Continuing Education

Each year our patient care volunteers are responsible for earning 12 hours of continuing education to remain active. Volunteers are given credit for 4 of these twelve hours for reading At the Heart, our quarterly volunteer newsletter.  Volunteers must earn the other 8 hours by attending an in-service or completing self-study opportunities by the end of the year.  Our 2017 educational opportunities are listed below along with a few last self-study opportunities for 2016:

Care Retreat

Spend time with other HPCCR volunteers, receive 4 hours of continuing education, satisfy your joint visit requirement and enjoy a delicious lunch - all in one awesome day!

Saturday, April 29th, 9am-2:00pm, Levine & Dickson Hospice House Huntersville (11900 Vanstory Drive, Huntersville)

Saturday, August 26th, 9am-2:00pm, Philip L. Van Every Learning Resource Center (6624 Walsh Boulevard, Charlotte, NC)

RSVP to Crystal England at or 704-335-3578. Be sure to let her know of any food allergies since lunch will be served. Space is limited so please be sure you can attend before you RSVP and give us at least 2 weeks notice if you need to cancel

Spring 2017 Book Club

Join us for our Spring 2017 Book Club, The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch, and receive 4 hours of continuing education for reading the book and attending a book club session.

A lot of professors give talks titled "The Last Lecture." Professors are asked to consider their demise and to ruminate on what matters most to them. And while they speak, audiences can't help but mull the same question: What wisdom would we impart to the world if we knew it was our last chance? If we had to vanish tomorrow, what would we want as our legacy?
When Randy Pausch, a computer science professor at Carnegie Mellon, was asked to give such a lecture, he didn't have to imagine it as his last, since he had recently been diagnosed with terminal cancer. But the lecture he gave--"Really Achieving Your Childhood Dreams"--wasn't about dying. It was about the importance of overcoming obstacles, of enabling the dreams of others, of seizing every moment (because "time is all you have...and you may find one day that you have less than you think"). It was a summation of everything Randy had come to believe. It was about living. -

Tuesday, May 23rd, 9am-11am, Uptown-7th Street Location (1420 East 7th Street, Charlotte, NC)

Wednesday, May 24th, 5:30-7:30pm, Philip L. Van Every Learning Resource Center (6624 Walsh Boulevard, Charlotte, NC) **Dinner will be served, so please let us know of any food allergies.

Tuesday, May 23rd,1-3pm, Lincoln County Office (900 Dontia Drive, Lincolnton, NC)

Saturday, June 10th, 9:30-11:30am, Levine & Dickson Hospice House Huntersville (11900 Vanstory Drive, Huntersville)

RSVP to Crystal England at or 704-335-3578.

Skills Fairs

The Skills Fair is a great way to easily schedule your “joint visit” to complete this important ACHC (Accreditation Commission for Health Care) requirement, network with other  volunteers, and receive 2 hours of continuing education! Choose from any of the sessions listed below and RSVP to Crystal England at or 704-335-3578.

Stay tuned for dates to come!

*Please know that we would love to do your joint visit in person, as you make a regular visit to your current patient. If you prefer to meet your joint visit requirement by having your volunteer manager meet you on your visit, please contact them to schedule your visit.


Self-Study Opportunities

If you have not watched the following movies or read the following books, you can check them out from one of our offices through your Volunteer Manager. Questions will be provided along with the movie or the book for you to answer and submit for 2 hours of continuing education for each. If you are unsure if you have used one of these for self-study in the past, please check with your Volunteer Manager.


The Doctor
Christmas in Conway
We Bought a Zoo
Decoding Annie Parker
The Descendants
PS I Love You

Laughter, Tears and Braids
Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand
When Evening Comes
Glimpses of Heaven
The Fault in Our Stars
The Art of Racing in the Rain
Knocking on Heaven’s Door
Seeing the Crab
Life Lessons
Being Mortal
When Breath Becomes Air
Still Alice
As I Lay Dying

Heard of a great event coming up in the community?

Let your volunteer manager know PRIOR to the event, and, if appropriate, it can be approved for continuing education credit, AND advertised to our volunteers.

Attend an IDT Meeting

Join one of our Volunteer Coordinators and the rest of the Interdisciplinary Team (IDT) at an IDT meeting and receive two hours of continuing education. IDT meetings are held every Wednesday. Times and locations vary, so contact your volunteer coordinator to schedule your attendance.

Join us for part of Volunteer Training

Want a refresher? Volunteers are always invited to join us for part of New Volunteer Training. The Policies and Procedures section is typically reviewed on our last day of New Volunteer Training, and is especially helpful for current volunteers who haven't been through training in several years. Feeling like you need a little help with boundaries? Perhaps the social worker section of training would benefit you. Interested in more on the physiology of dying? Then the nursing piece might be the right fit. If you are interested in possibly attending a portion of New Volunteer Training, talk with your volunteer manager to reserve a space. Continuing education hours will vary based on the portion of training you attend.

2016 End of Year Volunteer Education Packet for volunteers missing continuing education for 2016 - please print and return page 1 only, signed and dated.