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Volunteer Training Program

Anam Cara provides training and emotional support for caregivers. Take a moment to look into their intensive Volunteer Training Program.

Hospice Volunteer Training, Feb. 28 to Mar. 2 at Anam Cara

Los Angeles Hospice at Anam Cara is offering an intensive 16-hour course the weekend of February 28-March 2 in Topanga on how to provide comfort and emotional support to hospice patients. The hours are Friday from 7 to 10 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The training is suitable for volunteers, professional end-of-life caregivers and others wishing to provide terminally ill people with a peaceful, dignified end-of-life experience. The program may be used for continuing education credit for chaplains certified with the Board of Chaplaincy Certification Inc.

The training will be led by Mitchell A. Metzner, Ph.D., M.Ed., Los Angeles Hospice at Anam Cara CEO and former Los Angeles Chapter director and lead trainer for The Twilight Brigade; and Los Angeles Hospice at Anam Cara CFO, Gabe Gelbart.

“Hospice volunteer training helps participants confront their own fears and sometimes hidden obstructions in our psyche, allowing for a deeper consciousness about being present and bearing witness to the life of another,” notes Dr. Metzner. “Sitting bedside as a volunteer or with a personal loved one can be richer and fuller as a result of the training.”

The course’s learning objectives include:

• What death teaches us about life

• Defining hospice and palliative care

• Natural process of dying

• Empathetic listening

• Being present for another

• Bedside 101

• Support for the dying and loved ones

• Overcoming personal fears and obstacles

• Understanding loss and grief

• Self-care and boundaries

Participants who complete the training will receive a certificate of completion and, as desired, opportunities for being mentored and volunteering bedside.

To defray the costs associated with offering training programs as a nonprofit, a donation of $200 or more is suggested for each participant. However, no one will be turned away for lack of funds.

Space is limited and advance registration is required. To reserve a space, contact Dana Bigman at (310) 478-6596 or

  1. Geanna

    When is your next training scheduled?
    I missed this one, shucks
    Please put me on your email list for other announcements and such
    Thank you

  2. Elaine Cadish
    Elaine Cadish10-26-2015

    I’m very interested in taking your hospice training. What are the fees and how long does it take?
    Thank you,

    • Mitch Metzner
      Mitch Metzner10-28-2015

      Elaine, Thank you for writing about our next training. We are currently referring trainees to another program until we are closer to opening, fundraising allowing us to open is our primary goal at the moment. We will resume trainings once we can afford to file our licensing application to open.

      The other program we refer to I am also a trainer for, The Twilight Brigade at the Westwood VA Medical Center, the trainer is Shelley Whizin:

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