Post-MSW Palliative Care Certificate
Social workers play a key role in improving the individual experience of care, improving the health of populations, and reducing the costs of care for populations. Yet in many health care settings, social work services are undervalued and at times, understaffed.
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Social workers trained in the specialty of palliative care bring extra value to employers, as they implement strategies that can:
- Implement goals of care conversations, resulting in improved satisfaction and lower healthcare costs
- Facilitate seamless care transitions by educating the caregivers, establishing relationships with home and community-based services, and monitor patient and family caregiver distress
- Decrease unwanted and unnecessary ER visits and hospital (re)admissions through advance care planning and proactive care planning to alleviate psychosocial distress and suffering
- Reduce Medicare spending per beneficiary by clarifying patient goals and improving communication between the patient, family caregiver, and care providers
“We have a group of five social workers that are very cohesive, happy working together, and doing great work. Our team wouldn’t be whole without them, and the (Post-MSW Palliative Care Certificate) course has been helpful to pull them together and help them function at the top of their license.”
Bill Mitchell, MD, Director of Palliative Care at UC San Diego Health
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“Every month there were specific assignments and topics all relevant to the field in terms of cross-cultural issues, ethical issues, clinical ways of working with patients and families, the ins and outs of symptom management and the role of the social worker in that process.”
Anne Front, MA, LMFT
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 Shiley Institute for Palliative Care’s Post-MSW Palliative Care Social Work Certificate Program is an online course 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.
I would say that it was the best continuing education I have had in 20 plus years. It is a lot of work. And I learned a lot. It was not a simple ‘cruise through’ class at all but the wealth of expertise and clinical knowledge has added so much richness to my clinical practiceRecent Student
This 8-month online course offers a robust and intense learning experience and includes content on:
- 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
- Moving away from being reactive to the many changes in healthcare and taking a more intentional role in positive problem solving
Required Course Textbook
- The Oxford Textbook of Palliative Social Work by Terry Altilio and Shirley Otis-Green
|Is taught:||Completely online, available 24/7|
|Offers:||144 Continuing Education Hours|
|Prerequisites:||A completed MSW degree|
|Recommended weekly hours:||Be sure to set aside 6-8 hours a week to do course work|
|Required textbook is:||The Oxford Textbook of Palliative Social Work by Terry Altilio and Shirley Otis-Green (Available on Amazon)|
|Is taught by:||National social work leaders|
|Is ideal for:||MSWs working in palliative care, hospice or related fields|
|Is open to:||Social workers with a baccalaureate degree and a Master of Social Work degree from institutions accredited by a regional accrediting association|
|Detailed FAQ:||Click HERE.|
Refunds will only be considered for cancellations when requested in writing at least five (5) business days prior to the start date of the course. If approved, there will be a $35 administrative fee charged to process the refund. Click here to send us an email.
“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!”
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
|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.|
|Chris Onderdonk, LCSW is a Clinical Social Worker with the Doris A. Howell Service at the University of California San Diego. He has over 10 years of experience in hospice and palliative care working across the continuum in hospice, bereavement, and inpatient palliative care. Chris has extensive experience training and mentoring social workers in the palliative care field and he has presented at both local and national conferences.|