Certificate Program Outline
All classes follow a three weeks on, one week off format. Participants will be expected to spend between 6 to 8 hours weekly on course related activities during the three "on" weeks.
LEVEL 1: LAYING THE FOUNDATION
Level 1 Module 1: Palliative Care Social Workers: Exploring the Heart of Who We Are
- Week 1: Our History, Our Values, Our Path
- Week 2: Holistic and Interdisciplinary: The Lost Art
- Week 3: Palliative Care Settings – The Expanded Version
1.2. The Social Worker: Team Member, Team Leader and Safari Guide
- Week 1: Advanced Team Practice: Why The Social Worker Should Take the Lead
- Week 2: Psychosocial/Spiritual Care? We Are Right There With You!
- Week 3: Yes: We Do Play a Vital Role in the Management of Pain
1.3. Often Overlooked Critical Skills
- Week 1: Exposing Urban Myths with Critical Thinking
- Week 2: Is This the Right Path? Screening and Assessment
- Week 3: Beyond Emotional Support: Motivational Interviewing and Care Planning
LEVEL 2: ADVANCED SKILL DEVELOPMENT
2.1. Moving Beyond “Eclectic”: Essential Skills for Social Work Practice
- Week 1: Informed by Research: New Perspectives on Grief and Loss
- Week 2: Doing Nothing is Motivated by Something: Motivational Interviewing Part II
- Week 3: Utilizing Clinical Techniques within Our Scope of Practice: CBT, Mindfulness, etc.
2.2. Challenges and Opportunities: Working with Challenging Cases
- A Framework and Step Model for Addressing Everyday Challenges
- Working with Challenging Systems: Intrapersonal, Interpersonal, and Family Dynamics
- Is it Just a Personality Conflict? Personalities and Disorders
2.3 The World of Palliative Care: Exploring Population Specific Practices
- “Underserved Populations”: Are We the Obstacle? Investigating Diversity and Inclusion
- Children and Teens Need Palliative Care Too!
- The Misunderstood: Gender, LGBTQ, Non-Religious
2.4 Collaborating: It is What We Do!
- Social Work Alongside the Physician and Nurse
- Collaborating with Spiritual Care Folks and Their Communities
- The True Heart of the Team? Volunteer/Nursing Assistant Collaborations
2.5 When Both Yes and No Seem Wrong: Ethics in Palliative Care
- Easier Said Than Done: Establishing and Maintaining Personal/Professional Boundaries
- Under the Microscope: Examining Palliative Sedation, Suicide and Choice
- Get Some Help! Ethics Committees, Bioethics and Resolving Ethical Dilemmas
2.6 Returning to Our Pioneer Spirit: The World of Palliative Care Today and Tomorrow
- Where Do We Fit? Challenges/Opportunities Facing Hospice/Healthcare Today
- Escaping the Medical Model: Social Work Leading the Way!
- What is Happening Around the World? Global Perspectives
Level 3: Putting it All Together
3.1. Social Work Leadership
- Victims of Circumstance: Never! Not Us! Examining Systems at the Organizational Level
- Understanding the Alphabet Soup: COPs, JCAHO, CMS, etc.
- Enhancing Professionalism: Social Worker as Leaders
3.2. Programs Developed by Social Workers to Meet Special Needs
- Program Development For and By Social Workers
- Specific New/Creative Programing Worldwide
- Updates from the World Palliative Care: Recent Research and Available Resources
3.3. Individual Projects/Program Conclusion
- Individual Project Preparation/Guide
- Individual Project Development and Coaching
- Individual Project Report/Review Discussions