Ethics in End of Life Care for Social Workers

Ethics in End of Life Care for Social Workers 

This course explores the responsibility of the social worker in understanding his/her professional ethical standards and how they relate to every day end of life care. Explanation of why ethical considerations are important are discussed, as well as exploration of when the participant's own ethics may be blurred. Participants are encouraged to participate in self-exploration for a greater understanding of future personal growth.


Hours: 2.25


Certificates provided by accrediting body (3 Match)

Association of Social Work Boards

2.25 HOURS

Relias, LLC, #1273, is approved as a provider for social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB), through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Relias, LLC maintains responsibility for the program. ASWB Approval Period: 2/10/2018-2/10/2021. Social workers should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval for continuing education credits.

Course Delivery Format: Asynchronous Distance Learning-interaction includes quizzes with questions and answers, posttests. This module is Video.

Social workers participating in this course will receive 2.25 Ethics continuing education clock hours.

New York State Education Department, Office of the Professions, Division of Professional Licensing Services, Social Work Unit

2.25 HOURS

Relias, LLC is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #SW-0009.

Materials that are included in this course may include interventions and modalities that are beyond the authorized practice of licensed master social work and licensed clinical social work in New York. As a licensed professional, you are responsible for reviewing the scope of practice, including activities that are defined in law as beyond the boundaries of practice for an LMSW and LCSW. A licensee who practices beyond the authorized scope of practice could be charged with unprofessional conduct under the Education Law and Regents Rules.

As a provider of online, asynchronous education, some courses offered by Relias Learning are considered “self-study” under section 74.10(c)(2)(ii)(b)(4) of the Commissioner’s Regulations. The regulations limit self-study activities taken from a provider approved by the Education Department to no more than 12 hours in the 36-month registration period or one-third of the hours in a registration period other than 36 months.

Social workers will receive 2.25 continuing education hours for participating in this course. This activity is approved for 2.25 contact hours.

Florida Board of Clinical Social Work, Marriage and Family Therapy and Mental Health Counseling

2.25 HOURS

Provider #50-290 This activity is approved for 2.25 contact hours.

Course Details

Course Code: REL-PAL-0-EELCSW
Hours: 2.25
Type: Online Course
Content Expiration Date: 2/28/2020
Learning Objectives:
Explain why ethical considerations are important to the social workers' role in end of life care.
Describe relationships between social work ethics to everyday and end of life care.
Describe when the participant's own ethics may be blurred.

Section 1: Introduction A. Learning Objectives B. Defining the Terms C. Examples D. Dilemmas and Scope of Ethics E. Knowledge Check Section 2: Your Choices & Your Consequences A. Decision Making in Ethics B. Your View Matters C. Template for a Moral System D. System of Humanitarian Ethics E. Ethical Assessment Screen F. Ethical Standards for End-of-Life Care G. Question H. Knowledge Check Section 3: The Standards at a Closer Look A. Ethics and Values B. Practical Application C. Knowledge D. Practical Application E. Knowledge Check F. Assessment G. Practical Application H. Interventions and Treatment Planning I. Practical Application J. Attitude/Self-Awareness K. Practical Application L. Empowerment and Advocacy M. Practical Application N. Documentation O. Practical Application P. Interdisciplinary Teamwork Q. Practical Application R. Cultural Competence S. Practical Application T. Continuing Education U. Practical Application V. Supervision, Leadership, and Training W. Knowledge Check X. Your Ethical Dilemmas Y. New Discovery Points Z. References

Expert Reviewer: N. Joel Fry, MSW, LISW
Joel Fry is president and co-founder of TEAM Restoration Ministries. He is committed to seeing lives and relationships restored. Mr. Fry earned his BA at Simpson College, and earned his Master of Social Work (MSW) and Aging Studies Certificate from the University of Iowa. He is a State of Iowa Licensed Independent Social Worker (LISW). He formerly served as an administrator with a hospice organization and has significant experience teaching at the college level. Mr. Fry preaches and speaks frequently, and he and his wife, Heather, volunteer with local, state and national marriage initiatives. His counseling experience and interests include the areas of pre-marriage, marriage, individual, family, adolescent, and grief and loss therapy. Disclosure: N. Joel Fry, MSW, LISW has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
Target Audience:
The target audience for this course is: entry, intermediate, and advanced level Social Workers; in the following settings: Hospice, Palliative Care.
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Relias will be transparent in disclosing if any commercial support, sponsorship or co-providership is present prior to the learner completing the course.
Course Delivery Method and Format
Asynchronous/Online Distance Learning; please see certificate details for specifics on delivery format.
Relias has a grievance policy in place to facilitate reports of dissatisfaction. Relias will make every effort to resolve each grievance in a mutually satisfactory manner. In order to report a complaint or grievance please contact Relias.
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All courses offered by Relias, LLC are developed from a foundation of diversity, inclusiveness, and a multicultural perspective. Knowledge, values and awareness related to cultural competency are infused throughout the course content.
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All characteristics and organizations referenced in the following training are fictional. Any resemblance to any actual organizations or persons living or dead, is purely coincidental.
To earn continuing education credit for this course you must achieve a passing score of 80% on the post-test and complete the course evaluation.
If you require special accommodations to complete this module, please contact Relias Customer Support here.