The Multidisciplinary End-of-Life Study

The Multidisciplinary End-of-Life Study

September 26, 2022
Dr. Andrea Deerheart, PhD, ELP

The study of death is unavoidably multidisciplinary. Accordingly, contributions from medicine, the humanities, and the social sciences are all found here in their relevant contexts.

This training is an important source of learning and information for those who are dedicated to transforming the environment around care of those with serious illness and those who are dying. Each module is designed to develop essential clinical competencies, strengthen an individual's capacity for compassionate service, and enhance personal spiritual development. We expand upon the conventional medical model's approach to care by offering content not generally addressed in most clinician's training.

The student will be trained for a scope of practice that includes end of life counseling, end of life care, and to act as a bridge between hospices, palliative care, caregivers, families and end of life patients with the intention of creating sovereignty, compassion, and the highest quality of life and death. Students will be competent in advocating, counseling, end-of-life care, also known as Death Doula skills, and practices such as vigil, end-of-life rituals, and Yoga Nidra Graceful Transitions, to help ease the challenges that arise with dying.

This ELP Training program, is a two-level, six month training intended for front line nurses, social workers, clinicians, clinical leaders, educators, home and family caregivers, death doulas (aspiring), healing arts professionals, hospice and palliative care volunteers, and all who are called to embrace life thru honoring death.

This program qualifies for 75 hours of continuing education credits for MFTs, LPCCs, and/or LCSWs as well as approved provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing.

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Dr. Andrea Deerheart, PhD, ELP

President and Founder of The HeartWay

Dr. Andrea Deerheart is the passionate founder of The HeartWay, a nonprofit foundation dedicated to embracing life thru honoring death. As well as the author of Elli’s Ride: Death Beyond Imagination, and the recording of Yoga Nidra: Graceful Transitions. Her primary work and teaching focuses on issues related to aging, radiant well-being, cultural mythology, death and dying, as well as grief and loss, and mindful and compassionate care. Her Doctorate degree is in mythology with an emphasis on depth psychology, comparative religions, and death, dying, and beyond.