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Choice in Dying: Current Legal, Policy and Ethical Issues

January 18, 2020

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Jan. 18, 2020
9 a.m. - 1 p.m.


Fordham University Graduate School of Social Service
Lincoln Center Campus
113 West 60th Street, Room 713
New York, NY 10023

Many patients, particularly at the end of life, do not receive quality care, especially adequate pain control. Palliative care is often not provided and hospice care, if provided, is usually given only in the last weeks or days of life. Additionally, the health care wishes of patients are often not honored and many patients receive treatment that they do not want. Patients who experience terrible suffering may not know of options that could reduce their suffering and allow them to die with dignity, in accordance with their values and wishes. Social workers can play an important role as catalysts for better quality care for patients at the end of life to ensure that their health care wishes are respected. The goals of this class are to inform social workers about the laws, policies, practices, and ethical issues related to end-of-life choices for their patients.

Fordham gss david levenDavid C. Leven

David C. Leven has been the Executive Director of End of Life Choices New York (EOLCNY) (formerly Compassion & Choices of New York) since 2002. The organization seeks to ensure that patients have their health care wishes honored at the end of life and that they receive quality care, while not receiving unwanted care. An advocate for patients and an expert on advance care planning, patient rights, palliative care and end-of-life issues, Mr. Leven has played a leadership role in having legislation introduced and enacted in New York to improve pain, palliative and end-of-life care. He initiated the Palliative Care Education and Training Act, the Palliative Care Information Act and several laws pertaining to health care proxies. Mr. Leven lectures frequently to diverse professional groups, students and citizens and has been a regular guest lecturer at College of New Rochelle School of Nursing and Fordham Graduate School of Social Service. As an advocate for aid in dying Mr. Leven has lectured on it at every New York area law school, and debated on aid in dying at Brooklyn, Columbia, CUNY, St. John’s, Rutgers and Yale Law Schools and at the Sheen Center for Thought and Culture. A graduate of the University of Rochester and Syracuse University College of Law, Mr. Leven is a recipient of numerous awards. These include, among others, the Public Interest Law Award of the New York State Bar Association, Committee on Public Interest Law and the Westchester Civil Liberties Union, Civil Liberties Award. In 1999 he was the Distinguished Public Interest Lawyer in Residence at Touro Law School.

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
  • 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.

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.