Now accepting applications: final SICG teacher training

August 10, 2023

Honoring Choices Pacific Northwest (HCPNW) is excited to offer one final Teacher Training for the Serious Illness Conversation Guide (SICG).  This teacher training is available at no cost, and we welcome applicants from all healthcare related fields across Washington state.  The goal of the SICG is to assure that every patient’s voice is front and center in their healthcare, and that their goals and values are known and respected.  This SICG Teacher Training, done over two half days, will prepare professionals to lead three-hour interactive skills practice workshops within their organizations and/or communities.

You can find out more information about the SICG workshop on our website.

Teacher Training Dates: Oct. 4 and 5 from 7:45-11:30 a.m.

The deadline to apply: Aug. 25, 2023, by 5 p.m., and acceptance notifications will be sent by Aug. 29, 2023.

Click here to complete short application.

HCPNW is committed to building a community that welcomes the involvement and success of all individuals.  Cultivating SICG teachers that embody the diverse values, beliefs, and experiences of our communities enriches our work and strengthen our ability to address our patient’s goals and priorities.  We strongly and sincerely encourage applicants from across the state with diverse backgrounds, lived experiences, geographic locations, professional training, and healthcare settings.  Applicants from underrepresented groups in healthcare are particularly encouraged to apply.  This may include people of color; immigrant, bilingual, and multicultural individuals; people with disabilities; members of LGBTQIA+ and gender non-conforming communities; and people with other diverse backgrounds, beliefs and lived experiences.

Please share broadly with your colleagues who are doing patient advocacy work across the healthcare spectrum including: hospital systems, clinics, community partners (faith organizations, community health workers, social support agencies etc.).  Your personal invitation will increase the likelihood that we reach a broader range of individuals who may not be aware of this unique, philanthropically supported, opportunity.

SICG Program

The SICG program was created by Ariadne Labs, under the direction of Dr. Atul Gawande, to help healthcare professionals efficiently and meaningfully explore the values of patients facing serious illness.  It is an evidence-based model that uses patient-tested language to improve outcomes.  Benefits of using the SICG include:

  • Higher patient satisfaction
  • Medical care better aligned with patient preferences
  • Lower family/caregiver distress
  • Fewer nonbeneficial interventions
  • Improved job satisfaction for healthcare professionals

Benefits to teachers

Accepted SICG teacher applicants will gain a wide range of benefits including:

  • Free SICG teacher training and materials that enables teachers to run their own SICG courses.
  • Free course enrollment in our flagship SICG course.
  • Joining a community of educators across the state leading advance care planning initiatives.
  • Training in educational strategies that can be applied to a wide range of settings.
  • Teacher resources on integrating SICG programs in their systems, workflows, health records etc..
  • Ability to advocate for patient priorities, especially those who may be currently and historically marginalized in their healthcare experience.

Teacher training information

Required prerequisite

  • Teachers must take the HCPNW SICG course BEFORE the teacher training. Teachers may enroll in one of the following courses if they have not already taken the training.  Enrollment fees will be waived, and registration coordinated via email once the teacher application is accepted.
    • Sept. 8, 2023, 7:45-11:00 a.m.
    • Sept. 13, 2023 1:45-5:00 p.m.

Teacher training dates

  • Teachers must attend both dates
  • Oct. 4 and 5 from 7:45-11:30 a.m.


  • Virtual: Zoom

Application qualifications


  • Can attend required teacher training dates and complete pre-requisite SICG course.*
  • Computer, internet, audio, and video capability for training on Zoom.*

*Please contact us if technology or pre-requisites are a barrier to discuss options.


  • Experience related to advance care planning and/or serious illness communication.
  • Opportunities to apply SICG skills in their professional and/or leadership roles.
  • Demonstrated experience, interest and/or motivation for teaching/education.
  • Seen as current or emerging leaders within their role, organization and/or region.

If you have questions, special circumstances, or need training accommodations, please contact us at: or 206-577-1825.

Thank you for bringing this important work to the community,

Cat Mazzawy

Mitha Wardhani

Sharmon Figenshaw

Caroline Hurd

Honoring Choices Pacific Northwest Leadership Team


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