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Palliative and End-of-Life Care

Program overview

This certificate 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; and provide opportunities to develop leadership skills.

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. All four modules are required to complete the certificate. Each module meets for between 15 and 20 total hours. The Program Calendar below describes the timetable for each module in detail. Note 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.

Program Highlights

  • Interaction of theory and practice; clinical practice knowledge
  • Assessment and clinical intervention skills
  • Biopsychosocial-spiritual framework


  • Module 1: Ethical Issues in Palliative Care/Pain and Symptom Management: Multidimensional Perspectives (20 CEs)
  • Module 2: Theories of Attachment, Loss, and Bereavement (15 CEs)
  • Module 3: Interdisciplinary Collaboration and Leadership Development (15 CEs)
  • Module 4: Practice Seminar (20 CEs)

Continuing Education Contact Hours

  • 70 NYSED-approved contact hours will be awarded for completion of the full program.


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}.
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.


New York University Silver School of Social Work is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed mental health counselors {#MHC-0083}.

For Mental Health Practitioners: Please check with your state, if you are not licensed in New York, to determine if these credits will be accepted for licensing renewal.

2018-19 Program Calendar

TOPIC: Theories

Dory Hottensen
Fall Semester Dates (Meeting time: 5:00 pm to 7:30 pm)
  • August 29
  • September 12
  • October 3, 24
  • November 7
  • December 5

TOPIC: Pain and Symptom Management; Ethics

Professor Terry Altilio
Fall Semester Dates (Meeting time: 5:00 pm to 7:30 pm)
  • September 5, 26
  • October 17, 31
  • November 14, 28
  • December 12, 19

TOPIC: Leadership

Dr. Esther Chachkes
Fall Semester Dates (Meeting time: 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm)
  • October 9, 10
Spring Semester (Meeting time: 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm)
  • TBD: Three telephone sessions in early spring
  • April 9, 10
Meets on dates scheduled across both semesters.

TOPIC: Practice Seminar

Dr. Susan Gerbino
Spring Semester Dates (Meeting time 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm):
  • January 30
  • February 6, 20
  • March 6, 13, 27
  • April 3, 17
  • May 1, 8

Zelda Foster Studies logo

This certificate program is part of NYU Silver's Zelda Foster Studies Program in Palliative and End-of-Life Care (PELC), which encompasses a range of initiatives designed to develop and mentor PELC social work leaders at all stages of their careers.

Application Information

To apply for this program, use the application link below. You will be prompted to create a user profile in order to begin the application. The Palliative and End-of-Life Care application requires you to submit the following supplemental documents:

  • Current CV/resume
  • Personal statement about why you are applying to this program
  • The name and contact information of two references, who will receive a notification from the system to provide her or his letter of support
  • A telephone interview is also conducted as a part of the appliation process
  • Application fee: this program requires an application fee of $40 be submitted via check or money order. Checks should be made payable to 'NYU Social Work' and mailed to the Silver School of Social Work c/o Stephanie Kaplan, 1 Washington Square N, New York, NY 10003. Please include a note with the check that it is for the Palliative and End-of-Life Care application. We will not be able to review your application until the application fee has been received

We are no longer accepting applications for this program. Please check back in the spring for our 2019-2020 program application.

Special Accommodations & Grievance Guidelines

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

Addressing Grievances:
Please see our Grievance Policy for information on our grievance and complaint procedures. If you have questions or concerns contact (212) 998-9099.

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