Training & education

Training and education opportunities in pediatric palliative care

Canuck Place doctor training on the clinical floor at Canuck Place Children's Hospice Canuck Place doctor training on the clinical floor at Canuck Place Children's Hospice

Pediatric palliative care training

At Canuck Place Children’s Hospice, we’re proud to be a leader in Pediatric Palliative Care (PPC) and offer training to help provide exceptional care to children and families in need. We believe in sharing PPC knowledge through training and educating healthcare professionals. Together, we can improve care for children and families facing challenging circumstances.

pediatric palliative care training

Current training opportunities

Our training and education opportunities focus on pediatric palliative care, pain and symptom management, and pediatric advance care planning. We train health-care professionals and in BC and the Yukon, nationally, and internationally.


Canuck Place doctor training fellow during fellowship program offered at Canuck Place

Fellowship and residency programs

Pediatric palliative medicine is focused on managing the symptoms, stress, and suffering of children with chronic or life-threatening illnesses. It spans the continuum of life and death for the child, and through bereavement for the child’s family. A primary goal is to improve quality of life for children and the families that love them.

The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada offers a two-year subspecialty in pediatric palliative medicine at the University of British Columbia.


pediatric palliative care education


We collaborate with partner organizations to advance and grow awareness of pediatric palliative care.

We are proud to partner with the Sunflower Children’s Network, an initiative of the Two Worlds Cancer Collaboration Foundation, which aims to improve care for children with life-limiting illnesses—especially in South Asia; and the BC Centre for Palliative Care, which accelerates innovation and best practices in palliative care.

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Serious Illness Conversation Guide Pediatrics©

Having conversations to explore a family’s values, goals of care, and priorities are essential elements of high-quality care for children with serious illnesses. Working with children with increasing complexity, it is important for health care professionals to develop communication skills in speaking to families about serious illness.

The Serious Illness Conversation Guide Pediatrics© (SICGPeds©) adapted from Ariadne Labs is a tool to support health care providers in leading conversations to explore a family’s understanding of their child’s serious illness and their values, goals, priorities and preferences for care. Conducting serious illness conversations requires specialized knowledge and skills to ensure that topics are handled in a compassionate and effective manner. Learning about a families’ goals empowers health care providers to provide better care.

Since 2018, Canuck Place clinicians in collaboration with patient partners, have trained over 700+ clinicians globally on the SICG-Peds©.

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ECHO series: Comfort with Complexity

Canuck Place partnered with BC Children’s Hospital and the BC Centre for Palliative Care (BC-CPC) to develop Pediatric ECHO: Comfort with Complexity. This 8-session series shares best practices for pediatric patients with serious illness, pain, and medical complexity.


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How can you help?

There are so many ways to give. You can support complex care for children with life-threatening illnesses and families in BC and the Yukon. With your help, Canuck Place will support them in living the end of life as fully as the beginning.