Post-MSW Palliative Care Certificate
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How This Course Will Enhance Care and Build Your Career:
- Increases quality of palliative care provided
- Provides knowledge and skills to be successful working in a palliative care, interprofessional environment
- Fully online, ideal for the busy professional
- Expands the role of the social worker in pain management and spiritual care
- 144 Continuing Education Hours
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8-Month Program: 144 Continuing Education Hours (Board of Behavioral Sciences Lic. #PCE 3405)
This advanced program is designed to enhance the skills of MSWs in palliative care. The role of the social worker is central to palliative care’s goal of providing compassionate, patient and family-centered care that relieves the suffering and improves quality of life for those with serious or chronic illness.
The CSU Institute for Palliative Care’s Post-MSW Palliative Care Social Work Certificate Program is designed to provide master’s prepared social workers with the knowledge and skills to be successful working in a palliative care, interprofessional environment whether that is in a hospital, hospice or other setting.
“This is amazing. It seems like every week the homework is relevant to what is going on for me at work!” Recent Student
“I really thought I had been “doing it right” all along. Just after the first two modules I have completely changed the way I think about so many things; especially my role on the team and how I communicate now with people who are ill.” Recent Student
- Admission to the Post-MSW Certificate in Palliative Care program requires both a baccalaureate degree and a Master of Social Work degree from institutions accredited by a regional accrediting association
- Students should have computing skills sufficient to complete graduate work
- Required Textbook: Oxford Textbook of Palliative Social Work by Terry Altilio and Shirley Otis-Green
*Note: Textbook is not included in price of program
“All of this information is causing me to apply critical thinking to every aspect of my work as a medical social worker and my commitment to Palliative Care. Thank you so much! Wish I could evaluate this program Excellent X10!” Recent Student
The 8-month Post-MSW Palliative Care Social Work Certificate Program is the first and only online program designed to provide master’s-prepared social workers with the knowledge and skills to be successful working in palliative care in any health care setting.
The role of the social worker is central to palliative care’s goal of providing compassionate, patient and family centered care that relieves suffering and improves quality of life for those with serious or chronic illness.
The CSU Institute for Palliative Care’s Post-MSW Palliative Care Social Work Certificate program is designed to provide master’s level social workers with the knowledge and skills to be successful working in a palliative care, interprofessional environment whether that is in a hospital, hospice or other setting.
All classes follow a three weeks on, one week off format. Participants will be expected to spend between 6 to 8 hours weekly on course related activities during the three “on” weeks.
Level 1: 2 Modules
Level 1 Module 1: Palliative Care Social Workers: Exploring the Heart of Who We Are
- Week 1: Our History, Our Values, Our Path
- Week 2: The Social Worker – Team Member, Team Leader and Safari Guide Assuring a Focus on Person-Centered Care
- Week 3: The Role of the Social Worker in Pain Management and Spiritual Care – We Are Right There With You!
Level 1 Module 2: Those Often Overlooked yet Critical Skills
- Week 1: Exposing Urban Myths with Critical Thinking
- Week 2: Is This the Right Path? Screening and Assessment
- Week 3: Going Beyond Emotional Support – Motivational Interviewing and Care Planning
Level 2: Advanced Skill Development
Level 2 Module 3: Moving Beyond “Eclectic”: Essential Skills for Palliative Care Social Work Practice
- Week 1: Informed by Research: New Perspectives on Grief and Loss
- Week 2: Doing Nothing is Motivated by Something – Motivational Interviewing Part II
- Week 3: Utilizing Clinical Techniques within Our Scope of Practice – CBT, Mindfulness, etc.
Level 2 Module 4: Challenges and Opportunities: Working with Challenging Situations
- Week 1: Working with Challenging Systems – Intrapersonal, Interpersonal, and Families
- Week 2: Is it Just a Personality Conflict? Personalities and Disorders
- Week 3: “The Good Death?” Taking a Proactive Approach with Dying and Death
Level 2 Module 5: What it Means to be Inclusive
- Week 1: “Underserved Populations” – Investigating Diversity and Inclusion
- Week 2: Population Specific Best Practices
- Week 3: The Often Misunderstood – Gender, LGBTQ, Non-Religious
Level 2 Module 6: When Both Yes and No Seem Wrong: Ethics in Palliative Care
- Week 1: Get Some Help! Resolving Ethical Dilemmas and Boundaries
- Week 2: Under the Microscope – Examining Palliative Sedation, Suicide, Assisted Suicide, “Self-Deliverance” and Choice
- Week 3: “What did you say!?”: Turning Our Attention to Language
Level 2 Module 7: Putting it All Together: About Dying and Death
- Week 1: About Dying and Death Part 1
- Week 2: About Dying and Death Part 2
- Week 3: Self-Care: Care for Us Caregivers
Level 3: Social Work Leadership: Putting it All Together
Level 3 Module 8: Social Work Leadership
- Week 1: Final Projects – Implementation and Review
- Week 2: Enhancing Professionalism – Social Workers as Leaders
- Week 3: Your Plan: Designing the Future
Post-MSW Certificate in Palliative Care, 8-Month Program: 144 Continuing Education Hours (Board of Behavioral Sciences Lic. #PCE 3405)
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Gary Gardia, M.Ed., MSW, LCSW, CT has more than 25 years of experience as a hospice and palliative care social work leader and consultant. He served in leadership positions with National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO) including as the national section leader for Social Work and was instrumental in the creation of their Manager Development Program. Gary has written and published extensively and has coauthored the book Leadership in Everyday Life: It Really is All About You as well as coauthoring a chapter in the Oxford Textbook of Palliative Social Work. Gary has also worked as a psychotherapist in private practice with a specialty in grief and loss, personal growth and development and substance abuse.
