Become a Respecting Choices® Certified Advance Care Planning Facilitator

 With Merilynne Rush, RN, BSN

2018 Training Schedule

Advanced Care Planning Facilitator Training

April 10 (Tuesday 8:30am-5pm)

We can bring this training to your facility!

Contact Merilynne at with inquiries.

This program has been approved for 7.0 Nursing CEUs through the Ohio Nurses Association.

Nursing CEUs for ACP Workshop


Course Description

In the First Steps training, participants learn how to assist healthy adults identify a healthcare advocate, examine their values, wishes and goals, and document and share their advance directives. In addition, we discuss community engagement strategies and common barriers to completing, storing and retrieving Advance Directives, as well as strategies for addressing these barriers.

For healthcare providers and staff in any setting, including social workers, administrators, nurses, physicians and anyone who wants to know more about how to ensure their own wishes, and the wishes of their clients, are followed.

Training Prerequisites

  • Complete four online training modules (access will be provided once you register; takes approximately four to six hours to complete).
  • Initiate an advance care planning discussion with someone.
  • Complete an Advance Directive practice document.


Participants who successfully demonstrate understanding of the concepts, and pass the role-play skills test at the end of the in-person training, will receive a certificate. In addition, you will need to complete the following requirements to maintain certification:

  • Facilitate at least six family ACP discussions per year.
  • Fill out and send in evaluations for these six family ACP discussions.
  • Determine the process you will use to share the Advance Directives that result from your ACP discussions.
  • Mentoring is available.

Respecting Choices®

Respecting Choices® is an international, evidence-based model of advance care planning (ACP) with a key message: ACP is a process of communication rather than a signature on a document. This process enables individuals to:

  • Understand their choices for future healthcare.
  • Reflect on personal goals, values, religious and cultural beliefs.
  • Talk to physicians, healthcare agents and loved ones about their preferences.

To be effective, this process of communication needs to be individualized, based on a person’s state of health, and revisited at appropriate times. It is not enough to simply complete a written form and file it away somewhere. In addition, class participants will discuss community engagement strategies and communication tactics.

More information about First Steps, Next Steps and Last Steps, see the Respecting Choices website.

Your Instructor

Merilynne Rush, RN, BSN is a certified Respecting Choices 1st Steps Trainer. She also teaches end-of-life doula training through Lifespan Doula Association, and how to have a home funeral and/or green burial through After Death Home Care, LLC. She is on the Washtenaw Health Initiative Advance Care Planning Committee, the Michigan Primary Care Consortium ACP Committee and hosts the monthly Ann Arbor Death Cafe.