Education Overview

Pine Tree Hospice is an organization with volunteers whose purpose is to care for families in our community during and after a progressive life-limiting illness

Our educational programs are designed to prepare volunteers for the roles of
"Direct Care Hospice", "Indirect Care", or "Bereavement Facilitator"

Direct Care Hospice volunteers
interact with clients and families; they do not provide physical care to clients
   
Indirect Care Volunteers serve clients and families, but do not interact directly with clients who have life-limiting illness

Bereavement Facilitators support bereaved adult, family, and children groups

    All educational programs for Pine Tree Hospice volunteers are free of charge
Hospice 101
Hospice 101 is an introduction to hospice for indirect care volunteers

This 4-hour orientation program prepares volunteers to serve as indirect care providers

"Indirect care" includes services such as cooking, picking up prescriptions, working in the office or library, fund raising, serving on the board or on a committee, but does not include direct interaction with clients or families

Upon completion, participants interested in becoming a direct care volunteer may choose to be mentored by an experienced Pine Tree Hospice direct care volunteer during visits with hospice clients and families for a maximum of 20 hours

Hospice 101 is offered as a class and also offered as Independent Study

Certificates are awarded after completion

Visit the Hospice 101 page for more information/a>

Core
Curriculum
The Core Curriculum is the first part of the educational preparation for direct care hospice volunteers and for bereavement facilitators

The Core Curriculm is a 12.5-hour program

Direct care volunteers serve hospice clients and families, but do not provide physical, nursing, or medical care

Bereavement facilitators support bereaved adults, children and families in structured group settings

Certificates are awarded after completion
Direct Care
Hospice Education
After completing the Core Curriculum, the 9-hour Direct Care program prepares volunteers to provide direct service to hospice families

“Direct care” involves being with a hospice client and family and may include quiet companionship, respite care, transportation, or activities such as fishing, playing cards, reading or excursions

Direct care does not include physical, nursing, or medical care

Direct care volunteers may choose to participate in any direct or indirect care Pine Tree Hospice function

Certificates are awarded after completion

Visit the Hospice Education page for more information

Bereavement
Facilitator
After completing the Core Curriculum, the 14-hour Bereavement Facilitator program prepares volunteers to provide bereavement support to adults, children and families through the Pine Tree Hospice Bereavement Programs

Bereavement Facilitators may choose to participate in structured group settings, which include the Nights of Service program for grieving children and families, the Lunch and Learn program for grieving adults,
and an adult evening grief support group

Certificates are awarded after completion

Visit the Bereavement Education page for more information

Partnering
with PVAEC
Pine Tree Hospice partners with the Penquis Valley Adult Education Cooperative to periodically bring relevant educational opportunities to members of the community

These course offerings are published in the PVAEC catalogue, on the PVAEC website (www.pvaec.org), and, when offered, on the Pine Tree Hospice home page and "Current Happenings" section
Continuing Education
All volunteers are required to complete continuing education hours annually

Direct care hospice volunteers and bereavement facilitators complete 8 hours of continuing education annually

Indirect care hospice volunteers  complete 4 hours of continuing education annually

The Pine Tree Hospice Education Committee offers a variety of programs throughout the year for volunteers and community members

Visit the Continuing Education page in the "For Volunteers" section for more information

Call for Presenters ...

Greetings to you who have offered presentations for us in the past, and to those of you who may be interested in sharing your experience and expertise

The Pine Tree Hospice Education Committee maintains a database of presenters and their areas of expertise for planning and publicizing upcoming events

Are you interested in joining our Presenter Pool?

Please tell us who you are and what topics you would like
to share with others during one of our educational events