Professional social work education in end-of-life care: contributions of the Project on Death in America's Social Work Leadership Development program.

Abstract

Social work education in both BSW and MSW level courses is missing vital content about end-of-life care, palliative care, and bereavement. End-of-life care training opportunities through continuing education programs have also been limited. This deficit is significant because a vast number of social workers are already confronted with end-of-life issues on a daily basis in a variety of practice settings. Through the Project on Death in America, Social Work Leadership Development Awards initiative, many programs and models for professional social work education and training in end-of-life care have been developed and are presented in this article. These include: end-of-life care courses, symposia, training manuals, certificate programs and fellowships. Although the curricula continue to be refined, many of these programs are available to practitioners to advance their knowledge and skills and their curricular models are available to social work educators for possible replication.

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@article{WalshBurke2005ProfessionalSW, title={Professional social work education in end-of-life care: contributions of the Project on Death in America's Social Work Leadership Development program.}, author={Katherine Walsh-Burke and Ellen L. Csikai}, journal={Journal of social work in end-of-life & palliative care}, year={2005}, volume={1 2}, pages={11-26} }