Physician Assisted Death: Impact on Social Work Practice
Liz Blackler, LCSW-R, MBE and Carolyn Fulton, LCSW
Tuesday, September 15, 2015
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Noon - 1:30 p.m. CDT
About the Webinar
Mainstream news and social media coverage of the human interest aspects of physician assisted death have launched considerable debate in both the public sphere and the medical community. This course will define and explore the nuances of physician assisted death, look at state-by-state rulings and identify the differences between court mandates and state law mandates.
The course facilitators will lead an open discussion/dialogue designed to help clinical social workers identify and unpack personal feelings, beliefs and preferences associated with physician assisted death. Tools for working with patients, families and staff will be identified.
At the end of the presentation, the participant will be able to:
- Define and discuss the nuances of physician assisted death including the differences between mandates by state law and court ruling.
- Describe the impact new PAD rulings has on personal beliefs and preferences and how it impacts therapeutic relationships and social work practice.
- List tools and strategies to help social workers support patients in their discussions of personal anxieties surrounding physical suffering at the end of life and understand the complexities of these feelings, even if living in a state where physician assisted death is illegal.
About the Presenters
Continuing Education Credits
Level - Intermediate - Ethics
Participants will earn 1.5 CE credits upon successful completion of a quiz and a post-webinar evaluation.