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Cultural Humility in Working with Individuals with Serious Illness

Date and Time


April 22, 2020
6:00pm - 8:00pm

Completion of this class will result in the receipt of two (2) continuing education hours.

The purpose of this class is to increase competence in providing care to seriously ill persons, and their family members, in a manner that conveys cultural humility. Best practices for culturally sensitive practice related to language, family patterns, ethnicity, and spiritual assessment will be examined in relation to advance care planning and decision-making about treatment in the context of serious illness. Implications for cultural humility in providing bereavement support will also be discussed. Participants will explore their awareness of death and dominant culture biases on providing care to seriously ill persons from other cultures, and their family members. Best practices in communication and building bridges toward mutual understanding of care goals, and balance the power dynamic between families and the medical system.

GSS PCChristine Kucinskis, ACHP-SW, CSW-G, Social Work Manager MJHS Hospice

Christine Kucinskis has been a hospice and palliative care social worker for over 10 years. Prior to working in palliative care, she worked in geriatrics for over six years. Currently, she manages two teams of social workers in a variety of settings servicing terminally ill patients and their families.

Our regular fees are listed below:

  • Full Tuition - $60
  • GSS Alumni - $50
  • Current Field Instructor - $50
  • Current Adjunct Faculty - $50
  • SWHPN Member - $50
  • 3+ members registering from one agency - $40 per registration
  • Non-Fordham Current MSW or Social Work PhD Student - $40
  • Veterans - $40
  • Fordham Faculty & Staff - $40
  • Current Fordham MSW or PhD Student - $30
  • Fordham Alumni Palliative Care Fellow - $30
  • Current Fordham Palliative Care Fellowship Field Instructor/Career Mentor - $30
  • Current Fordham Palliative Care Fellow or Montefiore Fellow - $0

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

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 two (2) continuing education hours. CEHs are not awarded for partial completion of the class.

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.


One week prior to the class you will receive the link and password for joining the webinar on Zoom. 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.