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Continuing Education courses about End of Life

Communication in Cancer Care (1 credit hour)

Program Summary:  This course offers important and practical guidance for improving communication in cancer care.  The course explores patients’ differing information needs, communication styles, and decision making styles.  Strategies for communication are given and include research on disclosing bad news.  Cultural and socioeconomic factors affecting communication are discussed.

This course is recommended for social workers and counselors and is appropriate for beginning and intermediate levels of practice. Read the complete description of this course…..


Planning the Transition to End of Life Care in Advanced Cancer (2 credit hours)

Program Summary:  This course examines research and trends in the transition to end of life care.  The good death is discussed from the patient perspective, the health care provider perspective, and the caregiver perspective.  Factors that influence end of life care decisions are discussed along with barriers.  The course offers strategies to improve patient-oncologist communication and decision making in advanced cancer.

This course is recommended for social workers, counselors, and therapists and is appropriate for beginning and intermediate levels of practice.   Read the complete description of this course…..


Last Days of Life (PDQ) (2 credit hours)

Program Summary:  This course explores the last days of life; common end of life symptoms, treatments, and care considerations are examined.  Ethical perspectives and religious and spiritual beliefs are discussed along with decisions for withdrawing care and no further escalation of care.  This course is intended as a resource for oncology clinicians providing EOL care.

This course is recommended for social workers, counselors, and therapists and appropriate for beginning and intermediate levels of practice.  This course is not recommended for NBCC ethics credit. Read the complete description of this course…..


World Religions and Their Ethical Decisions on Withdrawing Treatment and Determining Death (2 credit hours)

Program Summary:  This course compares religious perspectives on death and end of life decisions.  The course explores Judaism, Christianity, Islam, indigenous faiths, Hinduism, and Buddhism and compares their ethical frameworks for end of life determinations.  Differences between Western traditions, Eastern traditions, and indigenous faith systems are examined.  The course offers clinicians an opportunity to increase competence and proficiency when working with different religious traditions in end of life care.

This course is recommended for social workers, counselors, and therapists and is appropriate for beginning and intermediate levels of practice.  This course is not recommended for NBCC ethics credit.
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Ethical Considerations in End of Life Care (2 credit hours)

Program Summary:  This course examines ethical considerations in end of life care and includes historical perspectives on death and dying, US cultural attitudes, an overview of grief models, professional obligations, and ethical principles.  The course explores key positions offered by the American Medical Association, the American Nurses Association, and the NASW.

This course is recommended for social workers and is appropriate for beginning and intermediate levels of practice.  This course is not recommended for NBCC credit.
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