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Essentials for End-of-Life-Guardianship, Guardians, Occupational Therapy, Mandatory Continuing Education, Certified Activity Professionals
#3016 Essentials for End-of-Life


6 Contact Hours

End-of-Life (EOL) care is an essential arena of competence for all health care providers. As research in this area has grown over the years, professionals such as physicians, nurses, social workers and other allied health care professionals can gain competence and confidence in understanding and managing dying patients and their families. While many professional and research organizations have made significant progress in addressing this problem through the development of standards and principles of practice, including EOL educational content and curricula in licensing requirements, educational curricula and on-the-job training, there is still much you must do to stay current in EOL care.

In order to maintain and improve your competence and ability to provide quality of care, it is essential to stay up-to-date in this rapidly changing field. Today, we are faced with such EOL ethical decisions as advanced directives, living wills, do not resuscitate orders, medical powers of attorney, voluntary euthanasia—and all of these potential ethical decisions vary from state to state and culture to culture. Because of their sheer numbers, aging baby boomers already started to change EOL care, first for their parents and now starting for themselves.

Not only will this course introduce you to the Core Principles of End-of-Life Care, which have been endorsed by a substantial group of medical and professional organizations throughout the past two decades, but these principles also have relevance to all allied health providers. You will be provided with pertinent information and self-development exercises to better prepare you to practice according to these established principles but also to the latest research and knowledge about EOL care.

Availability: 120 days from registration, unless other agreement applies


Learners will gain awareness, confidence and skill in coping with End-of-Life (EOL) issues that will serve them as they provide daily care for patients.


Upon completion of this course, the Learner will be able to:

  • Define three basic communication skills that respect the patient’s medical and psychological condition and care in these basic skills.
  • Give four examples of how assessment and treatment goals for EOL care are established by the various professional roles and interdisciplinary team, including the patient and family members.
  • Describe the 5 steps in advance care planning and explain the pros and cons of advanced care directives.
  • Determine four personal strengths and areas for growth in working with a team; apply the basics of self-care and prevention of burn-out.
  • Explain the difference between hospice and palliative care, be able to discuss the difference and demonstrate effective work with the hospice team.'
  • Integrate the influence of one’s own cultural experience and the value of cross-cultural competence in EOL care.
  • Support the value of personal spiritual beliefs and the patient’s right to an independent spiritual exploration.



Dynamic Group is an approved provider of continuing education courses by the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA). This program is offered for 0.6 CEU, Introductory to Intermediate Level, Occupational Therapy Process: Outcomes. The assignment of AOTA CEUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by AOTA.

This course is AOTA approved for .6 CEU

NBCOT 7.5 PDU (course includes assessment component)

State of Illinois Physical Therapy Continuing Education Sponsor License No: 216.000127

Dynamic Learning Online is approved by New York State Education Department, Office of the Professions as a sponsor of Continuing Education for Physical Therapists & Physical Therapy Assistants

Dynamic Learning Online is a Texas Board of Physical Therapy Examiners (TPTA) Accredited Provider. The assignment of Texas PT CCUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by TPTA or TBPTE.

This program is Approved by the National Association of Social Workers (Approval #886644640-2431) for 6 Pain/Symptom Management continuing education hours.

This course is also approved by the:

  • Arkansas State Board of Physical Therapy
  • Center for Guardianship Certification
  • Florida Statewide Public Guardianship Office
  • Florida Board of Occupational Therapy
  • Oklahoma Physical Therapy Advisory Committee for 6 contact hours
  • Texas Guardianship Certification Board

Author and Instructor

Kathleen O. Beauchesne, PhD, MBA, MSW, LCSW-C

Dr. Beauchesne is a Visiting Research Fellow at the University of Pennsylvania, School of Social Policy, Social Impact of that Arts Project, and she is the president and CEO of the Center for Corporate Research on Veterans & Employment. During her first two years at the University, she conducted original research and wrote Gulf War Vets: The Richest of Resources, How American business can help the most educated, highest skilled military ever re-enter the civilian workforce, which advocates turning current research knowledge about veterans’ health, visible and invisible disabilities into actionable and integrated change management policies, practices and programs to support veterans in continued and productive employment.

Dr. Beauchesne has worked extensively with caregiving and end-of-life issues. Early in her career as director of the Faculty, Staff & Student Assistance Programs and the Office of Work/Life Programs, she was a member of the Last Acts, Robert Woods Johns Task Force. She has presented extensively on caregiving and end-of-life issues. She started the eldercare consultation service for employees at the Johns Hopkins Institutions, and developed award winning and leading-edge programs for caregivers including financial support programs for employees caring for ill or elderly family members, a ten-year caregivers support group (now led by a caregiver), and dependent care vouchers to assist with paying for day care for ill or elderly family members. She has responded to illness, suicide and death in the workplace both at Johns Hopkins and in her work as the director of the National Guard Psychological Health Program, a contract of the Ceridian Corporation, as a sensitive and supportive leader in crisis response, education, and program development for those who care for or have lost loved ones.

Teaching Methods

This course is provided using instructor lecture via web-based text, pictures, video’s, and web links. References and resources will be provided as well. A Final Exam is required with multiple attempts allowed to obtain a minimum passing grade of 80%. Learner must also participate a minimum of 80% of the CE awarded hours in the course material to be eligible to print the certificate of completion.

As a self-directed learner, you are encouraged to practice, seek out and read additional references regarding the subject matter to enhance the contents provided within this course.