End-of-Life Care Course Sequence

END-OF-LIFE CARE AS A FIELD OF PRACTICE

The School of Social Work has developed an innovative program to train social workers for practice in end-of-life services with initial funding from the Project on Death in America. The coursework prepares students for practice in hospice programs and in hospital social work in pediatric and adult oncology, palliative care units, and other social work settings focused on the needs of individuals at the end of life, their families and bereaved individuals.  It is based on the family-centered and community-based principles which permeate the entire curriculum in the MSW Program.  End-of-life services are based on the values of the hospice movement which include patient-directed treatment, services focused on the family as well as the patient, a focus on pain control and palliative care, a continuum of services available in the home and in inpatient settings, and integrated services provided by an interdisciplinary team and focused on medical, social, and spiritual needs.

Required Courses for Field of Practice:                                                  

Required Courses for Field of Practice
Course Number Course Name Semester Hours

SSW:3786

Death, Dying; Issues Across the Life Cycle

3 s.h.-4 s.h.*

SSW:3191

Independent Study – Integrative Project

 

1 s. h.

SSW:3191

Independent Study associated with completing Hospice Volunteer Training (may be completed without academic credit;  + See below re possible waiver)

1 s.h.

SSW:7292-7293 or

SSW:7295-7296

Advanced Practicum in hospice, palliative care, bereavement, or other setting related to end-of-life care; can provide services to patients and families at any stage of the life cycle.

10-12 s.h.

Approved Electives in School of Social Work

Students select a minimum of 6 hours from the following list of approved electives:

Approved Electives in School of Social Work
Course Number Course Name Semester Hours

SSW:3135

Global Aging

3 s.h.

SSW:5194

SW Practice in Health Care Settings

2 s.h.

SSW:3501

Introduction to Nursing Homes

3 s.h.

SSW:5219

Aging and the Family

2-3 s.h.

SSW:6224

Spirituality and Ethics in Social Work Practice

2-3 s.h

SSW:3786

Death, Dying; Issues Across the Life Cycle

3 s.h.

SSW: 5200

Grief Work with Individuals and Families

3 s.h.

Note: Students choose courses from the list of electives in consultation from their academic advisor and the Coordinator of the End-of-Life Care Field of Practice.  The required courses and electives may be open to other students with permission of the instructor. Students accepted into the end-of-life care field of practice have priority for required courses.

Note that MSW students normally take 12 -14 semester hours of electives. The majority of these electives will be used to complete the Field of Practice in End-of-Life Care,

+ Students who have already completed hospice volunteer training or have considerable hospice experience may discuss waiving the hospice volunteer training with permission of the Coordinator of the End-of-Life Care Field of Practice. 

Electives Offered In Other Departments (may be substituted for approved electives with approval of Coordinator of End-of-Life Care Field of Practice)

Sequence of Coursework for Field of Practice in End-of-Life Care (based on full-time student schedule for students without the BA in Social Work)

Sequence of Coursework for Field of Practice in End-of-Life Care

Semester

Courses

Fall Semester Year 1

Death, Dying Across the Life Span

Spring Semester Year 1

Foundation Practicum

Hospice Volunteer Training as Independent Study  (may be waived by Coordinator of the End-of-Life Care Field of Practice)

Summer Semester

Two or three electives approved for End-of-Life Care

Fall Semester Year 2

Advanced Practicum in End-of-Life Care

Possible additional elective approved for End-of-Life Care

Spring Semester Year 2

Advanced Practicum in End-of-Life Care (continued from fall semester)

Integrative Project/Individual Study

An Advanced Practicum in End-of –Life Care, Palliative Care, or Bereavement Services will be approved by the Director of Field with input from the student and the Coordinator of the End-of-Life Care Field of Practice.