Terry Altilio, MSW, LCSW, ACSW is coordinator of Social Work for the Department of Pain Medicine and Palliative Care at Beth Israel Medical Center. She is a recipient of a Mayday Pain and Society Fellowship Award 2006 and a Social Work Leadership Award from the Open Society Institute’s Project on Death in America. Terry Altilio is on the editorial board of the Journal of Social Work and End-of-Life Care. She has co-authored publications on pain and symptom management, psychosocial issues in palliative care and caregiver advocacy. She is co-editor with Shirley Otis- Green of the inaugural Oxford Textbook of Palliative Social Work.
Susan Hedlund, MSW, LCSW is currently the Manager of Patient and Family Support Services at the Knight Cancer Institute at OHSU. She was previously the Director of Social Services and Palliative Care for Hospice and Palliative Care of Washington County in Portland Oregon, and is on the faculty of the School of Medicine at Oregon Health & Sciences University, as well as the Graduate School of Social Work at Portland State University. She speaks nationally and internationally, and publishes on topics related to coping with illness, end-of-life issues, and loss, most recently in the Oxford University Textbook on Social Work in Palliative Care. Additionally she served on the Oregon State Task Force to Improve the Care of Terminally Ill Oregonians, the Oregon Partnership for Cancer Control. She is the past chair of the Health Specialty Practice Section for NASW nationally.
Constance Dahlin, ANP, BC, ACHPN, FPCN, FAAN is the Director of Professional Practice at the Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association and an advanced practice nurse with extensive hospice and palliative care experience. She is clinical associate professor at the Massachusetts General Hospital Institute of Health Professions and faculty at the Harvard Medical School Center for Palliative Care. Ms. Dahlin is a Fellow of Hospice and Palliative Nursing and a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing. Dahlin edited the second and third editions of the National Consensus Project for Quality Palliative Care Clinical Practice Guidelines for Quality Palliative Care.
Dr. Charles F. von Gunten, MD, PhD, FACP, FAAHPM is the Vice President, Medical Affairs, Hospice and Palliative Care for the OhioHealth System based in Columbus, Ohio. He is Co-Principal for the Education for Physicians on End-of-life Care (EPEC) Project and its revision for oncology, EPEC-O, and the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Palliative Medicine.
Dr. von Gunten received the bachelor of arts degree with honors from Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island in 1978.
Tara Schapmire, PhD, MSSW, CSW, CCM, OSW-C serves on the faculty of the University of Louisville’s School of Medicine and the Kent School of Social Work. She is involved in research and teaching for both schools and serves as co-investigator on a National Institutes of Health research grant focusing on development of an interdisciplinary oncology palliative care curriculum for schools of medicine, social work, nursing and chaplaincy residency programs.
Sandy Jones McClintic, LCSW, ACHP-SW is the Social Work Section Chair for the National Council of Hospice and Palliative Care Professionals (NCHPP) of the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO) and a social worker with Hospice of Arizona.
Kathryn Thornberry, LCSW is a Clinical Social Worker at Doris A. Howell Service at the University of California San Diego. Kathryn has over 15 years of experience in social work in both hospice and inpatient palliative care settings. She is a trained forensic interviewer, trained family group decision making facilitator and approved by the Board of Behavioral Sciences to provide clinical supervision to associate social workers.
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This Webinar Covered:
- Common trends and challenges for palliative care social work nationally
- Goals of the Post-MSW Palliative Care Social Work Certificate program
- The unique all online experience
- Curriculum overview
- Faculty involvement
- Final projects
- A Discussion
Gary Gardia, M.Ed., MSW, LCSW, CT is well known as a social work leader in the field of palliative care. Gary will be hosting this upcoming and highly anticipated Post-MSW Webinar! Gary is the creator of this curriculum, an accomplished author and professional speaker. Gary has been a leader in the social work field for over 25 years. He also spent seven years as a leader with the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO). When he’s not teaching, he is speaking and consulting around the country.
Additions to Upcoming Post-MSW Certificate in Palliative Care Program Curriculum
- Getting out of the “subconscious” and giving intention to thinking critically about what we do, how we do it and why
- Positioning social workers to serve as role models for best practices in palliative care
- Social workers utilizing “teaching and coaching” as a way to demonstrate leadership
- Understanding that knowledge is power and using that concept to create proactive social workers while positioning us as “the go to” people.
- Moving away from being reactive to the many changes in healthcare and taking a more intentional role in positive problem solving.
- Exploring ways for social workers to serve as leaders in the palliative care movement, no matter what our role or title.
Post-MSW Palliative Care Certificate Student Testimonials
“This is amazing. It seems like every week the homework is relevant to what is going on for me at work!”
“I really thought I had been “doing it right” all along. Just after the first two modules I have completely changed the way I think about so many things; especially my role on the team and how I communicate now with people who are ill.”
“All of this information is causing me to apply critical thinking to every aspect of my work as a medical social worker and my commitment to Palliative Care. Thank you so much! Wish I could evaluate this program Excellent x10!”