Course Description for Hospice and Palliative Care
Hospice and Palliative Care
Description: This course will focus on social work roles in hospice and palliative care. Academic content will include: psychodynamic and developmental theories in death and dying, bereavement, spirituality, legal and ethical issues, pain and symptom management, hospice and palliative care with marginalized populations, care of LGBTQ persons who are dying, and hospice and palliative care at a mezzo and macro level. The course will train social workers to conduct comprehensive biopsychosocial spiritual assessments, coordination of care within family systems, and work within interdisciplinary teams. The course will also equip social workers with an understanding the impact of chronic life limiting illnesses and the impact of trauma on the death and dying process.