The School of Social Work has developed an innovative program to train social workers for practice in end-of-life care with initial funding from the Project on Death in America. The coursework prepares students for practice in hospice programs and in 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. It is based on the family-centered and community-based principles which permeate the entire curriculum in the MSW Program. End-of-life services are based on the values of the hospice movement which include patient-directed treatment, services focused on the family as well as the patient, a focus on pain control and palliative care, a continuum of services available in the home and in inpatient settings, and integrated services provided by an interdisciplinary team and focused on medical, social, and spiritual needs.
|42:254||Introductory Seminar in End-of-Life Care in Rural Communities||3 s.h.|
|42:255||Integrative Seminar in End-of-Life Care) (taken last semester of the MSW Program)||1 s.h.|
|Hospice Volunteer Training (may be completed for one semester hour academic credit with an Independent Study, 042:271, see note + below)|
|42:292-293 or 42:295-296||Advanced Practicum in hospice, palliative care, bereavement, or other setting related to end-of-life care; can provide services to patients and families at any stage of the life cycle (2 semesters)||10-12 s.h.|
|Electives approved for End-of-Life Care (see list below)||6 s.h.|
Students select a minimum of 6 hours from the following list of approved electives:
|42:186/153:186||Death/ Dying: Issues Across the Life Cycle||3 s.h.|
|42:224||Spirituality and Ethics in Social Work Practice||2-3 s.h.|
|42:194||Social Work Practice in Health Care Settings||2 s.h.|
|42:153/153:153||Programs and Services for Aging Adults||3 s.h.|
|42:135/153:135||Older Adulthood: Cultural Comparisons||2-3 s.h.|
|42:195/153:195||Introduction to Nursing Homes||3 s.h.|
|42:219/153:219||Aging and the Family||2-3 s.h.|
|42:199||Social Work Theory and Practice in Long Term Care||2 s.h.|
|42:281||Interventions in Chronic and End-Of-Life Care||2 s.h.|
|42:281||Grief Therapy||2 s.h.|
|096:147/153:147||End of Life Care for Adults & Families (ICON course)||2 s.h.|
|42:281||Trauma & Loss (under development)||2 s.h.|
(based on full-time student schedule for students without the BA in Social Work)
|Summer Semester Year 1||Introductory Seminar in End of Life Care in Rural Communities|
|Fall Semester Year 1||Hospice Volunteer Training (may be taken with an Independent Study) +|
|Spring Semester Year 1||Foundation Practicum|
|Summer Semester||Two or three electives approved for End-of-Life Care|
|Fall Semester Year 2||Advanced Practicum in End-of-Life Care Possible additional elective approved for End-of-Life Care|
|Spring Semester Year 2||Advanced Practicum in End-of-Life Care (continued from fall semester) Integrative Seminar in End-of-Life Care|
An Advanced Practicum in End-of –Life Care, Palliative Care, or Bereavement Services will be approved by the Practicum Administrator with input from the student and the Coordinator of the End-of-Life Care Field of Practice.
Advanced Practicum Sites Include:
-Any Hospice Program that has developed a practicum agreement with the School of Social Work (placements both in hospice social work and bereavement programs)
-University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics: Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center, Adult Oncology, Pediatric Oncology, Palliative Care, Dialysis, Organ Transplant, and other programs as approved
-Veterans Administration Medical Center, Iowa City and Des Moines (serve veterans from large rural region)
-Nursing homes offering end-of-life care to residents in collaboration with a hospice program
-Hospice Program at Oakdale Correctional Facility or other Department of Correction facility
-Programs involved with community education and outreach for end-of-life care
-End-of-Life Care Coalitions
Additional sites as approved by the Coordinator of the End-of-Life Care Field of Practice
Students may complete the Field of Practice in End-of-Life Care with either the Family-Centered or Integrated Practice Concentration.
Students choose six semester hours of courses from the list of electives in consultation from their academic advisor and the Coordinator of the End-of-Life Care Field of Practice. The required courses and electives may be open to other students with permission of the instructor. Students accepted into the end-of-life care field of practice have priority for required courses.
MSW students normally take 12 semester hours of electives. The majority of these electives will be used to complete the Field of Practice in End-of-Life Care. Some of the electives approved for end-of-life care are also approved for the Aging Studies Certificate; students interested in end-of-life care and gerontology may be able to earn both certificates with careful planning.
+ Students who have already completed hospice volunteer training may submit proof of completion to the Coordinator of the End-of-Life Care Field of Practice.