Delta Hospice is committed to improving care by passing on our knowledge through regular education and training programs.
Introductory Volunteer Hospice and Palliative Care Training
Hospice and Palliative Care training is offered for potential volunteer hospice workers and health care providers. In the initial 30-hour training, participants are taught the “Art of Presence” which focuses on listening without judging or giving advice, respect for personal beliefs, and the need for confidentiality. The course includes the philosophy of hospice palliative care, needs of patients and families, understanding living with dying, grief and loss, spirituality, community resources, self-care, and working with the health care team.
Registration is required as there is a limited number of spots for participants. A small fee is charged for the course.
Advanced Volunteer Education
Volunteers who are accepted into the volunteer visiting service following completion of the introductory training are eligible for additional specialized training as well as opportunities to attend workshops, conferences and video conferences.
Delta Hospice Society’s Counsellors and other professional staff offer education to:
- Hospital and care facility staff
- Home care providers
- Nursing, Social Work and Counselling students
- The community when there is a need
Delta Hospice Society offers advanced education to its staff and volunteers in the form of courses, conferences, and inservices.
We partner with Fraser Health’s palliative education offerings, support the Victoria Hospice courses on Medical Care of the Dying and Psychosocial Care of the Dying. We are an approved provider of LEAP courses through Pallium Canada.
The Delta Hospice Society provides ongoing education for the community on grief, loss, hospice palliative care and our services. Education is offered through:
- Hospice volunteer speakers
- Community newspaper articles
- Invitation to speak to service clubs, church groups, schools or other groups