Educating Social Workers in Palliative and End-of-Life Care (ESPEC) is a brand-new course for practicing social workers that aims to improve knowledge and skills in palliative social work with over six hours of interactive online coursework and four hours of instructor-led training. The online training includes video of patient scenarios that social workers would likely encounter The instructor-led portion of the training uses reflective exercises, mentored role plays and facilitated small group discussion.
Course topics include:
- Best practices in palliative care
- Role of the social worker in management of serious chronic illness
- Multidimensional assessment of the patient and family
- Distress screening
- Psychological and psychosocial impact of advanced illness
- Social work and end-of-life care
- Cultural, religious and existential concerns surrounding advanced illness
- Serious illness conversations to support advance care planning
- Interprofessional communication
- And more!
6.0 hours CE for online independently paced training* completion of the online modules is required prior to participation in the instructor-led training
4.0 hours CE for instructor-led training *can be taken in person or online
We welcome real-time and post-training feedback about this new program so that we can continue to refine it in preparation for national roll-out.
- Identify best practices for front-line health social workers to integrate key palliative care principles into their clinical work
- Recognize the knowledge base and practice skills necessary to pursue competency in palliative social work
- Identify the skills necessary for interprofessional communication and visibility in palliative social work