Spreading Our Wings
Sep. 8 2017
Our trainings are 22 hours in length. They typically begin on a Friday, 3PM – 9PM, Saturday 9AM – 5PM and Sunday 9AM – 5PM.
No, you are free to choose any accommodations in the area. We will break for dinner on Friday night, and lunch on Saturday and Sunday.
The cost is $600. We accept Master Card, Visa and American Express.
Unfortunately, we plan our schedule one year in advance. Many of our students travel to the closest training site available.
No, just come with an open heart and an open mind to learn!
You will get an email after registration detailing the dates and times of training. You will receive a training manual the first day of the course.
No, our training material is copyrighted and cannot be shared.
We are working on getting our course approved, but at this time we cannot offer CEU’s.
Sometimes a block of rooms is available, on a first come, first serve basis. If there are rooms at the training site, it will be clearly listed on our website with the training.
The training will cover our three phase model:
Phase I: Summing up and planning- active listening, signs and symptoms of death, exploring meaning, creating a legacy, planning for the vigil, visualization techniques.
Phase II: Active dying, guided imagery, practicing visualization use of rituals, self care.
Phase III: Reprocessing and grief work
No. Anyone can learn to be an end of life doula. There are no prerequisites and there is no prior clinical training necessary.
We recommend you sign up as a volunteer at a local hospital or hospice. You can then ask the volunteer coordinator to specifically place you with people who are dying.
Yes. Many of our trainees have started a doula business. We recommend you have the necessary experience before starting as a business and practicing as a doula. As this is a new field, it may take a bit of marketing and advertising to help people understand the services you are offering.
We recommend you wait at least a year to process your own grief before you take this class. We cover many sensitive subjects and until you have processed your own losses, it may be difficult.
At this time, we are not offering scholarships. However, we hope to do so in the near future.
Payment is due in full at time of registration.
Membership is $100
Yes. If you are a member, you will receive 10% off the next training you take within one year of your membership date. Your membership code will be linked to your registration and the discount will be applied.
Our member only webinars are every other month.
Currently there is no state or federal regulatory body that certifies end of life doulas.
INELDA believes that our doulas should meet the highest standards of practice. Certification is an additional credential to ensure that our ethics and standards of practice are met.
The requirements are listed on our website.
The first step is to take our initial doula training class. After the class, you if wish to go on for certification, you can get the certification packet online.
No. Certification is optional, but ensures that you have met our higher standards and denotes that you have been through our examination and rigorous process.
You have 3 years from the time the packet is requested to complete the process.
Yes, recertification is necessary every 3 years.
No. Since all of our doulas come with different qualifications, we prefer your certification hours to begin after our 22-hour training. That way we can ensure that all of our doulas are trained within our parameters.
We recommend that you start out volunteering at a local hospital or hospice. Ask the volunteer coordinator to match you with a patient who is terminal. Most volunteer coordinators are happy to do this. You can also work with family and friends if appropriate.