ADVANCE CARE PLANNING FACILITATOR TRAINING Learn how to assist healthy adults prepare for future healthcare needs.

Advance Care Planning (ACP) facilitation is a vital skill for end-of-life doulas. Because every adult should complete ACP, it is an excellent way to engage potential future doula clients upstream of a crisis and educate them about your services. This training is designed for end-of-life doulas and healthcare providers and staff in any setting, including social workers, administrators, nurses, physicians and anyone who wants to know more about how to ensure their own wishes, and the wishes of their clients and those they love, are followed.

The Respecting Choices® First Steps Facilitator Training prepares participants to assist healthy adults to choose a healthcare advocate; examine their values, wishes and goals; and document and share their preferences. In addition, community engagement strategies, barriers to completing, storing and retrieving Advance Directives, and strategies for addressing these barriers will be discussed.

2020 Training Schedule

February 21 (Friday, 8:30am-5pm) Must register by Monday, Feb. 17.

This training takes place at Arbor Hospice, 2366 Oak Valley Dr., Ann Arbor, Michigan 48103

Fee is $249 per person (includes the online learning modules that must be completed prior to class).

Advance registration required. After January 21 there are no refunds or transfers for this training.

Advance Care Planning is a process of communication rather than a signature on a document.

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The Advance Care Planning process enables individuals to:

  • Understand their choices for future healthcare.
  • Reflect on personal goals, values, religious and cultural beliefs.
  • Talk to physicians, healthcare agents and loved ones about their preferences.

To be effective, this process of communication needs to be individualized, based on a person’s state of health and revisited periodically. It is not enough to simply complete a written form and file it away.

Training prerequisites take approximately four to six hours to complete and include:

  • Completing four online training modules (access is provided to registrants).
  • Initiating an advance care planning discussion with someone.
  • Completing an Advance Directive practice document of your own.

Respecting Choices® Certification

Respecting Choices® is an internationally recognized, evidence-based training program developed over the last 25 years. It is used by lay people and healthcare providers in every setting to help individuals select a healthcare advocate and discuss their wishes with them. Participants who engage in role-play and successfully demonstrate understanding of the concepts will receive a certificate of attendance at the end of the in-person training. Attendance at this training does not confer certification as a facilitator. Further practice is needed to become certified, including completing three conversations and submitting evaluations for each. For more information about First Steps, Next Steps and Last Steps, see Respecting Choices®.

Merilynne Rush

With Merilynne Rush, MSHP, RN, BSN

Merilynne has been a certified Respecting Choices® Steps Facilitator Instructor since 2015. She served on the Washtenaw Health Initiative Advance Care Planning Committee and facilitates the monthly Ann Arbor Death Cafe.

Merilynne periodically offers an eight-hour Respecting Choices® Advance Care Planning Facilitator Training in Ann Arbor, MI. She is also available to bring this training to your facility. Contact with inquiries.