2017 Training Schedule & Fees
2018 Training Schedule & Fees
Workshop Content for End-of-Life Doula Training
Covered topics include the following:
- What is a “good death”?
- Exploring the dying process
- The needs of the dying and the family
- Biopsychosocial-spiritual-cultural aspects of end-of-life support
- The role of the doula and the doula model of care
- Accompanying the dying (vigiling at the bedside, creating a peaceful atmosphere)
- Understanding hospice and palliative care
- Scope of practice for end-of-life doulas
- Working with the hospice team
- Active listening and communication skills
- Family needs assessment
- Hands-on, non-medical comfort measures, aromatherapy and more
- Creating a ceremony
- Supporting the caregivers (and doula self-care practices)
- Values clarification for doulas
- Introduction to Advance Care Planning
- After death care (including home funerals and green burial)
- Grief and bereavement support
- End-of-life doula practice considerations
Who will benefit from End-of-Life Doula Training?
- Anyone who wants to become a professional end-of-life doula
- Hospice volunteers and others wanting to serve
- Family members and friends of the dying
- Hospice and palliative care providers
- Midwives and doulas
- Nurses and doctors
- Social workers
- Clergy, chaplains, celebrants
- Healers and therapists
- Those who provide home care and companion care
- Life coaches
The instructors, Merilynne Rush and Patty Brennan, are adult education specialists with decades of teaching experience. The interactive classroom experience includes a blend of discussion, partner and small group exercises, lecture, PowerPoint presentation, videos, role plays, case studies, brainstorming, personal reflection and more.
Read what past participants in this class have to say.
“This training far exceeded any expectations. The role playing, the exercises, the case story challenges and the general class materials you presented were all rolled into a beautifully cohesive package.” — Pat Deardorff, Ann Arbor, MI
“Patty Brennan and Merilynne Rush are two of the most inspiring, knowledgeable and compassionate instructors I have met. This was a great training and I am excited to share it with the world. I am home!” — Sarah Gregory-Ferguson, Lansing, MI
This training is designed for folks who want to support those who are dying and their loved ones. We are not a grief support group. We respectfully ask that if you have suffered a loss within the year prior to this workshop that you consider waiting before engaging this work. Likewise, if you personally have a life-limiting illness and are seeking to learn more about the dying process, this training is not designed for you. If in doubt, please contact us to discuss your situation prior to registering.
Our October training is taking place on a home football game weekend for the University of Michigan. Hotel space will be at premium prices and is likely to fill quickly. If you are traveling from out of the area for this workshop, please do not wait to reserve your hotel room. You may do better price-wise if you stay just outside the city of Ann Arbor, for example in Ypsilanti, Dexter, Chelsea, Whitmore Lake or Canton, depending on which side of town is closer to you. We are located on the northwest side of Ann Arbor, close to downtown. There is a Holiday Inn Express on Zeeb Rd. right near I-94 and that would be an easy 10-15 minute drive to our location.
What’s included in the fee for this training?
The 130-page Class Manual, shown above, is included. We will provide a selection of healthy snacks and beverages throughout the day, but full meals are not provided. There will be an hour lunch break each day and participants are welcome to bring their lunch and eat at the Center or go out to lunch. We are just a mile from downtown Ann Arbor and there are many places from which to choose. We have a refrigerator and microwave available for those who bring food with them.
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