Palliative and End-of-Life Care Certificate
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Social workers encounter situations of life threatening illness, death, dying and bereavement in every setting in which they work. The Certificate in Palliative and End-of-Life Care provides an opportunity for social workers to deepen clinical and leadership skills in palliative care and participate in relational ways of learning in a community of colleagues with an outstanding faculty of leaders in the field.
There are a growing number of individuals and families in need of palliative care. Clinical social work interventions have never been more needed, yet there is a lack of highly-trained clinical social workers prepared to effectively address the complex needs of those facing the end of life. The person who is ill, their family, social supports, health care providers, and clergy members all benefit from the skills of social workers specially trained in this area.
Coursework takes place on Zoom in two intensive teaching sessions, one in the fall and one in the spring, both addressing issues of diversity throughout instruction. During the six months between classes, students participate in clinical advisement sessions at which they will work on clinical case studies (patients and families) and further integrate learning. Two- three students are paired with experienced clinical advisers and, each month, receive two hours of clinical advisement via telephone, for a total of 12 sessions, 10 group and 2 individual. The program's primary focus is on interactive learning, which enhances professional use of self, deepens clinical skills and promotes leadership in the field.
The program offers 15 courses and 12 advisement sessions, which makes it one of the most comprehensive programs in the country. The academic content includes theoretical views on end of life care and bereavement, pediatric palliative care and bereavement, geriatric palliative care and bereavement, spirituality, legal and ethical issues, pain management, leadership in palliative care, and working with LGBT and marginalized populations. Graduates of the program have gone on to assume leadership positions, write grants, develop programs, provide clinical supervision, teaching and engage in research and writing for publication.
- Esther Chachkes, D.S.W., LCSW, Program Director
- Terry Altilio, LCSW
- Rev. Barb Harris, MDIV, BCC-PCHAC
- Judith L. Howe, Ph.D., M.P.A.
- Anne Kelemen, M.S.W., LICSW, ACHP-SW
- Nicholas Koufacos, LCSW, ACHP-SW
- Eunju Lee, M.S.W., MSOD, APHSW-C, LCSW
- Barbara A. Reich, J.D.
- Colleen Shannon, M.S.W., LICSW
- Susan Conceicao, M.S.W., Ph.D.
- Lisa Zeitz, LMSW
- Advisement Themes and Personal Perspectives in End of Life Decision Making
- Leadership in Palliative and End of Life Care
- Mindfulness for End-of-Life Care
- Narrative Writing for Exploration and Healing in Grief
- Clinical Practice II
- Grieving Children and Their Families
- Palliative and End of Life Care with Older Adults
- Racism is a Public Health Issue
- The Personal is the Professional
- Theoretical Views on End-of-Life
- Complex Legal and Public Policy Issues
- Ethical Issues in End-of-Life Care
- Clinical Practice I
- Pain and Symptom Management
- Spirituality in Palliative and End of Life Care
Session I: November 3-6 and November 13, 2022
Session II: April 27-30, 2023
Format: Live interactive webinars
CEs: Up to 45 CEs available.
- Master’s degree in social work
- At least two years of post-master’s experience
- Applicants must be in current practice in palliative or end of life care
Your application packet must include the following:
- Application form (available online only)
- $40 nonrefundable application fee (included in the application form above)
- Current résumé
- Personal statement (two to three pages) responding to the following:
- Your professional and personal reasons for working in end of life care.
- The influences on this choice of practice.
- What you hope to gain from this program.
- How you will meet the clinical requirements of the program.
- How you will incorporate the above in your current workload.
- Your willingness to use a consultative clinical supervisor appointed by the program.
- The issues you would like to work on.
- Two letters of reference (from professional colleagues familiar with applicant's clinical work)
Online applications must be paid by credit card (MasterCard or Visa only). All online applications will receive confirmation of receipt by email; if you do not receive confirmation that your application was received (within 48 hours), please contact us.
$40 (due with application materials)
Tuition is paid after you have been accepted.
Full Payment of $3,200 due by September 28
1st payment of $1,600 due by September 28
2nd payment of $1,600 due by March 28
If you are interested in a payment plan, please contact the Office of Professional Education at email@example.com.
The $40 application fee is nonrefundable. Because program decisions are based on class size, tuition refund deposits cannot be considered.
