Clinical social work education in palliative and end-of-life care: Relational approaches for advanced practitioners

Joan Berzoff, Georgina Lucas, Donna Deluca, Susan Gerbino, David Browning, Zelda Foster, Esther Chatchkes

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Abstract

This paper describes the first post-Master's program in the US in end-of-life care for social workers. Developed at the Smith College School for Social Work, this program used innovative relational methods in student recruitment, curricular design, supervision, and leadership development, based upon input from the faculty, students, and field supervisors. Collaborations emerged with funders, agencies, and programs nationally. The program was based on a pedagogical stance that clinical work with dying people requires the capacity to be fully present- in individual, group, and family work; in interdisciplinary meetings; and in advocating for quality and equity of care-while attending to diverse and at-risk populations. Students deepened their clinical skills and took leadership in the field of end-of-life care.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)45-63
Number of pages19
JournalJournal of Social Work in End-of-Life and Palliative Care
Volume2
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - 2006

Keywords

  • Clinical internships
  • Clinical supervision
  • Curricular design
  • End-of-life care
  • Leadership development
  • Pedagogical approaches
  • Post-MSW programs

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Life-span and Life-course Studies

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