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The Interdisciplinary Palliative Care Team: Facilitating Healthy Teams

Date and Time

Monday and Tuesday, April 12 and 13, 2021
6 - 7:30 p.m. (each evening)

Registration will close one hour before the class start time.

Offered via live webinar.

Completion of this class will result in the receipt of three (3) continuing education hours.

Interdisciplinary Teams, including Palliative Care Teams, are high functioning models of effective inter/intra disciplinary work. Our process of collaborative information sharing can contribute to effective and emotionally sustainable care for patients and families. Social workers, nurse practitioners, physicians, and other integral interdisciplinary team members are united in their common goal of quality patient care, but the lens through which we view medical complexities may be radically different.

While this difference and overlap contributes to the richness of interdisciplinary care, and often results in better care for patients and families, we must also nurture ourselves and these relationships to prevent role fatigue, unintentional conflict, and burnout. Healthy teams must be created and maintained. With the difficult realities we face in every day work, we must pay attention to the health of our colleagues, and ourselves, in order to best support team function.

While palliative care team members have many shared attributes and skill sets, social workers are trained specifically in nonverbal communication, the impact and use of language, relational dynamics, family system theory and group therapy facilitation. These formational parts of our educational process uniquely position us to be team leaders in supporting healthy team function and identifying/navigating team distress.

Dana Ribeiro MillerDana Ribeiro Miller, M.Div., LCSW, ACHP-SW

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.

Class fees are listed below:

  • Full Tuition - $90
  • GSS Alumni - $75
  • Current Field Instructor - $75
  • Current Adjunct Faculty - $75
  • SWHPN Member - $75
  • 3+ members registering from one agency - $60 per registration
  • Non-Fordham Current MSW or Social Work PhD Student - $60
  • Veterans - $60
  • Fordham Faculty and Staff - $60
  • Current Fordham MSW or PhD Student - $45
  • Fordham Alumni Palliative Care Fellow - $45
  • Current Fordham Palliative Care Fellowship Field Instructor/Career Mentor - $45
  • Current Fordham Palliative Care 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 three(3) 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

Volume discounts are not applied at checkout. A refund will be issued to the credit card used to register for 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.

You will receive the Zoom link for joining the class at least one day 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 tablet (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.