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Clinical Work with Demoralization in Serious Illness

Date and Time

Monday, September 14, 2020
5:30 p.m. - 8 p.m.


2.5 hours offered via live webinar.

Completion of this class will result in the receipt of two and half (2.5) continuing education hours.

Demoralization, a cluster of experiences centered around feelings of hopelessness, helplessness and existential angst, is increasingly understood as an aspect of the illness experience, distinct from depression. Clinicians often struggle with how to respond to this kind of pain, for which there is rarely a clear answer or solution. This workshop seeks to help participants better understand the development of demoralization as a symptom and as a syndrome, presents case studies that highlight demoralization and the role of the social worker, and provides insight into best practices for clinical practice with seriously ill patients in any setting. 

Abby NathansonAbigail Nathanson, DSW, LCSW, APHSW-C

Abigail Nathanson is a program manager in the Weill Cornell Department of Geriatrics and Palliative Care, and part-time faculty at New York University Silver School of Social Work, where she teaches Grief, Loss & Bereavement. Her clinical practice focuses on serious illness and grief work, and she has 15 years of clinical and leadership experience in healthcare. She holds advanced designations in Clinical Supervision and in Palliative Care, and has presented nationally on topics relating to caregivers, program development and best practices for medical social workers. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and her Master’s and Doctorate in Social Work from New York University.

Our regular fees are listed below:

  • Full Tuition - $75
  • GSS Alumni - $62.50
  • Current Field Instructor - $62.50
  • Current Adjunct Faculty - $62.50
  • SWHPN Member - $62.50
  • 3+ members registering from one agency - $50 per registration
  • Non-Fordham Current MSW or Social Work PhD Student - $50
  • Veterans - $50
  • Fordham Faculty and Staff - $50
  • Current Fordham MSW or PhD Student - $37.50
  • Fordham Alumni Palliative Care Fellow - $37.50
  • Current Fordham Palliative Care Fellowship Field Instructor/Career Mentor - $37.50
  • 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 two and half (2.5) 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.