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Upcoming Training dates
ARC Days, Bespoke Training and Online Sessions
ARC training is informed by the contact and feedback ARC has had from parents over the last 30 years, and research in the field. The training affords practitioners the opportunity to reflect on their own experiences around issues such as communicating risk, delivering difficult news and supporting parents’ decision making.
It takes time, experience and training to gain the confidence and competence needed to provide individualised care to parents through antenatal testing and its consequences. ARC training days are designed to help healthcare professionals to respond both practically and emotionally to parents’ needs, as well as to consider their own support needs.
ARC Online Training
Due to COVID-19, we are currently offering bite sized training sessions online for healthcare professionals via Zoom.
We can come to you
In addition to our London-based training days, ARC can deliver each of our days in-house at your hospital, or provide your team with tailored training sessions designed specifically to meet your requirements, with two hour or half day workshops delivered on site. If you would like to find out more about how ARC can offer a training programme to meet your team’s needs, email us on firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0207 713 7356.
“I am grateful to ARC not only for what it does for parents but also for the way it helps professionals do their jobs better by increasing awareness of the needs of parents facing these dilemmas. ARC works together with hospital staff and other professionals in order to improve the care that parents receive. We all value their work highly.”Professor Charles H. Rodeck, Former Head of Department, Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Royal Free and University College London Medical School.
Cost of attending
All ARC training days are £95 per person, per day (or £85 per day for ARC members).
Alternatively, book more than one day and save! Two days for £175 and all three days for just £250 (or £155 and £220 respectively for ARC members).
Students are able to book ARC training days at a discounted rate of £65 per day (£55 for ARC student members). We also offer a Day 1 and Day 2 package for students. You will be asked to provide proof that you are a student.
Training Days with ARC
- Training day 1: Communication skills and delivering difficult news: The implications of antenatal screening and diagnosis
- Training day 2: Supporting parents’ decisions
- Training day 3: When a prenatal diagnosis is made: Providing best care
ARC training days are accredited by the Royal College of Midwives.
All ARC training days are held in London unless otherwise specified.
Training day 1 – Communication skills and delivering difficult news: The implications of antenatal screening and diagnosis
Please note: Our Day 1 and 2 training days are not recommended for those who have not yet begun their studies. The training is aimed at healthcare professionals already working in antenatal care, or students who have been studying for at least two years.
The course focuses on self-awareness within the context of antenatal screening and the diagnosis of fetal anomaly and includes a combination of theoretical learning, group-work and discussion. The training affords practitioners an opportunity to develop the skills needed to give sensitive care to their patients. Emphasis is placed on the parent’s perspective of antenatal screening and the experience of the healthcare professional.
Attendees of Day 1 training will:
- Understand the parents’ experience of screening and diagnosis
- Develop effective listening during times of stress and crisis
- Find new ways of explaining statistical probability to parents
- Explore ways of delivering difficult news
- Support and inform the decision-making process
- Become aware of attitudes, values and preconceptions
- Become aware of aspects of grief and bereavement after fetal loss
- Develop principles of good practice
The training day can be offered as an ‘all healthcare professionals’ day’ aimed at obstetricians, midwives, sonographers, and all other healthcare professionals working in the field; including administrative staff.
“I know my communication skills have now improved and an appraisal in EPU underlined this. I was told my communication skills were ‘much better’.”Course participant
- Saturday 12th March 2022 (London)
- Saturday 17th September 2022 (London)
- Saturday 3rd December 2022 (London)
Training day 2 – Supporting parents’ decisions
Day 2 training from ARC continues where our popular Day 1 training ‘Communication skills and delivering difficult news’ breaks off – at the point where parents have been given a diagnosis of fetal anomaly and must now consider their options. Supporting Parents’ Decisions looks at how healthcare professionals can best inform and support parents whilst they are in the process of making a decision, and once the decision has been made.
Attendees of Day 2 training will:
- Examine ways of supporting parents through a diagnosis of fetal anomaly and the decision-making process
- Understand how to provide parents with non-directive support
- Understand the specific issues and support needs of parents who are continuing with an affected pregnancy
- Understand the specific issues and support needs of parents who are ending an affected pregnancy
- Help deal with healthcare professionals’ own ethical dilemmas
- Develop principles of good practice
“The day made me examine my own beliefs and values. It gave me the confidence and understanding to deal with parents who are making difficult decisions.”Course participant
- Saturday 7th May 2022 (London)
- Saturday 15th October 2022 (London)
Training day 3 – When a prenatal diagnosis is made: Providing best care
Please note: Day 3 is an advanced level session which is aimed at practitioners who have experience of working in the field of antenatal screening, fetal medicine, or genetic counselling. The course draws on participants’ experience of discussing abnormal results and complex cases. Because of this, we do not usually recommend this course for students.
This study day aims to help participants consider the key factors that will ensure high quality care is in place for women and couples who have had a fetal anomaly diagnosed. The day is interactive and based around a series of ‘real-life’ case studies along with feedback from parents who contact ARC to encourage participants to reflect on their practice and share what they feel might be most helpful to women and couples. Day 3 also explores the latest developments in prenatal testing and the impact these are likely to have on care.
Attendees of Day 3 training will:
- Consider some of the complex issues parents face after a prenatal diagnosis
- Explore the components of the high quality care required for the parents in five ‘real life’ case studies
- Examine the barriers to providing individualised care
- Agree on core principles underpinning individualised care
- Gain insight into some of the latest developments in antenatal testing technologies and their implications for practice
- Saturday 4th June 2022 (London)
- Saturday 12th November 2022 (London)