PACE for PSWs  A palliative care education program for personal support workers

Palliative Care Education Developed Specifically for PSWs

(and all others providing the same care under different job titles, e.g., HCW, CCA etc.)



What you can learn at PACE for PSWs

With PACE for PSWs, you will:

  • Understand how people commonly die in the 21st century, and develop skills for supporting their comfort
  • Build best practices for communicating and connecting with patients and families
  • Develop practical and psychosocial skills for integrating a palliative approach, providing care in last days and hours and supporting people experiencing loss and grief.
  • Learn how to provide a culturally safe space and use a trauma-informed approach when working with First Nation, Metis, Inuit or urban Indigenous people, or any person with different cultural values.
  • Create a self-care plan to help manage workplace stresses and reduce the risk of developing compassion fatigue.


"Program graduates reported increased confidence and comfort in providing palliative care and integrating a palliative approach."



Build your skills for integrating a palliative approach

  • Ten, self-paced courses
  • Interactive and dynamic learning activities
  • Meet the Canadian and Provincial palliative care competencies for PSWs


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Free Course

"Providing culturally safe care with an Indigenous Lens"

Expand your caregiving by exploring Indigenous experiences and the impact of colonialism on their accessibility to health care. You'll learn what cultural safety means when providing care and develop skills for meeting the Calls to Action for health care from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission

Understand and apply the concept of Two-Eyed Seeing when providing care, and learn why this perspective benefits the person receiving and the person providing care.

Image credit: Brian Sinclair Mural, by Stephen Gladue 2020 @stephengladue

Earn a National Certificate
in Palliative Care

Complete ten courses to receive a National Certificate in Palliative Care from the Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Association, Hospice Palliative Care Ontario, and Life and Death Matters.

Providing the best care for patients, supporting the team, and practising self-care is possible through the PACE for PSWs courses. Content is aligned with provincial and national palliative care competencies.




Early Bird Special


A single course - $33.90 including applicable taxes ($30 + applicable taxes).

For a limited time - $160 (+ applicable taxes) for the entire ten-course program and a National Certificate in Palliative Care

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The PACE for PSWs Program was developed through a partnership between the Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Association, Hospice Palliative Care Ontario and Life and Death Matters. Program made possible through financial contributions from Health Canada and the Sovereign Order of St John of Jerusalem (The views expressed herein do not necessarily represent the views of Health Canada). 

Specific to the Indigenous course for the new PACE for PSWs Program, it was made possible through a financial contribution from the Saint Elizabeth Foundation. Additionally, content was adapted from the CINA/SE FNIM Program course with the permission and support of CINA and SE Health. Special thanks to SE FNIM Program for their content, advice and expertise on cultural safety and Indigenous awareness. 

In support of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission's Call to Action, the joint parties have agreed to offer this course free of charge.