Serious Illness Conversation Guide (SICG) Training


The Serious Illness Conversation Guide is a tool that helps clinicians understand their patients’ goals and values and incorporate them in clinical decision-making. The person-centered questions in the guide explore:

  • A patient’s understanding of their illness,
  • their preferences for information,
  • their personal goals,
  • their fears and worries, as well as their sources of strength,
  • the abilities they find most important to their daily life and the tradeoffs they are willing to take for the possibility of more time, and
  • how much the people who matter to the patient know about their wishes.


Participants will gain communication skills using the Serious Illness Conversation Guide through a practice-based approach that involves both independent and group learning. Participants will:

  • Explore the importance of serious illness conversations and how they can result in better care for people who are seriously ill.
  • Outline the evidence that links the Serious Illness Care Program to outcomes that support the quadruple aim of health care.
  • Experience the Serious Illness Conversation Guide as part of a structured approach for ensuring the delivery of serious illness conversations.
  • Practice the communication skills necessary to use the Serious Illness Conversation Guide, receive feedback to improve those skills, and integrate these skills into your practice.


This training is free to active Honoring Choices Pacific Northwest program partners through June 2023. After June 2023, program partners will receive a discount. Please email for promo code.

For non-partners, the cost is $500 + Eventbrite fees. Eventbrite fees are non-refundable.

Training events

For a list of our upcoming trainings, please visit our Events & Activities page.

For questions, please contact Mitha Wardhani by email or (206) 577-1825.

This activity has been approved for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™.

Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider # CEP17702 for 4.75 Contact Hours.