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Understanding Your Own Death Anxiety, for the Death-Adjacent Clinician

Date and Time

Thursday, October 14, 2021
12 p.m. - 2 p.m. ET

Offered via live webinar.

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

Registration will close at midnight of the day before the class.

Death anxiety is an evolutionary concept relating to the very core of what it means to be human. While death anxiety is often implicit and below conscious awareness, some theorists and researchers propose it actually underlies much of our motivation in life. Better understanding of the death anxiety implicit within us helps us better tolerate and hold space for the often-unspoken death anxiety of our patients and clients. This workshop seeks to help participants better understand what death anxiety is, how it manifests and how it feels within themselves. The workshop is highly experiential and evocative, and requires focused, active participation and reflection.

Learning Objectives:

Social workers who take this course will be able to:

  1. Define death anxiety 
  2. Identify opportunities for increasing and tolerating mortality salience 
  3. Identify own manifestations of death anxiety and coping mechanisms 
  4. Utilize an understanding of death anxiety in reflective practice  

Abby NathansonAbigail Nathanson, DSW, LCSW, APHSW-C, ACS


Abigail Nathanson is a part-time faculty at New York University Silver School of Social Work, where she teaches Grief, Loss & Bereavement, and co-editor of the forthcoming book, “The Practice of Clinical Social Work in Healthcare” from Springer Press. 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 post-graduate training in EMDR, AEDP and Meaning-Centered Psychotherapy. She 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.

Volume discounts are not applied at checkout. They will be issued as a refund.

  • 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 and 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

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.