By Helen McNeal
Individuals with an advanced illness or multiple chronic conditions often have multiple and diverse needs from the palliative care team. Pain and symptom management, emotional and spiritual support, assistance finding community resources, help for family caregivers… the list goes on and on.
Gary Gardia, MEd, MSW, LCSW, a nationally-recognized expert in psychosocial palliative care and hospice has developed a selection of tools and resources to help social workers focus on being the solution – for both patients and families as well as their care team and organization. Culled from the CSU Shiley Institute for Palliative Care Post-MSW Certificate in Palliative Care, these tools and resources help social workers working in hospitals, skilled nursing facilities, hospices, insurance companies and the community to provide the very best care possible to those you serve.
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Gary Gardia, MSW shares some resources from the CSU Shiley Institute for Palliative Care Post-MSW Certificate in Palliative Care that are applicable to all social workers caring for seriously ill individuals and their family caregivers. Sign up by clicking HERE.
The CSU Shiley Institute for Palliative Care offers a program that teaches many of these critical skills in it’s online course: Critical Palliative Care Skills. This course teaches the essential skills that every social worker needs to know. If your career involves even occasional involvement with palliative care, then you’ll find this engaging and interactive course an ideal way to build your confidence and keep your knowledge and skills up to date.