SWK4110 Social Work Practice and Hospice Care

Course Overview

Educational Level: Upper undergraduate, Bachelor
Credit Hours: 3 Credits
Instructor: Dr. Olivia Owusu-Boakyewaah

Course Description:

Presents the experiences of loss, death and bereavement as it is viewed by individuals, families and loved ones. It will examine theories on grief and loss across the lifespan and how social factors may impact the grieving process. Further, the role of spirituality and coping will be explored.

How This Course Benefits Students:

The course is designed for students who have an interest in working with populations with health care challenges.

Why This Course Is Important:

This course will train social workers for practice in end-of-life services including hospice, hospital social work in pediatric and adult oncology, palliative care units, and other social work settings focused on the needs of individuals at the end of life, their families and bereaved individuals. This course is essential because all social workers, regardless of practice settings, will inevitably work with clients facing acute or long-term situations involving life-limiting illness, dying, death, grief, and bereavement. At the present time, there is a growing need for professionally trained social workers who can provide high quality services to people at end-of life, to their families and to those who are bereaved.