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Caregivers Course

A course for the Emotional Support Worker.
This equips you with knowledge to understand the emotional effects a person with a life limiting or life threatening illness experience and how you can support them.
It covers the following topics:

  • Personal Growth: teaches you to understand yourself. Before you can empathise with others you need to be comfortable with your own emotions.
  • Basic Counselling Skills: teaches you listening skills to effectively support our patients and their families.

Date: 27 February 2014 from 09:00 to 13:00
Cost: R300 (bursaries available)
Duration: 10 weeks – one morning per week

Application forms can be downloaded here or contact Marline Louw on Cell: 082 684 3285 or email: socialwork@hospiceknysna.org.za. Application forms to be submitted by 14th February 2014.
Having submitted your application form an interview process will be conducted to evaluate suitability for caregiving work.

Introduction to Psychosocial Palliative Care Course

Psychosocial and spiritual care is integral to the provision of quality palliative care to patients and families with a life limiting or life threatening illness. This psychosocial course was developed by the Hospice Palliative Care Association of South Africa (HPCA) and is presented by qualified Knysna Sedgefield Hospice trainers. The aim is to better equip psychosocial professionals, including social workers, psychologists, spiritual care practitioners and occupational therapists to provide appropriate and comprehensive psychosocial palliative care to clients and families affected by life limiting and life threatening illness in hospices and other healthcare settings within the South African context.
Duration: 5 full days
Requirements: A psychologist and/or social work qualification

TB Training Course

The goal of Palliative Care is to improve the quality of life of people living with life limiting and life threatening illness and their family members. Palliative care services contribute to the improvement of the quality of life of people with TB infection, both individually and collectively. This TB course was developed by the Hospice Palliative Care Association of South Africa (HPCA) and is presented by qualified Knysna Sedgefield Hospice trainers.
Duration: 3 full days
Requirements: This course can be presented to Professional Nurses; Registered Nurses; Enrolled Nursing Assistants; Auxiliary Nurses; Community Care Workers and Social Workers

Physical Assessment

Nursing assessment is the gathering of information about a patient’s physiological; psychological; sociological and spiritual status where the problems might be actual or precursor to illness. The course aims to identify the patient's nursing requirements for the purpose of patient care planning.
Duration: 3 full days
Requirements: Professional nursing qualification or register nurse qualification

Introduction to Palliative Care Course

The World Health Organisation defines Palliative Care as follows: "Palliative Care is an approach that improves the quality of life of patients and their families facing problems associated with life-threatening illness, through the prevention and relief of suffering, the early identification and impeccable assessment and treatment of pain and other problems, physical, psychosocial and spiritual. Palliative care includes all aspects of care, medical and non-medical and as such is described as total care."

The aim of this course is to teach learners that Palliative Care:

  • Provides relief from pain and other distressing symptoms
  • Affirms life and death as a normal process
  • Intends neither to hasten or postpone death
  • Integrates the psychological and spiritual aspects of patient care
  • Offers a support system to help patients live as actively as possible until death
  • Offers a support system to help the family cope during the patient’s illness and in their bereavement
  • Uses a team approach to address the needs of patients and their families, including bereavement counselling, if indicate
  • Will enhance quality of life, and will positively influence the course of illness
  • Is applicable early in the course of illness, in conjunction with other therapies that are implemented to prolong life, such as chemotherapy or radiation therapy, and includes those investigations needed to better understand and manage distressing clinical complications

Duration: 6 full days spread out over a period of weeks
Requirements: This course can be presented to Professional Nurses; Registered Nurses; Enrolled Nursing Assistants; Auxiliary Nurses; Community Care Workers; Social Workers and Medical Doctors

Bereavement Training Course

Our society does not prepare us for the violence of emotions which can be experienced after the death of a loved person. Sometimes grieving people think they are going “mad” as they struggle with conflicting feelings. Support of a caring person can be of great value in the weeks, months following the death. This person walks alongside and can offer both counselling and practical assistance. The course provides knowledge of relevant bereavement theory, the developing of counselling skills and the practice of these skills.
Duration: 10 sessions once a week for 10 weeks
Requirements: Completed Emotional Caregivers Training Course and/or a basic counselling course, Pre-course interview

Emotional Caregivers Training Course

The overall course objective is to prepare learners for work with Hospice patients and their families through increasing self awareness and the transfer of knowledge.
Duration: 10 sessions once a week for 10 weeks
Requirements: Pre-course interview

Defining Palliative Care for Non-Clinical Professionals


The objectives of this course aim to enhance a better understanding of what palliative care is and to identify the two essential components of palliative care. It also aims to identify the common misconceptions of palliative care and assess practical ways of integrating the ethos of palliative care into organisational culture / life.
Duration: 1 morning session
Requirements: None