Through a long-standing community partnership, the University of Colorado School of Medicine and The Denver Hospice have developed an Advance Care Planning (ACP) Volunteer Training Certification Program funded through the Colorado Health Foundation and NextFifty.

What is advance care planning?

Advance care planning facilitates on-going, meaningful conversations by identifying patients’ values and beliefs around medical care decisions. Advance directives are legal documents that allow your medical wishes to be known and enable you to designate a decision maker if you become unable to speak for yourself.

Why is advance care planning important?

  1. Before an illness or serious medical condition, advance directives can prevent unwanted medical procedures.
  2. Peer to peer conversations offer a safe, comfortable format to discuss health care decisions.
  3. Self-advocacy encourages your healthcare team to support your personal values and healthcare goals.

What can I expect from the sessions?

  • Learn and practice how to have quality and meaningful conversations about ACP with those you care about.
  • Increase self-awareness of your own preferences, values and communication styles.
  • Become knowledgeable about advance directive forms.
  • Be a voice and resource for those around you and assist in changing the culture on a peer-to-peer level.

How long does it take to become certified?

Certification requires attending four weekly classroom trainings, totaling 16 hours, plus at-home study of four hours or less.

Can you explain certification?

Certification is attained through successful completion of attending all four training sessions, facilitating three interactions, and the skills comprehension test.

Download the 2018 ACP Certification Training (PDF) flyer.

If you are interested in learning more about our program please contact Lierin Flanagan, MSW, Advance Care Planning Program Coordinator, at or 303-780-4514.

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