Who are Associate Facilitators?An Associate Facilitator is a person who is not a certified Pallium LEAP Facilitator but who can contribute to the delivery of a LEAP course in a meaningful way. An Associate Facilitator may be someone who:
  • Meets all the criteria for being a LEAP Facilitator but has not yet been able to complete the LEAP Facilitator Training Workshop/Course (FTW) (i.e. Associate Facilitator is an interim or temporary designation until he/she completes the course), or

  • Does not yet meet all the criteria for being a LEAP Facilitator but is working towards achieving the criteria (e.g. new to the field and in the process of accumulating the required experience or advanced training), or

  • A palliative care provider with advanced palliative care experience and skills who has a key role to play in delivering palliative care services locally in the region; a course is being held and is temporarily being asked to assist (not facilitate) in the course; or

  • A health care professional who is not a “palliative care specialist” (i.e. not a professional with advanced palliative care competencies) but is a content matter expert in a field covered by a LEAP thematic course (e.g. a nephrology physician, nurse or social worker co-facilitating a LEAP Renal course with a certified LEAP Facilitator (who has advanced palliative care experience). This person serves as a content expert in the disease areas being addressed (e.g. LEAP Renal, LEAP Heart, LEAP Liver, etc.) and is a champion and role model for her/his peers on embracing the palliative care approach and integrating it into daily care. We also refer to the latter as a “Thematic Associate Facilitator”.


  • Pallium Canada recommends that thematic LEAP courses (e.g. LEAP Renal, LEAP Paramedics, LEAP LTC, LEAP Heart, LEAP Lung, etc) include in the facilitation team a LEAP Facilitator (i.e. palliative care practitioner/specialist/expert) with experience working in the thematic area being covered (e.g. Renal Program or Unit). If not, then the team must include a Thematic Associate Facilitator with experience in that field. Notwithstanding, Pallium Canada highly recommends the inclusion of a Thematic Associate Facilitator in the facilitator team of a thematic LEAP course as this enhances buy-in by the target learners who see this person as a peer.

    Associate Facilitators do not facilitate LEAP courses on their own. Facilitation of a thematic LEAP requires that the facilitation team must include and be led by a Pallium certified LEAP Facilitator (i.e. palliative care practitioner/specialist/expert).

    In the case of LEAP Paramedics however, certified Paramedic LEAP Facilitators may lead the facilitation (only of a LEAP Paramedic course, no other) but has to have the presence of a palliative care clinician (e.g. palliative care nurse or physician in that region) who can serve as a resource person during the course or a Pallium certified LEAP facilitator
    What is an Associate Facilitator expected to do?An Associate Facilitator is expected to:
  • Meet the minimum criteria

    • Embrace a palliative care approach in their daily work and role model it;
    • Champion the integration of the palliative care approach by non-palliative care specialists;
    • Provide an excellent learning experience (i.e. apply adult learning methods, including Pallium Canada’s recommended facilitation techniques)
    • Minimum one-year work and advanced training focused in area of expertise (e.g.: cardiac care, oncology, etc.) in the case of a thematic associate facilitator (content expert)
    • OR
    • Minimum one-year work and advanced training focused on palliative care;

  • Apply to become an Associate Facilitator through the Pallium Portal

  • Complete the online orientation for Associate Facilitators (see below) once accepted by Pallium Canada

  • Prepare in advance of a LEAP Course and plan for a course with the lead LEAP Facilitator

  • Agree and abide by the Terms of Use Agreement and Declaration of Conflict of Interest (COI), and adhere to the Guiding Principles of Pallium Canada

  • Not share, copy, alter or distribute the LEAP courseware materials as per the terms of use

  • All facilitators, including Associate Facilitators, need to participate in pre-course preparations with the facilitation team to plan the LEAP course session: e.g. identify who will lead various modules, facilitate the small groups and serve as time-keeper, etc.
    What are Associate Facilitators provided with?Once the applicant has been approved by Pallium Canada, has completed the online orientation and has agreed to the Terms of Use, Conflict of Interest, Guiding principles requirements, an associate facilitator will be provided with the LEAP course materials (including slides, slides with videos embedded, facilitator manual and participant manual) by the LEAP Certified Facilitator or course coordinator. LEAP courseware and materials are not to be shared, copied, altered or distributed for any other purpose other than assisting with facilitating of a registered LEAP course.
    How do I become a Pallium Associate Facilitator?
  • Meet the minimum criteria for Associate Facilitator (page 2 of LEAP Facilitators Criteria)

    • Embrace a palliative care approach in their daily work and role model it

    • Champion the integration of the palliative care approach by non-palliative care specialists

    • Provide an excellent learning experience (i.e. apply adult learning methods, including Pallium Canada’s recommended facilitation techniques)

    • Minimum one-year work and advanced training focused in area of expertise (e.g.: cardiac care, oncology, etc.) in the case of a thematic associate facilitator (content expert)
    • OR
    • Minimum one-year work and advanced training focused on palliative care

  • If you meet the requirements, please create an account in the Pallium Portal. Login and under the heading "I want to become an Associate or Facilitator", underneath the photo, select on “LEAP Associate or Facilitator” then click on the blue box “ fill out application”.

  • Your application will be reviewed upon submission and a Pallium Canada representative will contact you via email.

  • If you meet the criteria you will then be given further instructions in the acceptance email. Typically the email will contain a link to enroll you as an Associate Facilitator in the Pallium Portal where you will be required to fulfill the following activities:

    • Review and accept the Terms of Use Agreement

    • Complete the Conflict of Interest document

    • Review the video “Facilitating LEAP”

    • Download “Tips for Facilitating LEAP”

    • Optional documents: Using the Pallium Portal, What is Pallium Canada?, Cultural Competency CCO Modules

  • You will also have to pre-brief with the LEAP facilitators to plan the LEAP session: identify who will lead various modules, present the different theory bursts, facilitate the small groups and be time-keeper etc.