National Courses and Events

Want to make your conversations better and help people make decisions by figuring out what matters most to them? Want to have conversations that are more productive and satisfying for all involved? Sign up for Respecting Choices’ upcoming courses. These courses have helped participants become better communicators for over 20 years.


Who should attend?

They’re appropriate for those working any care setting, from clinical to community. Nurses, physicians, social workers, advanced practitioners, clergy, and leaders of advance care planning programs.


“I believe in the value and power of the Respecting Choices training and liken the RC training to ‘masters level communication skills’, rather than the basics that can be gleaned from a 2.5 hour course.”
Kellie Durgan, Chief Mission Integration Officer, Providence in Spokane, WA

“The instructors were very experienced which made the course very fruitful. The role play and discussion were very precious learning opportunities. I highly recommend this course to my colleagues.”
Gigi, Advanced Practice Nurse, Hong Kong

“One of our employees heard about the Respecting Choices Program. She brought it back to our leaders and they embraced it. It’s been a quality experience all the way around. On a 1-10 scale, I would rate it a ten.”
Rev. Audry Pryor-Mouizi

Which courses to take?

Because ACP is not a one-size-fits-all conversation, Respecting Choices courses are tailored to help you meet the needs of the individuals you work with based on their stage of health.

If you mostly serve people who:

The courses for you are:
Are healthy or have early chronic illness… First Steps ACP
Have serious illness with potential for complications… Next Steps ACP
Are in the last few years of life… Advanced Steps ACP



Aligning Care with What Matters Most
Who should attend?

Providers (physicians and advanced Practitioners) who care for patients with serious illness and help them make treatment decisions.


“I have used the decision-making framework on more than end-of-life issues; it worked well for using a patient’s goals to drive a decision of whether to begin anti-coagulation in a high-risk patient.”

“These conversations are so rewarding; it is the antidote for burnout.”

“Wow, I wasn’t even aware of some of the biases I carry into conversations!”

“This completely changed my relationship with one of my patients whom I used to think of as ‘difficult’. After using what I learned, I realized we were not communicating ― we had different agendas!”


Sep 2022 First Steps® VIRTUAL ACP Certification Course
2023 Dates To Be Determined

Aug 2022 Next Steps VIRTUAL ACP Certification Course
2023 Dates To Be Determined

Oct 2022 Advanced Steps VIRTUAL ACP Certification Course
Registration Open through September 29, 2022