employ it in documenting and honoring patient wishes. 24/7 ONLINE TRAINING. Learn more.

Pediatric palliative care advocacy and educationPediatric Palliative Care & Advance Care Planning

Care and emotional support for children with chronic or life-threatening medical conditions is complex and needs to be approached differently from care for adults. The Children’s Hospice & Palliative Care Coalition–a division of CCCC–provides education on how advance care planning, palliative care and hospice is different for children and their families. UPCOMING TRAINING: May 12-13: The CCCC 8th Annual Summit will feature a pediatric palliative care track. Visit to see the full line up of speakers!