POLST Trainings

It Starts with a Conversation
A Train-the-Trainer Workshop

Learn about POLST in this two-day train-the-trainer course using the California POLST curriculum. The training provides opportunities to develop skills for facilitating meaningful conversations with patients and families about POLST and goals of care and ideas for implementing POLST in communities and training other health care providers.

The course is designed for:

  • Leaders in organizations and communities initiating a POLST program
  • Individuals who will be teaching healthcare staff and/or the community about POLST, including nurses, social workers, chaplains and other interested staff from skilled nursing and acute care hospitals, emergency medical services, home health and hospice

Next training:

  • October 7-8, 2014
    POLST: It Starts with a Conversation
    San Diego, CA
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Changing the Conversation
One-Day Refresher Course

This one-day workshop is geared towards those who have already attended the POLST two-day train-the-trainer course. The workshop is a refresher course that will include updates to the 2014 form.

Next training:

  • August 2014 (date to be announced)
    POLST Train-the-Trainer Refresher Course
    Orange County, CA
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  • September 25, 2014
    POLST: Changing the Conversation
    Marin, CA
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Beginning the Conversation
One-Day Workshop

This one-day workshop introduces the California POLST document and how it fits into the continuum of advance care planning. Come learn the latest information about POLST and enhance your skills and comfort in facilitating meaningful conversations with patients and families about POLST and goals of care.

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Beginning the Conversation for Pediatrics
One-Day Workshop for Pediatric Care Teams

This one-day workshop introduces health care professionals caring for the pediatric population to the California POLST form.  Participants will improve their skills in working with children with life-limiting illness and their families, and will learn how to better communicate and document patient wishes on the POLST form.

The workshop is designed for physicians, nurses, social workers, chaplains, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, case managers and other staff working with seriously-ill children and their families.

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Other Trainings

Building Bridges: Cultural Diversity and End-of-Life Care

In this interactive workshop, participants have the opportunity to investigate their own cultural biases and behaviors, and explore the “culture” of healthcare and the role that culture and ethnicity play at end of life. Participants will also learn the differences between cultural competency, cultural sensitivity and cultural humility. Participants will develop skills to have culturally-sensitive conversations by helping them “build bridges” with patients and families who have their own unique culture – through asking questions, empathetic listening, and building trust.

Next trainings:

  • Summer 2014 (date to be announced)
    Southern California
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  • Fall 2014 (date to be announced)
    Northern California
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