Respecting Choices First Steps® Advance Care Planning (ACP) Facilitator Certification Course

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*Registration payment includes Credit Cards and Interfund Transfers ONLY.

Target Audience

Nurses, Care Managers, Case Managers, Social Workers, Clergy, Nurse Practitioners, and other healthcare professionals who assist with Advanced Care Planning.


This workshop is now being offered in person only.

This workshop is jointly provided by Charlotte AHEC Nursing Education and Your Care-Your Choice, a department of Atrium Health.

Course Description:

The First Steps ACP Facilitator Certification course is designed to help participants learn the skills needed to facilitate foundational ACP conversations with individuals who are healthy or have early chronic illness. This course is intended for a variety of professionals (social workers, nurses, health educators, physicians, clergy, and other care providers) and community volunteers. This course is appropriate for all levels of knowledge.

Course Requirements/Pre-Requisites

(Instructions for completing the following pre-course requirements will be emailed to you upon registration for this course):

• Completion of Respecting Choice ACP Core Curriculum Course (Registration Link is Below)
• Completion of the Respecting Choices First Steps® ACP Facilitator Online Modules (1-5);
• Complete “practice” Advance Directive document; submit to Instructor for review (this will be returned to participant);
• Review the Advance Directive document appropriate for your organization/community

How to Register for Respecting Choices Advance Care Planning Core Curriculum Course

Respecting Choices Core Curriculum, March 14, 2022 | 8:30am - 12:00pm Follow this link to register for the Respecting Choices Core Curriculum

CE Credit:

3.5 Nursing Contact Hours
Charlotte Area Health Education Center is an approved provider of continuing nursing professional development by the North Carolina Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.

0.35 CEUs/3.5 Contact Hours

Learning Outcome:

Participants will be able to apply effective communication and conversation skills and critical thinking for person-centered Advance Care Planning facilitation for both in-person visits and telehealth.


Respecting Choices is a division of C-TAC Innovations.
The term “certification,” as used in Respecting Choices educational programs and products, means that Respecting Choices issues a certificate upon fulfillment of the
following elements:

1) completion of a specified Respecting Choices educational program with standardized content
and processes;
2) successful demonstration of skills associated with the specified program; and

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This project is/was supported by funds from the Bureau of Health Professions (BHPr), Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) under grant number U1QHP28734, Carolina Geriatric Workforce Enhancement Program. This information or content and conclusions are those of the author and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by the BHPr, HRSA, DHHS or the U.S. Government.”

“The UNC Center for Aging and Health, Carolina Geriatric Workforce Enhancement Program also provided support."


  • Define benefits of First Steps conversation and identify appropriate target population.
  • Demonstrate the application of the person-centered decision-making framework to elicit preferences and decisions.
  • Create strategies to transfer individual goals, values, and preferences to a written plan.
  • Demonstrate beginning competency in facilitating First Steps ACP conversations through role-play exercises.


Kimberly Schnitzler MSN, RN, 704 512 2321


Richard Durham M.Div., BCC, Michelle Kirby MHA/MBA, BSN, BS, RN, Beth Rosenberg MSW, LCSW
Mar 14, 2023
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Check-In Time
1:00 PM
0.35 - CEU
3.50 - Contact Hours
3.50 - Nursing Contact Hours
South Piedmont AHEC
Classroom 17/18
Mar 14, 2023
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
South Piedmont AHEC
Classroom 17/18
Registration - Includes course materials and half-day workshop.
Contact Hours
Nursing Contact Hours