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Spirituality and End-of-Life Care: A Social Work Primer

March 3, 2018


9 a.m. - 1 p.m.


Fordham University Graduate School of Social Service
Lincoln Center Campus
113 West 60th Street
New York, NY 10023


Learning to identify assesses, and support patient and family spiritual and religious needs is central to providing whole person care. Acknowledging this essential aspect of identity enables the social worker to understand the person beyond the framework of the apparent physical care needs and expands the view of the person in the world and outside of the treatment room. Utilizing an expanded frame that understands the spiritual nature of the whole person can act as an entry point for deeper engagement and has the potential to reinforce the social worker’s bond with the patient and family. These conversations present an opportunity for patients and families to feel

heard in ways that are deeply meaningful and personal to them. This course will provide social workers with tools and strategies to have authentic conversations with patients and families about their spiritual beliefs in relation to their physical health needs.

Course Objectives

  1. Define and delineate spirituality vs. religion
  2. Identify the threads of spirituality that are present in patient/provider interactions
  3. Cultivate skills for assessing spiritual needs and concerns
  4. Develop strategies and methods for spiritual engagement with patients and families
  5. Explore personal spiritual beliefs and boundaries that may impact objectivity in patient care


Dana Ribeiro Miller M.Div., LMSW, ACHP-SW is licensed as a Master of Social Work. She holds a Masters in Social Work from Columbia University School of Social Work, where she was a recipient of the Dr. Maurice V. Russell Fellowship for Medical Social Work, a Masters in Divinity from Union Theological Seminary, and a B.S. from Rutgers University. She completed her subspecialty Palliative Care training via the Post Graduate Fellowship in Palliative Care at the Mt. Sinai-Beth Israel Division of Palliative Medicine. Currently she is a Palliative social worker, member of the ethics committee, faculty for the Palliative Care Fellowship Program and member of the Critical Incident Stress Management Team at NYU Winthrop University Hospital.

Continuing Education Hours

Fordham University Graduate School of Social Service is a provider of social work continuing education hours, as approved by the New York State Education Department Board for Social Work.

Completion of this class will result in the receipt of four (4) continuing education hours. CEHs are not awarded for partial completion of the class.

Class Fee

The price is listed below:

  • Fordham GSS Alumni: $130
  • Fordham GSS Students: $70
  • Fordham Current Field Instructors: $70
  • Other Students: $80
  • Social Work Hospice and Palliative Care Network (SWHPN) Members: $130
  • All others: $140

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Refunds and Cancellations

In the event that the class is cancelled, a full refund will be given.

Contact Us

Keila Zapata-Kelly, MSW, CASAC-T
Administrator of Continuing Education and Social Work Licensure