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Palliative Care Courses

About de Souza & our Courses

de Souza Institute’s Palliative Care Series offers courses to support health care professionals caring for patients. Most courses are offered online, some including in-person or videoconferencing sessions.

de Souza Institute was created by the Ontario government in 2008, and in partnership with Cancer Care Ontario and the University Health Network provides continuing education to thousands of health care professionals across Canada. Read more about us.


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Our palliative care courses:

Treatment & Delivery of Evidence Based Care Courses

Advanced Pain Assessment and Management

Examines the pathophysiology of cancer pain; cancer pain syndromes, pharmacological and non-pharmacological intervention for intractable pain in palliation. Participants will explore methods on how to conduct educational and advocacy work … Learn more

Introduction to Hospice Palliative Care

The course introduces key communication, assessment and symptom management best practices in hospice palliative care (HPC) and highlights the palliative approach centered on the needs of patients and families from diagnosis to end of life care… Learn more

Interprofessional Education in Palliative and End-of-Life Care – Oncology

This intermediate level course covers a comprehensive curriculum in palliative and end-of-life care topics, including assessment, symptom management, ethical issues and communication skills … Learn more

Management of Dyspnea

Promotes an evidence-based wholistic approach to dyspnea care by increasing knowledge about dyspnea, and its assessment and treatment. This course was created in collaboration between Cancer Care Ontario (CCO) and de Souza Institute … Learn more

Management of Depression and Anxiety in Cancer

Offered on demand via self-directed online learning; this interactive course includes a comprehensive review of screening, assessment and management of psychosocial distress. Depression and anxiety in adults with cancer is based on the 2015 Pan-Canadian Practice Guidelines. (www.capo.ca). This course was created in collaboration with CCO. CME credits: 12.0 Mainpro-M1 credits, and 12.0 Section 1 credits … Learn more

Therapeutic & Supportive Relationships Courses

Interprofessional Psychosocial Oncology: Introduction to Theory and Practice (IPODE)

Examines common individual and family experiences across the illness trajectory from a theoretical, empirical and clinical perspective in order to understand and assess distress and coping from a family centered standpoint … Learn more

Developing Professional Practice and Leadership Courses

Education in Palliative and End-of-Life Care – Oncology Workshop (EPEC™-O)

An interprofessional workshop that covers palliative and end-of-life care topics, including core competencies in symptom management, ethical issues and communication skills in palliative care … Learn more

Addressing Compassion Fatigue, Managing Grief and Loss Among Health Care Professionals

Critically examines the realities of health care professionals and the impact of grief and loss on their own personal well-being. Learners will explore how to apply self-care to promote a healthy work-life balance … Learn more

Patient Teaching & Coaching Courses

Patient Navigation

Identifies the supportive care needs of patients and their adjustment process from diagnosis to end of life care; Applies the principles of navigation to enhance patient experiences throughout the cancer care journey … Learn more

Patient Teaching and Education

This self-paced course is designed to help regulated health care professionals identify learning styles of patients and adjust their delivery of information accordingly … Learn more

Families in Oncology & Palliative Care (IPODE)

Focuses on developing interprofessional knowledge and skills in caring for families experiencing cancer across the illness trajectory … Learn more

Sexual Health in Cancer Part 1 (IPODE)

Focuses on understanding sexual health issues that arise in cancer care and developing assessment and psycho-education skills … Learn more

Sex Counselling in Cancer Part 2 (IPODE)

Building on Sexual Health in Cancer (Part 1), this course is designed for health professionals who have a counselling practice and wish to develop further knowledge and skill in sex counselling … Learn more

CNA Hospice Palliative Specialty Certification Exam Prep

CNA Hospice Palliative Care Study Group Exam Prep

The de Souza Hospice Palliative Care Study Group is a preparatory program to assist RNs as they study to write the CNA National Hospice Palliative Care Specialty Certification exam … Learn more

Not sure which course is right for you?
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