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Postgraduate Certificate in Palliative and End of Life Care

Program Dates

Session I: October 13-16, 2016
Session II: April 6-9, 2017

This program is co-sponsored by Baystate Medical Center, a part of Tufts New England Medical Center.

Application deadline: September 1, 2016 Deadline extended to September 21!

Admission Requirements

The program is designed for end of life social workers with two years of post-graduate experience who are currently working with end of life care issues. Dr. Esther Chachkes, director of the Palliative Care Certificate Program, is available to take applications and questions at

The Program

Social workers encounter death, dying and bereavement in every setting in which they work but few have been prepared to take leadership in changing the culture in work with the dying and with their families. This program, the first in this country and now in its ninth year, provides social workers relational ways of learning in a community of colleagues, with an outstanding faculty of leaders in the field. Students take advanced coursework over two long weekends, punctuated by a clinical internship where they study two to three study cases intensively using individual telephonic supervision, and telephonic group supervision, and where they are mentored in taking leadership in the field, including in publishing. Supervisors are outstanding practitioners chosen by the program.

Academic Content

The academic content includes: psychodynamic and developmental theories in death and bereavement, childhood bereavement, advanced practice I and II, spirituality I and II, legal and ethical issues, pain and symptom management, hospice and palliative care, work with marginalized populations, work with lesbian and gay persons who are dying, advanced leadership and systems change.