Palliative/ELC Certificate Personal Statement

Your personal statement should be two to three pages and respond to the following:

  1. Your professional and personal reasons for working in end of life care.
  2. The influences on this choice of practice.
  3. What you hope to gain from this program.
  4. How you will meet the clinical requirements of the program.
  5. How you will incorporate the above in your current workload.
  6. Your willingness to use a consultative clinical supervisor appointed by the program.
  7. The issues you would like to work on.
Applicant's Information
Personal Statement
Please upload your personal statement here (Microsoft Word or PDF formats only). Please do not use quotes in the document name. Maximum file size: 256 MB. If you need to submit a larger file, please email it to If accepted, your personal statement will be shared with faculty members.
Files must be less than 100 MB.
Allowed file types: pdf doc docx.

If you are unable to use this form, e-mail us at the Smith College School for Social Work Office of Continuing Education, or call us at (413) 585-7970.