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Palliative and End-of-Life Care

Program overview

This program provides an integrated sequence of courses to promote the interaction of theory and practice. The program will also enhance clinical practice knowledge; expand assessment and clinical intervention skills; examine assessment and treatment needs of patients and their families; use a biopsychosocial-spiritual framework; provide opportunities to develop leadership skills; and explore the dilemmas in "caring" rather than "curing."

From the Director

Susan Gerbino

"The Post-Master’s Certificate Program in Palliative and End-of-Life Care is based on the belief that the people with whom we are privileged to work are the experts. Our approach to teaching echoes that collaborative belief, with faculty moving fluidly between the positions of ‘expert’ and ‘co-learner.’ We are committed to creating a safe and respectful environment that acknowledges the role of practice wisdom and validates emotion and spirituality in the learning process."

-Susan Gerbino, PhD, LCSW

Program Requirements

This certificate is comprised of four individual modules, two of which are offered each semester. All four modules are required to complete the certificate. Each module meets for 20 total hours. The Program Calendar below describes the timetable for each module in detail. Note that 4-hour double class sessions are run in the Fall, and that the Leadership module is divided between two semesters.

Assignments include weekly readings and small assignments.

Note: An MSW and at least 2 years of post-Master's experience in or related to PELC is required to apply to this Program.

Continuing Education Contact Hours

  • 80 NYSED-approved contact hours will be awarded for this program for the Spring 2015.
New York University Silver School of Social Work is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers {#SW-0012}.

This organization (NYU Silver School of Social Work, 1415) is approved as a provider for social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. NYU Silver School of Social Work maintains responsibility for the program. ASWB Approval Period: 11/11/16 - 11/11/19. Social workers should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval for continuing education credits.

Program Highlights

  • Interaction of theory and practice; clinical practice knowledge
  • Assessment and clinical intervention skills
  • Biopsychosocial-spiritual framework
  • Dilemmas in “caring” rather than “curing”


  • Module 1: Ethical Issues in Palliative Care/Pain and SymptomManagement: Multidimensional Perspectives
  • Module 2: Theories of Attachment, Loss, and Bereavement
  • Module 3: Practice Seminar
  • Module 4: Interdisciplinary Collaboration and Leadership Development

Program Brochure

Download a program brochure by clicking here.

2016-17 Program Calendar

TOPIC: Theories

Dory Hottensen
Fall Semester (Meeting time: 5:00 pm to 7:30 pm)
  • August 31
  • September 14 28
  • October 19
  • November 2, 16
  • December 7, 21

TOPIC: Pain and Symptom Management; Ethics

Professor Terry Altilio
Fall Semester (Meeting time: 5:00 pm to 7:30 pm)
  • August 24
  • September 7, 21
  • October 5, 26
  • November 9, 30
  • December 14

TOPIC: Leadership

Dr. Esther Chachkes
Fall Semester (Meeting time: 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm)
  • October 6, 20, 27
Spring Semester (Meeting time: 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm)
  • April 3, 4, 5
Meets on dates scheduled across both semesters.

TOPIC: Practice Seminar

Dr. Susan Gerbino
Spring Semester (Meeting time 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm):
  • January 25
  • February 8, 15
  • March 1, 8, 22
  • April 19, 26
  • May 3, 10

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Apply Now

To apply for this program, please click on the application link below.

You will be taken to a new page and prompted to set up an application account. Once you create an application account, you will be able to begin an application for one of our certificate programs. Make sure to select the application for "Palliative and End-of-Life Care" from the list of available applications.

NOTE: If you have an NYU email address, you should not use this email address when creating the application account.

UPDATE: Applications for the 2016-2017 program are now closed. Please check back in spring of 2017 for next year's application.

Special Accommodations & Grievance Policy

Special Accommodations:
Students requiring accommodations have the opportunity to make these known upon registering or by writing to&

Addressing Grievances:
For information on our Grievance Policy, please click here. If you have questions or concerns contact (212) 998-9099.

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In this program, the faculty treated students as peers, and the collegial atmosphere allowed students—at all levels of experience—to feel comfortable participating in our own learning. The faculty’s enthusiasm and commitment to teaching, as well as their own work in this field, was a highlight of the program.
- Nicki Weiss, MSW Pathways to Care program at Westchester Jewish Community Services, Hartsdale, NY