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.

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.


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.


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.


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.



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.


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.


Online Training

CSU Institute for Palliative CareThrough a partnership with the CSU Institute of Palliative Care, CCCC has co-developed an online training program in POLST that is available 24/7. Learn more.