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 2018 educational opportunities are listed below along with a few last self-study opportunities for 2017:

 Book Club

“Slow Dancing with a Stranger” written by Meryl Comer (4 hours of CE)

When Meryl Comer’s husband Harvey Gralnick was diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer’s disease in 1996, she watched as the man who headed hematology and oncology research at the National Institutes of Health started to misplace important documents and forget clinical details that had once been cataloged encyclopedically in his mind. With harrowing honesty, she brings readers face to face with this devastating condition and its effects on its victims and those who care for them. Detailing the daily realities and overwhelming responsibilities of caregiving, Comer sheds intensive light on this national health crisis, using her personal experiences — the mistakes and the breakthroughs — to put a face to a misunderstood disease, while revealing the facts everyone needs to know.

Please read the book in advance and join us at one of the following locations:

  • Hospice of Lincoln County- Tuesday, February 12, 2019, 1pm- 3pm, Fausto Coffee Shop, 116 N.E. Court Square, Lincolnton, NC
  • Learning Resource Center-Tuesday, February 19, 2019, 6pm-8pm, 6624 Walsh Boulevard, Charlotte, NC (dinner served)
  • Levine & Dickson Hospice House-Huntersville-Thursday, February 21, 2019, 10am - 12pm, 11900 Vanstory Drive, Huntersville, NC
RSVP to  Anita Gluodenis at

Spring 2019 In-service

Compassionate Communication: Communicating with Others, Communicating with Yourself (2 Hours of CE)

The 2019 spring in-service will give volunteers the opportunity to learn communication skills from the inside out. HPCCR Senior Director of Spiritual & Grief Care Services, Larry Dawalt has been studying communication since his college days and teaching compassionate communication at HPCCR for four years. In this seminar, he’ll explore sympathy, empathy and compassion, five different forms of communication, three different kinds of listening, perceptual positions, and various aspects of communication with patients that are part of HPCCR’s Exceptional Experience initiative. We hope you can join us for this time of learning, self-reflection and some laughter, too.

  • Hospice of Lincoln County-Tuesday, March 5, 2019 1pm- 3pm, 900 Dontia Drive, Lincolnton, NC
  • Levine & Dickson Hospice House-Huntersville-Thursday, March 7, 2019 6pm - 8pm (Dinner served), 11900 Vanstory Drive, Huntersville, NC
  • Center for Palliative Care Advancement-Saturday, March 9, 2019 9am - 11am, 7600 Little Avenue, Charlotte, NC 

RSVP to  Anita Gluodenis at

Movie Showing

Collateral Beauty (2 hours CE)

When a successful New York advertising executive (Will Smith) suffers a great tragedy, he retreats from life. While his concerned friends try desperately to reconnect with him, he seeks answers from the universe by writing letters to Love, Time and Death. When his notes bring unexpected personal responses, he begins to understand how these constants interlock in a life fully lived and how even the deepest loss can reveal moments of meaning and beauty.

  • Levine & DIckson Hospice House - Huntersville, Thursday, May 16, 2019, 1pm - 3pm, 11900 Vanstory Drive, Huntersville, NC
  • Cener for Palliative Care Advancement, Tuesday, May 21, 2019, 6pm - 8pm, 7600 Little Avenue, Charlotte, NC (light dinner served)
  • Asbury United Methodist Church, Tuesday, May 28, 2019, 1pm - 3pm,  3097 Asbury Church Road, Lincolnton, NC

RSVP to Anita Gluodenis at or 704-602-0890. 


CARE Retreat (4 hours of CE)

  • Levine & Dickson Hospice House-Huntersville-Saturday, May 4, 2019, 9am - 2pm, 11900 Vanstory Drive, Huntersville, NC
  • Center for Palliative Care Advancement, August 17, 2019, 9am - 2pm, 7600 Little Avenue, Charlotte, NC 


Skills Fair

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 Anita Gluodenis at or 704-602-0890. 

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.

Movies: (Volunteers will received 2 hours of continuing education for watching a movie and answering questions provided by the Volunteer Department)

Christmas in Conway

Decoding Annie Parker


It's Not Yet Dark

Patch Adams

PS I Love You

The Bucket List

The Descendants

The Doctor

The Letters

We Bought a Zoo


What Dreams May Come

Books: (Volunteers will receive 4 hours of continuing education for reading a book and answering questions provided by the Volunteer Department)

As I Lay Dying

Being Mortal-Atul Gawande

Being with the Dying, "Memories of a Grateful Hospice Volunteer", written by Terry Denny

Final Gifts-Maggie Callanan & Patricia Kelley

Glimpses of Heaven by Trudy Harris, RN

Knocking on Heaven’s Door-Katy Butler

Laughter, Tears and Braids-Bruce Ham

Life Lessons-David Kessler & Elizabeth Kubler Ross

Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand-Helen Simonson

Same Kind of Different as Me-Ron Hall, Denver Moore & Lynn Vincent

Seeing the Crab-Christina Middlebrook

Still Alice-LIsa Genova

The Art of Racing in the Rain-Garth Stein

The Bright Hour:  A Memoir of Living & Dying by Nina Riggs

The Fault in Our Stars-John Green

The Journey Home-Michael Quinn

When Breath Becomes Air-Paul Kalanithi

When Evening Comes-Christine Andreae

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.

2018 Continuing Education Return Form - Last Chance Packet 2018. 


2018 Continuing Education Last Chance Packet for 2018.