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.

Each year, we deliver two week-long courses that meet the accreditation criteria of the College of Family Physicians of Canada:

Palliative Care: Medical Intensive

A blended course for physicians (with CME credits), nurses and pharmacists, offered in both Victoria and Vancouver.

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.

We also offer:

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.

Palliative Care Pharmacy

Continuing Studies @ UVIC: Developed in partnership between Victoria Hospice and Continuing Studies at the University of Victoria, this exclusively online course is designed for the learning needs of community pharmacists to acquire specialized knowledge to support palliative care patients, family, health and community care nurses, and general practitioners.



Emily Spargo, Co-op Student


Brittany Clark, Education and Research Event Facilitator


Anke Krey, Education and Research Project Facilitator