Introduction to End-of-Life Training

This training lays the groundwork for End-of-Life Care. The student will be provided with the foundational tools necessary to support clients and loved ones at the end of life and will gain a solid foundation from which to explore the deeper, clinical applications as an End-of-Life Practitioner (ELP).

continuing education units

80 contact hours/300 total hours

No prerequisites required, except required reading. This introduction to This End-of-Life Care Practitioner Training program is intended for front line nurses, social workers, clinicians, clinical leaders, educators, therapists, home and family caregivers, aspiring death doulas, healing arts professionals, hospice and palliative care volunteers, and all who are called to embrace life thru honoring death.

This course is a prerequisite to the Level II Core end-of-life practitioner certification training.

This training utilizes an inter-professional model which includes a variety of instructional methods including experiential, research, theoretical, group work, and case study review.

Each course level is designed to help you develop greater clinical competencies, strengthen your capacity for compassionate service, and enhance spiritual development. Both levels include reading and written assignments, quizzes, and case reviews.

The study of death is compulsorily multidisciplinary, so we include contributions from medicine, the humanities, and social sciences, as relevant. We utilize various instructional methods including experiential, research, theoretical, group work, and self-directed learning, and provide content not generally offered in most clinicians’ training.

level one program overview

Students will attend monthly online classes.

This is a 3-month intensive training program. Month one will be a 4-day training followed by two once-a-month 3-day weekend trainings. Upon completion, you will begin working as an end-of-life care intern.

Course Curriculum

Module I:
End of Life Historical Perspectives
Module II:
Understanding Death thru Life Span and Historical and Cultural Perspectives in Western and Eastern Culture
Module III:
Religious/Spiritual Beliefs, Philosophies, and Attitudes
Module IV:
Mythologies of Death
Module V:
End of Life Infrastructure
Module VII:
Laws and Patient Rights

Level One Course Schedule

Sept 21–24, 2023
Oct 27–29, 2023
Nov 17–19, 2023
8:30am-5:30pm PST
8:30am-5:30pm PST
8:30am-5:30pm PST

Enrollment for Fall 2023 Level One
End-of-Life Practitioner Training

Our Level One 2023 Early Bird Registration is NOW OPEN!


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For those requesting partial scholarship assistance


* Limited partial scholarships are available for 2023 enrollment based on financial need basis. Learn more.

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need tuition assistance?

*** Partial Scholarship Assistance for Level 1 beginning in September 2023, is NOW OPEN. Please apply early as we have limited scholarships available! ***

Partial scholarship assistance has been donated through the generosity of individuals that truly wish to help aspiring students who show the greatest potential of bringing end-of-life care to their communities.

Students will be considered for this partial scholarship opportunity after completing the enrollment application, reserving their space in the class and completing the scholarship application for partial tuition assistance. This is based on financial need, expressed passion for end-of-life studies, and being able to demonstrate how they will bring forth this knowledge in serving their communities. If you meet these criteria, please fill out the form below to request your scholarship application. Please note: you must complete the requirements of the scholarship and the ELP program for your scholarship to be granted. Thank You ! ! !

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