Summer 2023 Interprofessional Communication Curriculum

Oncology Communication Training

With support from the National Cancer Institute, The purpose of this train-the-trainer course is to provide interprofessional communication training to nurses, social workers, and chaplains working in adult oncology settings and to help prepare them to provide communication skills training at their home institutions. Full course brochure available here.

This NCI sponsored education project provides funding for the following:

  • Course attendance: registration, course materials, breakfast, lunch, and snacks for the three days
  • 14.5 CEs for attendance at all three days of the course
  • Three nights of lodging that will be paid directly by ICC to the hotel (The Westin San Diego Gaslamp Quarter)
  • 1-year access to ICC Online Learning Modules via Relias Learning Academy (provided after course completion)

NOTE: Travel expenses (airfare, mileage, transportation, hotel parking) will NOT be covered and will be the responsibility of the applicant and/or their workplace.

Qualifications to apply include:

  • Nurses, social workers, and chaplains working in adult oncology only
  • Clinicians are to apply and attend in teams of two with a partner of a different discipline (ex. nurse & chaplain)
  • Only one team per unit/department per institution
  • Exceptions to the above three qualifications will be made on a case-by-case basis. Please contact the
    ICC team if you have any questions at
  • Since this is grant funded by the NCI, we are unable to accept any international applicants. All participants must work at an institution in the United States.
  • The content level of the course material is beginner to intermediate.

Participant commitments:

  • Attend all 3 days of the course. No late arrivals or early departures. No partial CEs will be given.
  • Agree to attend one, one-hour webinar monthly for 12-months post-course
  • This project requires mandatory follow-up evaluations at six- and twelve-months post-course

Course objectives:

  • Identify the 8 domains of quality palliative care applicable across all stages of cancer.
  • Demonstrate skills in key clinical areas of communication through lab sessions.
  • Develop goals for implementing the skills training in practice through process improvement, staff
  • education, and clinical care.
  • Please visit the ICC website ( for objectives of each domain.

CE and course completion requirements:

  • ICC will provide 14.5Continuing Education credit to licensed participants (nurses and social workers only). Unlicensed participants will receive a Certificate of Attendance. You must be present all 3 days to receive CEs – no exceptions. Plan travel accordingly.
  • To earn CE credit, participants must attend the entire course, sign-in daily (and sign-in out if you are a social worker) and complete a daily course evaluation. Certificates will be emailed within 10 days of the course.

Questions, comments, and concerns should be directed to the ICC team at or visit