University of Southern Indiana

Respecting Choices® First Steps®

Description of Program
Respecting Choices® First Steps®  Advance Care Planning Facilitator Certification for Advance Care Planning (ACP) is a program that offers online as well as a live day of education. The foundation is laid for participants to be able to facilitate ACP conversations with any adult.  The combination of online and live elements of this program will enhance participants knowledge and skills related to ACP.  Advance care planning documents are also reviewed and discussed.

Who should enroll in this program?
This program is designed for English-speaking individuals with an interest in learning more about advance care planning conversations.

Program Content
The content is divided into an online portion that is completed prior to attending the live day. Respecting Choices® in Wisconsin creates the online and live content for the program.  The online program consists of 6 modules that are completed by the learner over 4-6 hours.  The live day includes working with facilitators to hone interviewing skills related to advance care planning. Immediate feedback is provided to all learners.  The online content includes case scenarios and videos.  The live content includes small group work, didactic, videos, case scenarios, role playing, debriefing, and self reflection. 

Program Schedule
This program consists of an online portion of 6 modules that must be completed prior to the live 8 hour day.  This activity is offered twice a year.

2018 Dates
March 5
Sept. 25


Delivery of Content
The content is delivered asynchronous via the online learning management system. The internet provides an opportunity for interaction with program faculty while in the comfort of learning in your own home and office.  Program staff are available during business hours by phone or email to assist participants with technical issues or concerns. The online content is followed by an 8-hour day of live content.

Note: Many businesses, especially government agencies or health institutions, utilize security firewalls.  Access to web links within program and communication from the instructor, or other students may be blocked. We recommend not using your work email address for this course.

Contact Hours
8 hours

Successful completion of this program does not guarantee expertise in the content. Clinical experience and judgment coupled with an understanding of the content are necessary to attain competency.

Criteria for Successful Completion

  • Submit registration and payment.
  • Complete online and live portion of this hybrid program.
  • A certificate for contact hours will be awarded following successful completion of learning activities for each module and submission of program evaluation.

Faculty Name and Credentials
We strive to provide interprofessional education by utilizing a variety of content experts, instructors, contributors, and reviewers. 

Kevin Valadares, PhD

Jennifer Palmer, BSN, RN, CMSRN

Conflict of Interest Statement
There is no conflict of interest for anyone in a position to control content for this activity.

Accreditation with Distinction

The University of Southern Indiana College of Nursing and Health Professions is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation. USI was recognized as accredited with distinction through November 30, 2018.


State of California
The University of Southern Indiana is approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing. Provider #13378.

University of Southern Indiana is an approved provider of continuing education for social workers, marriage and family therapists, psychologists and other professionals licensed in the state of Indiana. Social workers in other states should check for approval on a program-by-program basis.

The University of Southern Indiana has been approved by the Indiana State Board of Health Facility Administrators as a sponsor of continuing education programs for health facility administrators (License #98000033A).

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