Serious Illness Conversation Guide Pediatrics©

Canuck Place adapted the Ariadne Labs Serious Illness Conversation Guide for pediatrics, which explores caregiver goals and supports healthcare providers to align the care they provide with what is most important to the family.

The Ariadne Labs (affiliated with the Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health) has developed a systematic approach to serious illness conversations —  the Serious Illness Conversation Guide (SICG). The goal is to spread the use of this tool to improve the lives of people with serious illnesses by increasing meaningful conversations about their values and priorities.

Canuck Place developed an adapted pediatric version of this guide which addresses unique issues for children with serious illnesses. The guide focuses on challenging situations including caring for children too young to express their wishes, collaborating with parents, treating rare diseases where prognostication is particularly difficult, and interacting with multiple health care teams with differing communication competencies.

Mater trainers from Canuck Place have partnered with pediatric palliative care colleagues to train pediatric healthcare professionals to use the SICG-Pediatrics and teach approaches to speak with families about serious illness locally, nationally and internationally.

Exploring Goals and Priorities for Children with Serious Illness Workshop

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. Serious Illness Conversation Guide Pediatrics© (SICGPeds©) – Pediatrics training is a 2.5 hour facilitated interactive online workshop that will empower clinicians to have more therapeutic conversations with parents and family members of seriously ill children.

Learning objectives for this education opportunity:

  • Learn about best practices in conducting serious illness conversations
  • Review the Serious Illness Conversation Guide (SICG) – Pediatric Adapted Version
  • Practice using a structured, family-centred approach when engaging in goals-of-care conversations with parents and families

REGISTER FOR A SICGPEDS© WORKSHOP

Pediatric Train the Trainer: Serious Illness Conversation Guide Workshop

The “Train the Trainer” for the Serious Illness Conversation Guide (SICG) – Pediatrics is a 3 hour workshop that includes content and practice in the role as a SICG facilitator. This training is available to healthcare professionals that have previously taken the SICG-Pediatrics training workshop and regularly use the SICG-Pediatrics guide in their clinical practice. Ideally, trainers will also have experience in teaching and mentoring others in communication strategies.

The objectives are as follows:

o   Discuss the role of the facilitator and trainer

o   Explore adults based learning strategies

o   Review essential aspects of teaching the SIC guide

o   Practice facilitation

o   Review common questions that arise in regard to teaching the guide to various clinicians

Register for an upcoming Pediatric Train the Trainer SICG-Pediatric Workshop

Neonatal Care: Serious Illness Conversation Guide Training Workshop

This Serious Illness Conversation Guide (SICG) – Pediatrics training geared for healthcare professionals who practice in the Neonatal-Intensive Care Unit is a 2.5 hour facilitated interactive online workshop that will empower clinicians to have more therapeutic conversations with caregivers and family members of seriously ill infants.

Learning objectives for this education opportunity:

  • Learn about best practices in conducting serious illness conversations
  • Review the Serious Illness Conversation Guide (SICG) – Neonatal Version
  • Practice using a structured, family-centred approach to goals-of-care conversations when engaging in goals-of-care conversations with parents and families of premature infants

Request a Serious Illness Conversation Guide Training Workshop for your team

If you are interested in arranging a Serious Illness Conversation Guide (SICG) – Pediatrics training for your clinical team we look forward to hearing from you. 

Please contact [email protected] for more information.

Serious Illness Conversation Guide Peds Final v5 pdf