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Choice in Dying: Current Legal, Policy and Ethical Issues

Date and Time

Saturday, October 3, 2020
10 a.m. - 2 p.m.


4 hours offered via live webinar.

Completion of this class will result in the receipt of four (4) continuing education hours.

Many patients, particularly at the end of life, do not receive quality care. Palliative and hospice care, are not often provided in a timely manner, if at all. Additionally, the health care wishes of patients are often not honored, thus dying patients may receive interventions they never wanted. Patients who experience intolerable suffering may not know of options that could reduce their suffering and allow them to die with dignity, in accordance with their values and wishes. In order to make ‘informed decisions’ about end of life care, patients must be given information about expected benefits and burdens of proposed interventions – as well as the consequences of changing the focus of care to comfort. Social workers can play an important role as catalysts for better quality care for patients at the end of life to ensure that their health care wishes are respected.

David LevenDavid C. Leven, JD, Executive Director Emeritus and Senior Consultant, End of Life Choices New York

An expert on advance care planning, patient rights, palliative care and end-of-life issues, David Leven, was the Executive Director of End of Life Choices New York for 14 years. He is an advocate for patients and patient rights who has played a leadership role in having legislation introduced and enacted to improve pain management and palliative care and expand the rights of patients. Mr. Leven lectures frequently to professional groups and citizens. He was a regular guest lecturer at Fordham Graduate School of Social Service and College of New Rochelle Nursing School, and has spoken at all of the NYC area law schools. He is a graduate of the University of Rochester and Syracuse University College of Law.

Judith SchwarzJudith Schwarz, PhD, MSN, RN. Clinical Director, End of Life Choices New York

Dr. Schwarz has been the Clinical Director of EOLCNY for almost 20 years; in that capacity she responds to requests for information and guidance re end of life choices and options. Most callers have terminal or incurable and progressive illnesses and seek information about potentially controlling the circumstances and timing of their deaths. She works closely with colleagues in hospice and palliative care and publishes regularly in peer-reviewed professional journals. She earned her PhD in nursing at New York University, her Master’s degree at Lehman College, and completed her undergraduate degree at Fordham University at Lincoln Center.

Our regular fees are listed below:

  • Full Tuition - $120
  • GSS Alumni - $100
  • Current Field Instructor - $100
  • Current Adjunct Faculty - $100
  • SWHPN Member - $100
  • 3+ members registering from one agency - $80 per registration
  • Non-Fordham Current MSW or Social Work PhD Student - $80
  • Fordham Faculty and Staff - $80
  • Current Fordham MSW or PhD Student - $60
  • Fordham Alumni Palliative Care Fellow - $60
  • Current Fordham Palliative Care Fellowship Field Instructor/Career Mentor - $60
  • Current Fordham Palliative Care Fellow or Montefiore Fellow - $0

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.

Volume Discounts

For classes registered at the same time:

  • Two classes: 10% off total price
  • Three or four classes: 15% off total price
  • Five or more: 20% off total price

Refunds and Cancellations

Refunds may be issued as follows:

  • 10 working days prior to the class date: full refund
  • 7 to 9 working days prior to the class date: 50% refund
  • 6 working days or less prior to the class date: no refund
NOTE: Working day is Monday through Friday, non-holiday days.
Refund requests must be made via email to The date on the email will be used to determine the amount of the refund.
If the class is cancelled, all registrants will receive a full refund.

You will receive the Zoom link for joining the class a few days before the class. You will need a computer and a reliable WiFi connection. The computer may be a desktop or a laptop. It may be an Apple or Windows computer.

If you have never used Zoom before, you will likely be prompted to download an applet, which is a small program that allows Zoom to communicate with your computer. This is safe and you will need to do this to join the class.

It is NOT advised that you participate using a table (e.g,.an iPad) or a cellular phone. The software is not optimized for these devices.

Please plan to join the online class 15 minutes before the start time to be sure that you don’t have any problems connecting. We cannot provide technical support to you and refunds won’t be offered if you have technical problems. If you have any questions or concerns about this, please contact us at at least a few days before the class.