Respecting Choices

For Individuals

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How does Respecting Choices® help individuals?

Respecting Choices (RC) understands it is often difficult for an individual to make the case for change within a large health system, organization, or community. Getting leadership support is critical. RC has many resources available to assist in engaging leaders and helping them understand the RC model.

How can an individual healthcare professional improve upon his/her knowledge and skills?

RC has long recognized that individual health professional education in person-centered communication skills may lead to little or no measurable improvement if the individual works in organizational systems that do not value and support these competencies. Therefore, RC recommends the tandem approach of health system redesign along with educational programs that are geared toward supporting the development of new skills.

Aspects of the RC curriculum are accessible to any healthcare professional. Individuals can improve their own skills and knowledge of person-centered decision making by attending a national First Steps® (FS) and/or Last Steps® (LS) advance care planning (ACP) course. These course offerings provide the opportunity to learn more about system design while also becoming a certified RC Facilitator and Instructor.

Learn more about RC National Conferences and check out our Event Calendar for more details.

Online curriculum (consisting of 4-6 online modules) exist for all 3 stages of planning. Continuing education (CE) is available for certain online modules. When you register for an RC National Conference, the corresponding online curriculum for RC ACP Facilitator certification is included in the event price.

For those who don’t want to pursue an RC certification, online modules are available for purchase through the Online Store.

Learn more about RC and the person-centered decision-making model by reading a collection of essays titled, Having Your Own Say: Getting the Right Care When It Matters Most, edited by Bud Hammes, Ph.D., Respecting Choices® Executive Director. Copies of this book are available for purchase in the Online Store.

How can any individual improve upon his/her knowledge and skills?

Many people outside of healthcare are also interested in and want to learn more about the RC model of person-centered decision making that transforms care. Attorneys, funeral directors, advocates or educators for senior citizens, and faith leaders are just a few who may look to expand their knowledge.

Individuals can improve their own skills and knowledge of person-centered decision making by attending a national First Steps® (FS) and/or Last Steps® (LS) advance care planning (ACP) course. These course offerings provide the opportunity to learn more about system design while also becoming a certified RC Facilitator and Instructor.

Learn more about RC National Conferences and check out our Event Calendar for more details.

Online curriculum (consisting of 4-6 online modules) exist for all 3 stages of planning. Continuing education (CE) is available for certain online modules. When you register for an RC National Conference, the corresponding online curriculum for RC ACP Facilitator certification is included in the event price.

For those who don’t want to pursue an RC certification at this time, online modules are available for purchase through the Online Store.

Learn more about RC and the person-centered decision-making model by reading a collection of essays titled, Having Your Own Say: Getting the Right Care When It Matters Most, edited by Bud Hammes, Ph.D., Respecting Choices® Executive Director. Copies of this book are available for purchase in the Online Store.

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