This course offers insight and tools to prepare social service practitioners for the challenges—and the rewards—of caring for older adults as they approach the end of life, and of caring for the elder’s family and friends as they share that journey. Drawing on research, professional expertise, and practical experience, the course provides clinical practice techniques, assessment and evaluation methods, and care-planning and treatment interventions. Self-awareness exercises are included to help course participants assess their own attitudes toward death and to recognize and address signs of their own emotional and physical fatigue as they move through the stages of dying and grieving with their clients. (4 CEUs)
- Knowledge of the palliative care model, legal issues and requirements, including advance directives, and the various roles of social service practitioners in end-of-life care.
- Understanding of intervention options and approaches, related ethical concerns, the importance of individual cultural and religious factors, and potential effects of personal feelings about death and dying on professional, compassionate care.
- Skills and tools to recognize the unique needs of the patient and family, to develop care plans, to facilitate discussion, and to provide appropriate interventions during the dying process, grief, and bereavement.