Educating Social Workers in Palliative and End-of-Life Care (ESPEC) is an innovative training program designed for health social workers by social workers to promote the integration of primary palliative care skills into clinical practice.
ESPEC is an innovative, state-of-the art curriculum providing interactive coursework with engaging videos of patient and family encounters, highlighting best social work practices using the eight domains of palliative care as a framework.
ESPEC-NYC is specifically designed for health social workers in the New York City area,
with a focus on the concerns of the population
served by safety-net hospitals and organizations. Learners must
complete Part I, Self-Directed Online Training, before participating in Parts
II and III, the Live In-Person Training that will be provided in-person on
October 27, 2023 (see below). Mentorship sessions can be joined at any time
after completing Part I.
- Identify best practices for front-line health
social workers to integrate key palliative care principles into their clinical
- Recognize the knowledge base and practice
skills necessary to pursue additional competency in palliative social work.
- Apply the skills necessary for more effective
interprofessional communication and increased visibility in the health social
Completion of the 8-hour online training (Part I) is required prior to participation in the in-person training.
can be taken at your own pace.
integrates the eight domains of palliative care identified by the National Consensus Project for Quality Palliative Care into health social work practice. Training includes videos of patient and family encounters, interactive exercises, and resources for self-directed learning.
Learn more and register for Part I
Part II (Instructor-Led Training) and Part III
(Leadership Training) will be presented in-person on Friday, October 27, 2023, 8:30am
– 4:30pm, at Fordham University Lincoln Center Campus.
session is co-sponsored by Fordham’s Graduate School of Social Service.
- In-person training using clinical scenarios and facilitated
group discussion to improve competency in biopsychosocial-spiritual assessment,
the family meeting, healthcare disparities, advance care planning, and interprofessional
- Skills training in advocacy and leadership highlight the important
role of social workers in healthcare
- Theory and demonstration of best practices to improve
competence, confidence, and visibility in the health social work role
- Best Practice Guides and Resources to reinforce learning
- Credits: Social workers
receive 6.5 hours of Social Work CE in the live general social work category
(6.5 total CE hours)
- REGISTER FOR ESPEC-NYC NOW
(included in Part I registration)
sessions are provided to social workers who have completed Part I
on the implementation of new practice skills and common challenges facing
front-line health social workers in the workplace
of the online modules is required prior to participation in the Mentorship
- Prior registration for Mentorship is not required. Join any session(s)
using these Zoom links
- Upcoming 2023 sessions will be held
on Tuesdays, 4:00-5:00pm ET:
technical questions or issues with registration, please email