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When Death Comes Knocking at the Door: Honoring End-of-Life Work in a Social Work Field Placement
Maria Chi, LCSW and Glenn Meuche, LCSW
Recorded on February 22, 2017
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About the Webinar
The universal experience of death has the potential to connect human beings on a deeper level. Yet our denial of death often inhibits human connection and relationship. The field of palliative and end-of-life care therefore presents an array of challenges to social work interns. Feelings of vulnerability surrounding our patients’ death and our own mortality can evoke a sense of helplessness and contribute to professional stress and burnout. Field placements are not always prepared to address these issues. Conversely, working within palliative and end-of-life care can afford opportunities for professional growth and for interns whose field placements are structured around an awareness of the fragility of human existence. It is the presenters’ hope to offer a model for field placements in palliative and end-of-life care. Participants will be introduced to ways in which they can embrace and cultivate their students’ “death anxiety” in order to help them develop sensitivity and empathy to their clients’ needs.
At the end of the presentation, the participant will be able to:
- Explain how to create an internship program that utilizes humanistic and existential principles, maintaining clinical acuity while honoring the human/personal dimension.
- Demonstrate how to use the parallel process effectively to role model for students who are working with individuals who are terminally ill and (actively) dying.
- Identify ways to address existential issues and counter-transference that may arise for interns.
Continuing Education Credits
Level - Intermediate
Participants will earn 1.5 CE credits upon successful completion of a quiz and a post-webinar evaluation.