Smith College School for Social Work reserves the right to cancel any program which is undersubscribed. In the case of cancellation, all tuition fees paid will be reimbursed in full. The School also reserves the right to modify certificate content as appropriate. firstname.lastname@example.org.
Earning CE Credits for Participation in Post-Graduate Certificate in Palliative and End-of-Life Care or Post-Graduate Certificate in Advanced Clinical Supervision
Smith certificate programs are comprised of a number of different courses often over a number of days. Many courses are standalone sessions but some courses may have two or three sessions. The total number of CE contact hours that a student may earn will be calculated based on the number of hours of fully attended courses. Partial credit may not be awarded to those who attend only a portion of a course.
- For in-person seminars, you must attend the entirety of the seminar to earn a CE certificate. Partial credit will not be awarded to those who attend only a portion of the seminar. For live, in-person seminars, participants must sign in and out of the session and complete an evaluation. A link to the online evaluation will be emailed to participants within 24 hours of the conclusion of the course. It is attendee’s responsibility to contact their state licensing board/certification boards to determine eligibility to meet continuing education requirements. Upon completing the evaluation for the in-person seminar, participants will be emailed their online certificate within 30 days of seminar completion. Participants should save and/or print the certificate upon receipt for their records. Receiving the CE certificate is contingent on completion of the evaluation and signing in and out of the seminar.
- For webinars (referred to as live interactive webinar by ASWB) are synchronous lectures with a moderated Q&A at the end. To receive a CE certificate, you must attend the entirety of the webinar. Partial credit will not be awarded to those who attend only a portion of the webinar. For webinars, participant attendance is tracked through Zoom and participants must complete an evaluation and successfully pass a post test with a score of at least 80 percent. Retesting is allowed up to five (5) times. If a passing score is not achieved, CEs will not be awarded. Links to online evaluations and post tests will be emailed to participants within 24 hours of the conclusion of the course. It is attendee’s responsibility to contact their state licensing board/certification boards to determine eligibility to meet continuing education requirements. Upon completing the webinar evaluation and successfully passing the post test, participants will be emailed their online certificate within 30 days of webinar completion. Participants should save and/or print the certificate upon receipt for their records. Receiving the CE certificate is contingent on attendance and completion of the evaluation and passing the post test.
- For virtual seminars, (referred to as live interactive webinars by ASWB) are live, synchronous, online courses held in Zoom meetings. To receive a CE certificate, you must attend the entirety of the virtual seminar. Partial credit will not be awarded to those who attend only a portion of the virtual seminar. For virtual seminars, participant attendance is tracked through Zoom, students are engaged throughout the online class utilizing their camera and/or microphone and participants must complete an evaluation. A link to the online evaluation will be emailed to participants within 24 hours of the conclusion of the course. It is attendee’s responsibility to contact their state licensing board/certification boards to determine eligibility to meet continuing education requirements. Upon completing the evaluation for the virtual seminar, participants will be emailed their online certificate within 30 days of seminar completion. Participants should save and/or print the certificate upon receipt for their records. Receiving the CE certificate is contingent on attendance and completion of the evaluation.
Completion Requirement to earn a Post-Graduate Certificate in Palliative and End-of-Life Care or Post-Graduate Certificate in Advanced Clinical Supervision
In general, it is the expectation that students attend all scheduled sessions of the program. However, Smith understands that emergencies or unexpected events may interfere with a student attending a particular session or a part of a session. Aside from CE credits, the policy of the SSW Certificate programs is that students who miss significant portions of a seminar or a full session will be required to complete a make-up assignment. Assignments will be devised by the course instructor/certificate director to cover both missed content and learning time. Students who miss more than 10% of the total course hours will not be eligible to earn a certification of completion. For the End of Life Care this constitutes missing 6 hours. For the Supervision Certificate this constitutes missing 6 hours.
Continuing Education (CE) credits offered vary by course. It is the attendees' responsibility to contact their licensing board to determine eligibility to meet continuing education requirements. Please check individual course pages for individual course approval. Social workers completing this course receive up to 45 continuing education credits.
Not Approved for Counselors (LMHC/LPC)
Smith College School for Social Work has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 7110. This program does NOT qualify for NBCC ACEP approval.
Further information on policies and CE accreditation can be found here.