Respecting Choices

Online Curriculum

Do you feel prepared to have advance care planning (ACP) conversations with individuals and their families? Do you want to learn more about how to help people make informed future healthcare choices?

Respecting Choices® (RC) has the tools to help you.

Our affordable online curriculum teaches time-tested ways of preparing people to facilitate meaningful and effective ACP conversations.

Building Physician Skills in Basic ACP – Online Course

This three-module online curriculum is intended to build person-centered advance care planning (ACP) skills of physicians and advanced practitioners. The overall goal of this curriculum is to assist physicians in identifying practical steps to integrate basic ACP into their everyday practice, especially for patients who have not started the planning process. Each module builds incrementally toward this goal. Modules 1 and 2 provide foundational skills to introduce ACP, motivate patients to participate, and guide and document these essential conversations. Module 3 identifies several key strategies for integrating ACP into the routines of patient care, including ACP billing.

Earn AMA Category 1 Credits™ upon sucessful completion of this course.  ABIM MOC points awarded only upon completion of all 3 modules.

RC ACP Facilitator Certification—Online Curriculum:
  • First Steps® ACP Facilitator Certification Online Curriculum (Modules 1-4)*
  • Next Steps ACP Facilitator Certification Online Curriculum (Modules 1-4 and Modules 5-6)*
  • Advanced Steps ACP Facilitator Certification Online Curriculum (Modules 1-4 and Module 5)*

For individuals interested in completing RC online modules without pursuing RC ACP Facilitator certification, the following retail products are available:

Online Modules

Lesson Title:

First Steps Advance Care Planning Facilitation Overview

Lesson Description:

The goal of this lesson is to provide the learner with an overview of the First Steps Advance Care Planning (ACP) facilitation process. This overview will include the basic components and goals of the process, as well as a description of the Respecting Choices® staged approach to ACP. Learners will also be introduced to the responsibilities they will have as an ACP Facilitator and the strategies they can use to create a written advance directive that is clear, accurate and complete.

Objectives:

As a result of completing this lesson, the learner will be able to:

  • Describe the three components of the ACP process (i.e., understanding, reflection, and discussion).
  • Describe the Respecting Choices staged approach to ACP.
  • List the goals of First Steps ACP.
  • Identify responsibilities of the First Steps ACP Facilitator.
  • Identify three strategies to create a written advance directive that is clear, accurate, and complete.
Target Audience:

This online course is intended for two groups:

  1. Those individuals who are working towards certification as ACP Facilitators (i.e. First Steps, Next Steps, and Advanced Steps). This online course is a pre-requisite for those intending to complete their certification by attending Respecting Choices First Steps, Next Steps, or Advanced Steps ACP certification classroom courses.
  2. Those individuals interested in learning about the Respecting Choices approach to ACP Facilitation. Completion of this online course does not qualify as certification as a Respecting Choices ACP Facilitator. To learn how to become certified as a Respecting Choices Facilitator, please visit www.respectingchoices.org.
Continuing Education:

1.75 CH (nursing)

1.75 CEH (social work)

Lesson Title:

Facilitating First Steps – ACP Conversations

Lesson Description:

The purpose of this lesson is to prepare individuals to become Advance Care Planning (ACP) Facilitators. The lesson provides an overview of advance care planning, outlines the first steps involved with making an advance care plan, provides learners with strategies for motivating individuals to make advance care plans, and presents a variety of scenarios and role-play opportunities that allow the learners to practice their facilitation skills.

Objectives:

As a result of completing this lesson, the learner will be able to:

  • Explain ACP to individuals who lack understanding.
  • Assist individuals with the three decisions involved in First Steps ACP.
  • List strategies to motivate individuals to participate in ACP.
  • Develop strategies for involving healthcare agents in ACP conversations.
Target Audience:

This online course is intended for two groups:

  1. Those individuals who are working towards certification as ACP Facilitators (i.e. First Steps, Next Steps, and Advanced Steps). This online course is a pre-requisite for those intending to complete their certification by attending Respecting Choices® First Steps, Next Steps, or Advanced Steps ACP certification classroom courses.
  2. Those individuals interested in learning about the Respecting Choices approach to ACP Facilitation. Completion of this online course does not qualify as certification as a Respecting Choices ACP Facilitator. To learn how to become certified as a Respecting Choices Facilitator, please visit www.respectingchoices.org.
Continuing Education:

2.0 CH (nursing)

2.0 CEH (social work)







After completion of each online module and the evaluation, you will receive access to print a continuing education (CE) certificate specific to the online module completed. Visit our Continuing Education page for more details, such as accreditation statements and disclosures.

Additional Education/Recommended Reading included with the online modules

RC is committed to providing high quality, evidence-based ACP education. The Respecting Choices® Advance Care Planning Facilitator Certification Manual: A Guide to Person-Centered Conversations includes up-to date future references for ongoing education related to the modules content. Individual sections of the manual will be available as recommended readings throughout the modules.

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