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Coordinator Training

In this train-the-trainer program you will learn the skills needed to establish a relationship- and evidence-based bereavement program while building an interprofessional team within your system.

RTS Coordinator Training also prepares you to deliver the three RTS Bereavement Training core courses (Perinatal Death; Neonatal and Pediatric Death; and Adult Death) to your staff, and to provide other in-services within your healthcare system. (If you are interested in attending but are not employed by a healthcare system, please contact us at to discuss if the training is right for you.)

Emphasis is placed on change theory, eliciting support, teaching strategies, and leadership skills.

Who should attend?
This course is intended for: Nurses, social workers (all levels of practice), chaplains, genetic counselors, physicians/physician assistants, child life specialists, hospital-employed doulas.

Resolve Through Sharing Bereavement Training: Perinatal Death; Resolve Through Sharing Bereavement Training: Neonatal and Pediatric Death; or Resolve Through Sharing Bereavement Training: Adult Death.

Relational Learning Methodology
Because RTS incorporates a relational learning methodology as a best practice model (see Resolve Through Sharing Bereavement Education Model Position Paper), we strongly encourage a team teaching approach when delivering the RTS Bereavement Training. Relational learning occurs dynamically through three different levels of relationships: participants with each other, participants with presenters, and presenters with each other. Therefore, two RTS Coordinators should co-present most of the didactic material. If you have questions regarding this recommendation, please contact our national office at


8:00 a.m.


  • Defining your style
  • Goals for the day

Section 1

  • 2 Hour House Study Guide discussion
  • Diffusion of innovation
  • Defining your project
  • Guiding change
  • Systems thinking
  • Creating a standard of care
  • Developing a bereavement committee
  • Plan the plan

12:00 p.m. Lunch

Section 2

  • Teaching and presenting
  • Learning styles inventory
  • Adult learners
  • P-O-P
  • Implementing education
  • Developing your leadership style
  • Keeping your program VITAL
  • Surveys and evaluations
  • Assuring quality outcomes
  • Creating a functional work environment

3:30 p.m. Closing video and ritual

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