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.

Notes to Applicants:

  • An MSW and at least 2 years of post-Master's experience in or related to Palliative and End-of-Life Care (PELC) is required to apply to this program. We hope that students will draw from that experience while in the classroom setting.
  • *** To enroll in the Practice Seminar and the Leadership modules, the student must be currently working in a position that is in or related to the PELC field. If you are unsure about your current position qualifying, please contact Dr. Susan Gerbino at

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: 11/11/19 - 11/11/22. 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.