Theoretical Views on End-of-Life

Live Interactive Webinar 
Instructor: Arden O’Donnell, MPH, M.S.W., LICSW, APHSW-C, Ph.D. candidate 
Level: Intermediate 
CEs: 3 CEs are available
Target Audience: Social workers and other social service providers working in palliative care.
Course Delivery Method, Format and Instructor Interaction: Live interactive webinar with discussion. Instructor will use group discussions. Attendees are visible to one another in Zoom Meeting and are encouraged to be active participants with their camera and/or microphone in order take part in discussion. Login information will be emailed to all program participants in advance of the start of the program.
System Requirements: Attendees will need access to a computer with working camera and microphone. All courses are offered using Zoom conferencing software.

This course will introduce major theories that relate to palliative and end of life care that address loss, separation, attachment, grief and bereavement. Theoretical frameworks will be applied to case examples provided by course participants in clinical practice.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Describe four major theories relating to working with those with critical illness including psychodynamic theory, grief and loss, stage theory and family systems theories
  2. Explain how these theories inform interventions in clinical practice


1:30 p.m. ET - 3:05 p.m. ET

  • Why study theory
  • Review of major theories related to grief and loss
    • Stage and trajectory theories
    • Psychodynamic/relational
    • Family systems
    • Bereavement and grief 

3:05 - 3:15 p.m. ET- Break

3:15 - 4:45 p.m. ET

  • Cognitive-behavioral, social learning and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
  • Communication theory
  • Spirituality and existential 
  • Narrative, post-modern and critical
  • Grief exercise
  • Review of some interventions that are grounded in theory
Completion Requirements for Live Interactive Webinars

Live, interactive webinars are synchronous, virtual courses held in a Zoom meeting. 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 training. Participant attendance is tracked through Zoom. To earn CE credit, participants must also 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. Receiving CEs is contingent on attendance and completion of the evaluation.

How Will a CE Certificate Be Awarded?
Upon completing the webinar evaluation, 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.