Professional Education

Training and Courses We Offer

We offer palliative care courses and training to physicians, nurses, pharmacists, counsellors, social workers, volunteers and other health care providers.

The courses provide participants with the awareness, skills and knowledge needed to provide excellent symptom management and emotional support in their day-to-day work with patients and families.

Cultural Humility at End of Life

Aug 29 – Oct 6, 2022

This new blended course covers introductory and intermediate aspects of cultural humility and safety at end of life care, including ethical aspects of end-of-life care, basic and intermediate social determinants of health concepts, care through intercultural communication, and more.

It is designed to enhance the knowledge, skills and attitudes of those who care for diverse people with life-limiting illnesses. Participants will learn to facilitate culturally safe strategies for establishing partnerships and shared decision-making, and how to apply the life-long self-reflective practice of cultural humility throughout both their personal and professional lives.

The course consists of 11 online modules over a period of six weeks, followed by a 1.5 hour live, synchronous session.

Dates for Fall 2022
Monday, August 29 – self-directed units begin on this date
Thursday, October 6 – live session occurs on from 9am – 10:30am (PST)

Palliative Care Pharmacy

Oct 14 – Nov 25, 2022

Continuing Studies @ UVIC: Pharmacists are integral members of the multi-disciplinary team delivering palliative care to those facing life-threatening illness, including at the end of life. As more patients wish to remain at home for the end of life, pharmacists are increasingly called upon to contribute expertise in palliative care pharmacy outside of institutional settings.

Developed in partnership between Victoria Hospice and Continuing Studies at UVic

Palliative Care Intensive Course

This is an Intermediate level online program for physicians, nurses, pharmacists and other health care professionals. This online program will consist of online, self-directed modules, video lectures, and 2 days of live webinars and interactive learning.

The fall 2022 course has been cancelled. Please check back in Jan 2023 for an update.

Psychosocial Care of the Dying and Bereaved

A full-week course for physicians (with CME credits), nurses, social workers, counsellors, clergy, bereavement or hospice coordinators, twice a year in Victoria.

This course is on hold. Please check back for information on future offerings of this course.

Online Learning – Palliative Performance Scale (PPS)

This self-directed, interactive online module allows learners to gain familiarity with the tool, then use their knowledge in life-like assessment activities.

Palliative Care: Better Together

An annual course in partnership with UBC called Palliative Care: Better Together, a series of presentations from experts in the field of palliative medicine, covering state-of-the art patient-centred care of people living with serious illness, and their families.

Pallium Canada’s LEAP Courses

Pallium Canada’s LEAP Mini (by special request) and LEAP Core. LEAP stands for Learning Essential Approaches to Palliative Care. These Pallium Canada’s LEAP Courses are proudly facilitated by our staff who bring a unique approach by incorporating Victoria Hospice’s values and perspective to the curriculum.



Michelle Bahena, Education and Research Project Facilitator


Brittany Clark, Education and Research Projects and Events Coordinator


Michelle Bahena, Education and Research Project Facilitator