Doula Training – Part I Foundation

The Foundation course: Introduction to a Person-Centred Approach to Death and Dying is a five-day course.


Doula Training – Part I Foundation

Doula Training – Part I Foundation

The Foundation Course: Introduction to a Person-Centred Approach to Death and Dying. The Foundation training may be taken as a stand-alone course or be taken as Part I of the Diploma in The Living Well Dying Well Person-Centred Approach to Death and Dying. All learners receive a CPD (Continuous Professional Development) certificate on completion. Dates for our Foundation courses have been disrupted because of Covid restrictions but will be published here when we are able to reschedule.

Upcoming dates

  • Jul
    Fully Face to Face, 3 days + 2 days
    Course Code: SXF21-1


    • Days 1 - 3
      Mon 26 Jul - Wed 28 Jul - (09:00 - 17:00)
    • Days 4 - 5
      Mon 13 Sep - Tue 14 Sep - (09:00 - 17:00)
    • £675.00 excl.
    Event is fullJoin waiting list


The Foundation course may be taken as a 5-day face to face course; a blended course of 3 days face to face + 4 on-line sessions; or a 10-session on-line training.  It is first part of the Diploma course in The Living Well Dying Well Person-Centred Approach to Death and Dying, which is a Crossfields Institute endorsed quality mark programme.

Booking a place represents a commitment to attend the every day or session of the course booked. The 5-day face to face course involves two blocks  of 3 and 2 days, some weeks apart to allow for reflection after the first three days of the course.  Before booking a place please ensure that you can commit to all dates and keep them free of other commitments.  It is important that you complete the course in one cohort as it is experiential learning.

The Foundation course explores many of the issues in relation to death, dying and the end of life of which, as citizens, we all should be aware. Learners may take the Foundation as a stand-alone CPD course to become more knowledgeable and aware of the emotional, psychological, practical and socio-legal aspects of death and dying in support of family or friends or as a volunteer.  All learners receive a CPD (Continuous Professional Development) certificate on completion of the five days.

The course is an introduction to LWDW’s person-centred approach to being with death and dying, and the first part of the whole Diploma course.  Learners can complete an assignment to progress onto the Diploma course.

Themes covered in the Foundation Course include:

  • understanding grief
  • emotional and spiritual responses to death
  • physical changes at the end of life
  • increasing comfort, integrative health and supportive therapies
  • rituals and practices within cultural and faith groups
  • socio-legal requirements
  • spiritual and self-care practices
  • funeral directors’ practices.

There is a maximum of 16 people per training group.

Course requirements, expectations and progression

We have found that learners drawn to these courses are often on a personal or vocational journey and may include:

  • lay people with a special feeling for being with the dying, who want to support friends, family or colleagues
  • people with a professional background, such as nurses, complementary therapists, counsellors, clergy or nursing home staff, who want to develop skills in end of life support.

We ask that participants are over 18 years old and have:

  • an affinity for this subject
  • a willingness to embark upon a personal journey
  • maturity, sensitivity, adaptability, empathy and good communication skills
  • an awareness of, and are open to, spirituality in all its forms
  • a wish to expand their knowledge and become more confident with death and dying.

The Foundation course will cover sensitive material and may bring to the forefront personal experiences and memories of illness, death and bereavement. It is important that learners are aware of the emotional demands of the course and are prepared to manage these. For this reason we ask participants to complete a short personal statement on our enrolment form, which will be sent to you once you have booked online.  If you have very recently been bereaved, please contact us before booking a place so that we can discuss with you the timing of your entry to the course.

You may wish to use the Foundation course to discover if training as an End of Life Doula feels right for you.  This role requires a high level of self-awareness, reflection, empathy and communication skills, all of which are personal qualities that are common to a wide range of backgrounds and experiences. A commitment to personal development is essential and many people find the programme life-changing.

For those who wish to progress further with the training, we require the successful completion of a progression assignment based on the learning from the Foundation course. We also discuss with each learner how the course is meeting their expectations, as well as their suitability for progressing to the Diploma.

Please note, due to our current training resource, learners wishing to progress to Parts II and III must be prepared to travel to East Sussex to do so.


You can read about booking, payments and cancellations here.

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