Doula Training – Foundation

The Foundation Course: Introduction to a Person-Centred Approach to Death and Dying. The Foundation training may be taken as a stand-alone course or be taken as the first component of the Diploma in The Living Well Dying Well Person-Centred Approach to Death and Dying. All learners receive a CPD (Continuous Professional Development) certificate on completion.

Upcoming dates

  • Jul
    05
    22
    Fully face to face 3 days + 2 days
    Course Code: SXF22-2

    Sessions:

    • Days 1 - 3
      Tue 05 Jul - Thu 07 Jul - (09:00 - 17:00)
    • Days 4 - 5
      Tue 16 Aug - Wed 17 Aug - (09:00 - 17:00)
    • £675.00 excl.
  • Jul
    26
    22
    Fully face to face, 3 days + 2 days
    Course Code: SXF22-3

    Sessions:

    • Days 1 - 3
      Tue 26 Jul - Thu 28 Jul - (09:00 - 17:00)
    • Days 4 - 5
      Thu 22 Sep - Fri 23 Sep - (09:00 - 17:00)
    • £675.00 excl.
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  • Aug
    30
    22
    RESIDENTIAL 3 + 2 nights
    Course Code: BBF22-1r

    Sessions:

    • Sessions 1 - 6
      Tue 30 Aug - Fri 02 Sep - (12:00 - 13:00)
    • Sessions 7 - 10
      Tue 11 Oct - Thu 13 Oct - (12:00 - 13:00)
    This is a residential course and additional fees are applicable. Please select your accommodation requirements at the checkout.
    • £675.00 excl.
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  • Sep
    14
    22
    Fully face to face 3 days + 2 days
    Course Code: NB22-1

    Sessions:

    • Days 1 - 3
      Wed 14 Sep - Fri 16 Sep - (09:00 - 17:00)
    • Days 4 - 5
      Mon 24 Oct - Tue 25 Oct - (09:00 - 17:00)
    • £675.00 excl.
  • Oct
    26
    22
    10 Sessions online
    Course Code: OLF22-5

    Sessions:

    • Meet & Greet Tech Check
      Wed 26 Oct - Wed 26 Oct - (18:00 BST - 18:45 BST)
    • Sessions 1 -2
      Fri 28 Oct - Fri 28 Oct - (09:00 BST - 17:00 BST)
    • Session 3
      Fri 04 Nov - Fri 04 Nov - (09:30 GMT - 13:00 GMT)
    • Session 4
      Fri 11 Nov - Fri 11 Nov - (09:30 GMT - 13:00 GMT)
    • Session 5
      Fri 18 Nov - Fri 18 Nov - (09:30 GMT - 13:00 GMT)
    • Session 6
      Fri 25 Nov - Fri 25 Nov - (09:30 GMT - 13:00 GMT)
    • Session 7
      Fri 02 Dec - Fri 02 Dec - (09:30 GMT - 13:00 GMT)
    • Session 8
      Fri 09 Dec - Fri 09 Dec - (09:30 GMT - 13:00 GMT)
    • Session 9 - 10
      Fri 16 Dec - Fri 16 Dec - (09:00 GMT - 17:00 GMT)
    • £675.00 excl.
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Description

The Foundation training is made up of 10 sessions which are delivered in one of the following formats:

  • A five day face to face course
  • Blended 3 day face to face followed by 4 online sessions
  • 10 session online course
  • 7 night residential training (4 nights + 3 nights)

The Foundation course explores many of the issues in relation to death, dying and the end of life of which, as citizens, we all should be aware. Learners may take the Foundation as a stand-alone CPD course, which holds the Crossfields Quality Mark, to become more knowledgeable and aware of the emotional, psychological, practical and socio-legal aspects of death and dying in support of family or friends or as a volunteer.  All learners receive a CPD (Continuous Professional Development) certificate on completion of the 10 sessions.

The course is an introduction to Living Well Dying Well’s person-centred approach to being with death and dying, and the first part of the whole Diploma course.  Learners can complete an assignment to progress onto the Diploma course.

Themes covered in the Foundation Course include:

  • understanding grief
  • emotional and spiritual responses to death
  • physical changes at the end of life
  • increasing comfort, integrative health and supportive therapies
  • rituals and practices within cultural and faith groups
  • socio-legal requirements
  • spiritual and self-care practices
  • funeral directors’ practices.

 

Course requirements, expectations and progression

We have found that learners drawn to these courses are often on a personal or vocational journey and may include:

  • lay people with a special feeling for being with the dying, who want to support friends, family or colleagues
  • people with a professional background, such as nurses, complementary therapists, counsellors, clergy or nursing home staff, who want to develop skills in end of life support.

We ask that participants are over 18 years old and have:

  • an affinity for this subject
  • a willingness to embark upon a personal journey
  • maturity, sensitivity, adaptability, empathy and good communication skills
  • an awareness of, and are open to, spirituality in all its forms
  • a wish to expand their knowledge and become more confident with death and dying.

The Foundation course will cover sensitive material and may bring to the forefront personal experiences and memories of illness, death and bereavement. It is important that learners are aware of the emotional demands of the course and are prepared to manage these. For this reason we ask participants to complete a short personal statement on our enrolment form, which will be sent to you once you have booked online.  If you have very recently been bereaved, please contact us before booking a place so that we can discuss with you the timing of your entry to the course.

You may wish to use the Foundation course to discover if training as an End of Life Doula feels right for you.  This role requires a high level of self-awareness, reflection, empathy and communication skills, all of which are personal qualities that are common to a wide range of backgrounds and experiences. A commitment to personal development is essential and many people find the programme life-changing.

For those who wish to progress further with the training, we require the successful completion of a progression assignment based on the learning from the Foundation course. We also discuss with each learner how the course is meeting their expectations, as well as their suitability for progressing to the Diploma.

Booking your place

Booking a place represents a commitment to attend the every day or session of the course booked. Before booking a place please ensure that you can commit to all dates and keep them free of other commitments.  It is important that you complete the course in one cohort as it is experiential learning.

Once your booking is confirmed for the Foundation course we will be sent details of how to enrol, which includes a request for a personal statement to explain your motivation for joining the course and we also request a photo for our records.  The Learner's Handbook and Crossfields Programme Guide are issued to each Learner before the course.  There are no entry requirements, although if you have been recently bereaved we would want to discuss the timing of your entry on the course. Our FAQs should be able to answer most questions but do feel free to contact us if you require further information.

Ts & Cs

You can read about booking, payments and cancellations here.

 

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