End of Life care can be a very rewarding career. First we recommend taking training by a reputable educational institution.
The EOLDAC Board of Directors has reviewed over 20+ End of Life Doula programs, looking for the coverage of core competencies for Doula Work. The following factors are included in the consideration process: the role of a doula, scope of work, communication, family management, identifying priorities, vigilling, Advance Care Planning, and more. Here are the programs currently recommended by the End of Life Doula Association of Canada:
Douglas College End-of-Life Doula
Institute For Traditional Medicine: Contemplative End of Life Care
Durham College - required Advance Care Planning and Role/Scope of Doula training, which we can help with
We also recommend US-based training programs like Doulagivers, INELDA, University of Vermont, Quality of Life Care, Doorway into Light, International Doula Life Movement, and the Conscious Dying Institute, however we encourage you to take supplementary training on Canadian Advance Care Planning, which we can help you with.
Are you a nurse, doctor, or social worker, looking to upgrade your end of life care skills to enhance your career? The following are great resources:
The Canadian Hospice and Palliative Care Association
Life and Death Matters: Palliative Care Education for Nurses/Care aides
The End of Life Doula Association of Canada has crafted their vision, mission and scope of practice for End of Life Doulas, which can be viewed here: Doula Vision, Mission, Scope of Practice »
Joining the EOLDAC as either a supporting member or a registered member gives access to monthly training meetings that are available online through Zoom or in person for Vancouver-area residents. You can check out more about the memberships here.
Please check out our FAQs page for more information on End of Life Doula work.