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ECHO-BC Palliative Psychosocial Invitation

Looking for connection, mentorship, and quality education?

From Jan-June 2020, the BC Centre for Palliative Care, Victoria Hospice and Canuck Place Children’s Hospice partnered to pilot a community of practice for social workers, counsellors, and spiritual health practitioners working in palliative care, using the Project ECHO Model™. The pilot showed outstanding results in sense of connection, palliative competencies, and integration of best practice evidence into care.

In the Fall of 2020, the three partners will use the learnings from the pilot to offer a new opportunity.

Who may join the group? If at least 50% of your work is focused on supporting patients and families nearing end of life, this may be the group you’ve been looking for.  Participants from the pilot may join with the understanding that some topics will be repeated in a revised format, allowing for more small group discussion.

What is Project ECHO? (See attached page and the link for details on the ECHO Model).
Each FREE, topical session includes watching a pre-recorded, 15-20 minute presentation and then joining a 1-hour on-line session for questions, discussion, case studies and sharing experiences. In addition, participants will have access to an online community where resources such as articles and practice tools will be posted.

All sessions will be 8-9am, the last Thursday of each month.

• Sept 24
• Oct 29
• Nov 26
• Jan 28
• Feb 25
• Mar 25
• Apr 29
• May 27
• Jun 24

The topics will all have a psychosocial palliative care focus and will be chosen from priorities identified by the group. They may include, Anti-racism in Palliative Care, Medical Assistance in Dying, Cultural safety, Supporting families during physical isolation, Leadership, Supporting children, Trauma-informed practice, Complicated grief, Supporting vulnerable populations, and others to be determined.

What equipment do I need?
You will need use of a tablet or computer that allows Zoom, a microphone and a camera.  You may need to request your IT department to install Zoom on your computer. Please allow ample time between your IT request and the first session.

What will be expected of me?
The time commitment will be 1 hour per session plus ½ hour total of pre and post session activities. Before the first session and after the final session, plan for 15 min-1/2 hour for surveys and self-assessment activities.

Participants will be asked to:

• confirm audio and video access to Zoom before the first session

• sign a Community Covenant, which outlines respectful behaviors to ensure a safe space for all

• attend at least 80% of the sessions

• watch the pre-recorded presentation videos before each session (15-20 minutes)

• be prepared to discuss case study examples from their practice in small groups

• complete a baseline survey before the first session and final survey after the last session (5-10 minutes)

• complete pre and post surveys for each session (2-5 minutes)

• agree to sharing of anonymized data for publications, presentations and reports

• participate in an online forum between sessions

How do I join?
To register please email Please email as soon as you can with your interest as spots are filling up fast! Registration will continue only until we reach capacity.