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."
Palliative and End-of-Life Care
From the Director
"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
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 a final learning assessment in the form of a project or test.
Note: at least 2 years of post-Master's experience in or related to PELC is required to apply to this Program.
Continuing Education Units
NASW-approved CEUs: 80
- 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
2014-15 Program Calendar
Module 1 (Ethics/Pain) and Module 2 (Theories)
|Fall Semester (Meeting time: 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm)|
Module 4 (Practice Seminar)
|Spring Semester (Meeting time 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm):|
Module 3 (Leadership)
|Fall Semester (Meeting time: 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm)|
|Spring Semester (Meeting time: 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm)|
- Nicki Weiss, MSW Pathways to Care program at Westchester Jewish Community Services, Hartsdale, NY