Training for the better

Our aim is to deliver effective palliative-care training programmes of an excellent standard, thereby serving and improving the lives of individuals in need and their communities.

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Our training workshops

Professional health care workshops

4 Day Introduction to Palliative Care for Auxiliary, Ancillary nurses and Health Care workers
  • Introduction to palliative care
  • Communication skills
  • Breaking bad news
  • Ethics
  • Genograms
  • Pain and symptom control
  • Psycho, social and spiritual care
  • The dying process
  • Grief, Loss & BereavementAn informative 4 day workshop for health care workers and auxiliary and ancillary nurses focusing on a multi-disciplinary / holistic approach to palliation.
2.5- Day Grief, Loss and Bereavement Workshop

A 2.5-day workshop for people with basic counselling or support skills.

Course Objectives –

  • To increase knowledge and understanding of grief, loss and bereavement
  • To develop insight into grief through the ages
  • To learn new and creative ways of supporting the bereaved
  • To develop new insights and skills for grief and bereavement support
  • Enhanced self-awareness


Course outline –

  • New theories and models for understanding grief, loss and bereavement
  • “The silent grief” – an overview of childhood bereavement
  • Self awareness and personal growth
  • Grief support – skills, values, process, models and perspectives
  • The way forward


Date: TBA for 2018 -Will be after March 2018

Time: 08h30 – 15h00 (08h30 – 12h00 on day 3)

Venue: CPL/ Training Center, 50 2nd Ave, Houghton

Cost: R1150.00 (includes notes,tea/ coffee & a light lunch)

Contact: Penny on 011 483 9100 or email [email protected]

Care-Givers (counselling) 5 week course

The course provides the appropriate skills to –

  • Develop an understanding of Hospice philosophy of care and become orientated to the organisation
  • Facilitate enhanced awareness of self and insight into issues evoked by patients
  • Gain insight into the losses experienced by a sick patient and their family
  • Begin conceptualizing death in order to empathize with the dying patient
  • Explore personal experiences of loss and grief and develop an understanding of the theory around grief, loss and bereavement
  • Enhanced knowledge and understanding of terminal illness: physical and psychological implications
  • Learn and practice interpersonal skills
Pain Control

The workshop covers the different types and causes of pain, how to do a thorough pain assessment with the use of pain rating scales and how to use the WHO ladder. The workshop also dispels some of the common myths and misconceptions around the use of opioid drugs.

The Centre for Palliative Learning Ancillary Health Care Worker

This course will enable the Learner to be competent in the following aspects of home care. A certificate will be issued to all learners.

Create a hygienic environment for the patient.

Bed bathing, bed making.

Mouth care, pressure part care.

Basic position of the patient.

Basic first aid: CPR

Temperature, pulse, respiration and Blood Pressure (BP)

Basic Nutrition

Care of the dying


Basic anatomy and physiology


Patient rights

Dementia/Alzheimer’s Disease

Assessments and tests will be written during the course.

Grief, Loss and Bereavement counselling

Volunteer Caregiver Counselling

11-Week Volunteer Caregiver Counselling Workshop2-Day IPU Receptionist/Admin Volunteer Workshop and Dementia CourseThis workshop is designed to enhance skills to assist the Nurses, Doctors and Administration staff members in the In-Patient Unit.

  • Enhanced understanding of the Hospice philosophy of care
  • Greater understanding of mourning and bereavement
  • Learn and practice basic interpersonal skills related to the field of grief, loss and bereavement
  • To develop an understanding of palliative care definition of care
  • To facilitate and enhance awareness of self
  • Assist Patients and Patient families who come to the unit
  • Assist the Nurses and Doctors who look after the patients