Cancer Care Training

Our free training course is designed to help Christians to extend care to cancer patients. If you wish to receive this training, you may sign on to take this 3-4 hour course (actual time depends on trainee's pace). The training is conducted in Cantonese or Mandarin. This online course is only the Phase 1 of our 3-Phase program designed to qualify you as our Herald Cancer Care volunteer. However, there is no obligation for you to become a volunteer or to take all three phases.

Our training program consists of 3 phases:

Phase 1 - online course (view a sampler)

Phase 2 - classroom course

Phase 3 - one-year practical training

Phase 1 - Online Course (some Smartphone operating systems may not be able to support the online lessons, sorry for the inconvenience)

This online course is designed to equip you with the essential cancer knowledge. It will enable you to understand what the care receiver is going through and express your empathy. It will teach you the basic principles of caring and illustrate them with real life examples. It will equip you with effective caring skills to reach out and touch the needs of the care receiver.

Training will be presented in lessons. At the end of each topic you will be queried to assess how well you have understood the lessons.

Successful completion of each lesson will allow you to move on to the next. Any lesson may be repeated on demand.

The entire course is divided into 7 topics; each topic contains 2 - 14 lessons. You may take one lesson at a time as long as you complete the course in a year.

You may download to print the course outline upon successful completion of the course.

You may submit online questions on any lesson. You will receive answers via e-mail.

Course Outline

Basic knowledge of cancer and cancer diagnostics and treatments

Caring principles

Caring skills such as:

      • Listening skills

      • Validating feelings and showing of empathy

      • Honoring confidentiality

      • Exercising assertiveness

      • Setting boundaries

Emotional and spiritual support

Understanding patient’s emotional needs

Bringing hope and spiritual healing

Connecting patient with God

Praying for your patient

Visitation etiquette

First visit do’s and don’ts

Visitation guidelines

Enrollment Requirements

The training is conducted in Cantonese or Mandarin; you must understand either to get the full benefit of the training.

Anyone interested in receiving the online training is requested to submit an application form .

(Your information will be kept confidential and will not be shared with other organizations.)

The course requires an estimated 2.5 online teaching hours, 3-4 hours to finish the course. Your registration is valid for one year.

Phase 2 - Classroom Course

Upon successful completion of the online course (Phase 1), you will be invited to attend a half-day classroom course (Phase 2) to receive further training. This will take you to a new level of learning experience when you are given the opportunity to practice the caring principles and skills learned in Phase 1.

Course Outline

The classroom course will drill you using role plays and small group discussion of typical patient caring cases.

Enrollment Requirements

Upon completion of Phase 1, you may register to participate in the Classroom Course at no cost.

Phase 3 - One-Year Practical Training

Upon completion of Phases 1 and 2, if you are a Christian, you will be given the opportunity to join us as a Herald Cancer Care volunteer in the San Francisco Bay area or Sacramento. This will allow you to practice what you have learned in Phases 1 and 2 and hone your skills in a supervised environment.

Course Outline

You will be assigned a patient to visit and care for. A coach will be assigned to supervise and help you hone your skills. You will be assigned to a small group of fellow volunteers for mutual support. You will receive additional training on cancer care related special topics.

Enrollment Requirements

Upon completion of the Phase 2 course, you may apply to be a Herald Cancer Care volunteer. For the first year of your service, you will be in Phase 3 and final phase of your training.