We are so happy that you are reading this. We know how amazing it is to belong to a community of life minded individuals all passionate about the same thing. The topic of death and dying is usually TABOO, and therefore most of us have walked around with a yearning and deep desire to work in this area, but we did not have the support of others who had taken these steps before. Well, you have found a place that does just what and we are SO excited for you - and for us!!!
All our amazing active members enjoy the following benefits because we believe you offer skills that are absolutely essential in the space of facing death, and dying:
If you are considering becoming a member, please note the following
As members of ELSA we commit to:
1. First do no harm, and do not actively encourage harm or hastening of any natural processes
2. Working ethically and transparently
3. Offering non-medical and non-clinical support to clients and their families
4. Working alongside teams to ensure our skills are used to fill gaps, not create them
5. Work within the scope and guidelines provided by the professional bodies we are registered with
6. Value teamwork and embrace diversity and difference of opinion
7. Offer nonjudgmental and noninvasive sessions that seek to inform & comfort
8. Seeing the role of the EOLP in the EOL space & acknowledging that it is part of an eco-system that already exists
9. Taking accountability for actions and decisions
10. Developing and expanding knowledge by partaking in trainings or interventions that seek to educate and empower
11. Maintaining the certifications that led to ELSA registration
12. Informing ELSA of any changes in professional standing
13. Informing ELSA of any occurrences that might negatively affect the reputation of ELSA
14. Uphold the standards in place when dealing with the public and other professionals whilst on social media
EOLPs who are registered with multiple professional bodies
We understand and celebrate the fact the ELSA EOLPs are extremely skilled and educated and will therefore utilize all their acquired knowledge, skills and life experience to support their clients and teams.
However, it is important to take accountability for the confusion this might cause a client
e.g. An EOL companion/doula is not a trained counsellor and cannot therefore offer counselling to a family. If there is an EOL counsellor who is also a EOL Companion (Doula), they will need to ensure the family is aware of the multiple services they offer. Contracts must be clear and explicit as to what is provided, what is not, and that the practitioner is legally able to offer those services. Where services are not regulated, EOLPs must inform clients of the quality assurance self regulation systems they ascribe to, eg ASCHP, HPCSA, CCSA etc
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