Post-MSW Palliative Care Certificate

MSW Palliative EducationPost-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

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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

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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.

“There was a strong emphasis on leadership and our ability to claim leadership within our systems wherever we worked.”

Sandra Shadley LCSW, LMFT

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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.


Critical Palliative Care Skills for Social Workers and Counselors

“You Are The Solution”

Here are some additional resources for all social workers caring for seriously ill individuals and their family caregivers. Learn new ways of coping with challenging patients or situations. Sign up by clicking HERE or the image of the eBook.

  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

Another Reason why You Should Consider This Powerful Course!

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Fast Facts

Begins: Join the Interest List
Lasts: 8 months
Is taught: Completely online, available 24/7
Offers: 144 Continuing Education Hours
Costs: $2,530
Requires: Students have computing skills sufficient to complete graduate 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

Course Information

DATE: February 8, 2017
COST: $2,530

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Program/Course Outline

“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

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 

Course Information

DATE: February 8, 2017
COST: $2,530

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Meet the Faculty

Terry Altilio, MSW, LCSW, ACSWTerry 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.
Sandy Jones McClintic, LCSW, ACHP-SWSandy 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, LCSWKathryn 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.
Rosie Hernandez, MSW, LCSW is a Palliative Care Social Worker for the Department of Palliative Care Services at Dignity Health St. John’s Hospitals in Oxnard and Camarillo, California. As a dedicated palliative care social worker, Rosie is responsible to assess and coordinate psycho-social needs of palliative care patients and families across the continuum of care. Rosie is the Psychosocial Services representative for Saint John’s Hospital accredited Cancer Program. Rosie has 12-years experience in health care both in the inpatient and outpatient settings. She has worked in case management as the lead social worker and with the palliative care program since its inception in 2005. Prior to joining Saint John’s Hospital, Rosie worked in hospice, behavioral health and substance abuse. She received a Bachelor of Arts in Social Work and a Master of Social Work Degree from California State University, Fresno. 
Chris Onderonk 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.

Course Information

DATE: February 8, 2017
COST: $2,530

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