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Teaching Resources for End-of-Life and Palliative Care Courses

Edited by Ellen L. Csikai and Barbara Jones

Publication Date - July 2007

ISBN: 9780190615949

334 pages
6 x 8.9 inches

Retail Price to Students: $60.00


Social workers in all areas of practice encounter end-of-life care issues. This compendium gives a comprehensive view of end-of-life care as taught in MSW, BSW, continuing education, and post-master's programs. It is a valuable resource for new and seasoned faculty alike, providing concrete guidance that will enrich the classroom experience. Csikai and Jones have compiled a complete resource for social work educators. The book closes a gap in knowledge about end-of-life care and demonstrates how to best incorporate the content into social work programs.


  • BSW and MSW syllabi
  • Specialty courses on specific topics in end-of-life care
  • Additional self-reflective exercises
  • Additional assignments to supplement syllabi
  • Annotated bibliography of textbooks
  • Continuing education course modules and workshop

About the Author(s)

Ellen L. Csikai (PhD, MPH, MSW, University of Pittsburgh) is associate professor at the University of Alabama School of Social Work as well as faculty associate at the Center for Mental Health and Aging. Professor Csikai served as the director of the MSW program at Stephen F. Austin University. She has published numerous articles and is a member of several professional organizations, including the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization.

Barbara Jones (PhD, MSW, University at Albany) is assistant professor and co-director of the Institute for Grief, Loss, and Family Survival at the University of Texas at Austin School of Social Work. She serves as president for the Association of Pediatric Oncology Social Workers, and was awarded that Lora Lee Pederson Teaching Excellence Award in 2004.

Table of Contents

    Part 1 Textbooks
    1. Primary Textbooks
    2. Recommended Books
    Part 2 Assessment Tools
    3. Cindy Garthwait: A Century in Review: A Decade-by-Decade Social and Historical Timeline
    4. Vicki Murdoch: Spirituality and Aging
    Part 3 Self-Reflective Exercises
    5. Hillel Bodek: Psychosocial Aspects of Chronic and Terminal Illness: Taking Care of Our Patients and Ourselves
    6. Vicki Murdoch: Some Death/Dying/Loss Activities for the Classroom
    Part 4 Assignments
    7. Cynthia Forrest: Loss, Grief, and Social Work Interventions
    8. Helen Harris: Care for the Dying
    9. Barbara Jones: Loss and Grief: Individual, Family, and Cultural Perspectives
    10. Susan Murty: Selected Aspects of Social Work and Social Welfare: Introductory Seminar in End of Life in Rural Communities
    11. Jane Roberts: Grief and Loss: Practice with Individuals and Groups
    12. Sara Sanders: Grief Therapy
    13. Sherri Weisenfluh: Topical Seminar in Social Work: End-of-Life Care
    Part 5 BSW Course Syllabi and Modules
    14. Jerry Jo Manfred-Gilham: Death, Dying, and Bereavement
    15. Lucinda Lee Roff: Death, Dying, and Bereavement
    16. Sheila Gillespie Roth: Death and Dying
    17. Cheryl Brandsen and Mary Carlsen: Social Work with the Dying and Their Families: Five Curriculum Modules for Education the Generalist Practitioner
    Part 6 MSW Syllabi: End-of-Life Care Comprehensive / Life-Span Content
    18. Csikai: Social Work Practice in End-of-Life Care
    19. John Linder: Death, Dying, and Bereavement: Social Work/Clergy Collaboration to Improve End-of-Life Care
    20. Taryn Lindhorst and Bonnie Letinich: Caring for Persons with Life-Limiting Illness: A Life-Span Approach
    21. Sara Sanders: Death and Dying: Issues across the Life Span
    22. Tracy Schroepfer: Death and Dying: Implications and Challenges for Practice
    Part 7 MSW Syllabi: Loss, Grief, and Bereavement
    23. Dorothy S. Becvar: Therapeutic Approaches to Loss and Change
    24. Mark de St. Aubin: Social Work Practice with Grief and Loss
    25. Diane Green: Loss and Grief: Individual, Family, and Cultural Perspectives
    26. Betty J. Kramer: Grief, Death, Loss, and Life
    27. Froma Walsh: Loss, Recovery, and Resilience
    28. Katherine Walsh: Loss and Grief
    Part 8 MSW Specialty Course Syllabi
    29. Mercedes Bern-Klug: Introduction to Nursing Homes
    30. Helen Harris: When Mourning is Complicated
    31. Barbara Jones: Social Work in Pediatric Palliative and End-of-Life Care
    32. Susan Hedlund and Pamela Miller: End-of-Life Decision Making
    33. Mary Sormanti: Clinical Practice with Individuals and Families Coping with Life-Threatening Medical Illness
    34. Gary Stein: Biomedical Ethics
    35. Susan Taylor-Brown: AIDS and Social Work: Policy and Practice Issues
    Part 9 Specialty Programs
    36. Susan Murty: University of Iowa, School of Social Work
    37. Denice Goodrich Liley: Life Transitions: Working with End-of-Life Relationships
    38. Joan Berzoff: Smith College/Baystate Medical Center End-of-Life Care Certificate Program
    39. Susan Gerbino: New York University Post-Masters Certificate Program: Palliative and End-of-Life Care
    Part 10 Other Resources
    40. Karen Bullock: Resource Enrichment Center
    41. Karyn Walsh: National Association of Social Workers