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Pediatric Palliative Care for Social Workers

Date and Time

Saturday, October 24, 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.

Social workers in health care and other settings may be faced with working with a child with a serious and sometimes life-limiting illness. The complexities of working with children who have a life-limiting illness and their families to minimize symptom burden and maximize quality of life can be very challenging. This class is designed to educate social workers about the psychosocial needs of children with a serious illness, how serious illness in childhood differs from that in adulthood, and its effects on the entire family system. Interventions to assist families in coping and the importance of hope will also be addressed, as well as how to provide culturally competent care at End-of- Life for child and family.

Continuing EducationMarianne Muzic-Lucenti, LCSW, ACHP-SW, APHSW-C, Palliative Care Program Manager, St. Mary’s Hospital for Children

Over the past 17 years, Marianne Muzic-Lucenti’s career has focused on providing support to families with medically fragile and terminally ill children, particularly at End-of-Life. Following completion of her graduate studies at Fordham University Graduate School of Social Services in 2002, Marianne worked at Jacobi Medical Center in the Bronx as the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit Social Worker. She transitioned to St. Mary’s Hospital for Children in 2004, where she currently serves as Palliative Care Program Manager. Marianne provides support to the patient, family, and interdisciplinary staff throughout a child’s disease trajectory, focusing on comfort management and quality of life. In addition, she manages the Doula Volunteer Program as well as the Complementary Care Program. She has mentored Fordham Social Work Graduate students within the Palliative Care Fellowship Program and is passionate about educating students, as well as the community, regarding the importance of palliative care. Marianne is a Certified Grief Recovery Specialist and has obtained accreditation through the NASW as an Advanced Certified Hospice and Palliative Care Social Worker. Most recently, Marianne successfully completed the first evidenced based exam for Palliative Care Social Workers, and is now certified as an Advanced Palliative Hospice Social Worker. She is also an active member of the Hospice and Palliative Care Association of N.Y. States (HPCANYS) Children’s Advisory Committee.

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
  • Veterans - $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.