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First Steps ACP Facilitator Certification

First Steps ACP Facilitator Certification is intended for healthcare providers (nurses, all levels of social workers and physicians), clergy, and others involved in providing ACP facilitation.

The purpose of this program is to assist participants in learning effective communication and interview skills for patient-centered ACP facilitation.

  1. Identify interview skills for First Steps ACP discussions.
  2. Identify interview skills for First Steps ACP for adults with chronic illness.
  3. Describe strategies for creating a clear, thorough, and accurate advance directive document.
  4. Identify strategies for community engagement.
  5. Examine three key systems for building an effective ACP program.
  6. Demonstrate beginning competency in facilitating First Steps ACP discussions through role-play activities.
Respecting Choices Online Facilitator Course (included in registration fee).


7:30 a.m.  Sign in and continental breakfast
Overview of course
8:30 Review of First Steps ACP facilitation skills
9:30 Break
9:45 Review of First Steps ACP facilitation skills (online modules 4 & 5)
10:45 Practice role-play exercises
11:45 Debriefing
Noon Lunch
12:45 p.m. The personal connection
1:15 Creating an advance directive (online module 3) 
2:00 Community engagement
2:30 Break
2:45 Making ACP work: Building systems (online module 6)
3:15 Competency validation role-play exercise
4:15 Summary/evaluation
4:30 Adjourn
Certification Disclaimer
The term "certification," as used in Respecting Choices® educational programs and products means that Gundersen Health System issues a certificate upon fulfillment of the following elements:
  1. completion of a specified Respecting Choices educational program with standardized content and processes;
  2. successful demonstration of skills associated with the specified program; and
  3. if applicable, an 80 percent or higher score on a written examination associated with the specified program.
The Respecting Choices certification programs are not credentialed by a national accreditation body.
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