What Every Social Worker Needs to Know About Palliative Care
Palliative care is specialized care, an extra level of support, for people with serious or chronic illnesses. Appropriate from point of diagnosis onward, it focuses on relieving the symptoms and stress of a serious illness, going hand-in-hand with curative treatment and improving quality of life for both the patient and their family.
According to the National Association of Social Workers, “All social workers, regardless of practice settings, will inevitably work with clients facing acute or long-term situations involving life-limiting illness, dying, death, grief, and bereavement.” The needs of individuals across the life span are well-served by social workers trained in the basic principles of palliative care.
This self-paced course is approximately one and a half hours in length and provides an introduction to palliative care. The course is designed to create an awareness of palliative care principles and it provides information and tools critical to social workers.
What You’ll Learn
The course walks you through a comprehensive overview of palliative care including:
- Knowledge of Palliative Care
- The Palliative Care Team
- Delivery of Care
- Settings of Care
- Increasing timely access to quality palliative care
What You’ll Earn
- Differentiate among “usual” care, palliative care and hospice care
- Identify the role of each member of the palliative care team and the benefits of interdisciplinary care
- Describe unique elements of the palliative care delivery process
- Recognize the value of palliative care in specific care settings
- Conduct an advance care planning conversation
- Assess and identify patients who would benefit from palliative care
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The rise in the number of individuals living with chronic or serious conditions has led to a growing recognition of the value of palliative care. Yet despite the escalating needs, the majority of social workers have never received sufficient training to provide a basic level of palliative care to those they serve. By integrating palliative care skills into their “toolkit” social workers are able to optimize patient quality of life and reduce the burden of illness.
Social work professionals in healthcare settings are often tasked with helping the sickest and most vulnerable patients identify and access the supports needed to cope with their illness. The What Every Social Worker Needs to Know About Palliative Care course provides social workers with guidance, tools, and techniques on how to initiate a discussion about palliative care, initiate advance care planning discussions, identify patient goals, and facilitate difficult conversations with patients and family members. It also provides information on ways to integrate palliative care elements into every social worker’s practice.
Whether your organization has a dedicated palliative care team, contracts with another organization to offer palliative care, is considering starting a palliative care program or is interested in integrating the principles of palliative care into your practice, this course is a critical part of your education. What Every Social Worker Needs to Know About Palliative Care will help you understand the benefits of palliative care, how it is different from usual care and hospice, and teach you how to talk to patients and care providers about palliative care.
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What Every Social Worker Needs to Know about Palliative Care includes case scenarios, multi-media content, extensive resources and multiple tools to enrich the online learning experience. This course is one of a series of courses designed to teach the entire organization about palliative care. Learn more about the What Every… Needs to Know About Palliative Care series and maximize your investment in palliative care.
- Monique Parrish, DrPH, MPH, LCSW
- Kathy Brandt, MS
- Carol Lovci, RN, MSN
- Karl Steinberg, MD, CMD
- Sue Wintz, MDiv, BCC
Completion and Refunds
In order to complete this course and obtain a certificate, you must view the course in its entirety, correctly answer all case studies and quiz/test questions (as appropriate) and complete the evaluation. You will have 90 days to access this course from the date of purchase. No refunds are given for self-paced courses.