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This course is based on a text that presents an array of critical issues for the mental health professional concerning end-of-life care. Various topics are addressed by veteran voices in the field, and the extended perspectives render an informed amalgamation of useful points for practitioners. For instance, readers' knowledge base will be enriched by situational illustrations, helpful practical tips, and detailed discussions found in the selected text. Given the inherent challenging nature of the topic, the content of this course is designed to assist mental health professionals to better navigate the complex issues of end-of-life care. Course Code: GC 678. Contact hours of education = 50.  

Pre-requisite to course enrollment: You must be currently certified as a Grief Counselor by the American Academy of Grief Counseling to enroll into this course. This course is a required course in the curriculum for the Grief Support Practitioner Certification Program. In addition, you must have successfully completed the course: GC 675: Research and Clinical Practice in Grief Counseling.

Instructor/Course Author:

Paul J. Moon, Ph.D., M.Ed., B.A., GC-C
Certified Grief Counselor

Resume: access here

Email: pjessiemoon@gmail.com

BOARD APPROVALS: The American Institute of Health Care Professionals (The Provider) is approved by the California Board of Registered Nurses, Provider number # CEP 15595 for 50 Contact Hours. Access information

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TIME FRAME: You are allotted three years from the date of enrollment, to complete this continuing education course. There are no set time-frames, other than the three year allotted time. If you do not complete the courses within the three year time-frame, you will be removed from the course and an "incomplete" will be recorded for you in our records. Also, if you would like to complete the courses after this three-year expiration time, you would need to register and pay the course tuition fee again.

TEXTBOOKS: There is one required textbook for this course:

Qualls, S. H., & Kasl-Godley, J. E. (Eds.). (2011). End-of-life issues: What clinicians need to know. Hoboken, New Jersey: John Wiley & Sons, Inc. ISBN: 978-0-470-40693-9

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GRADING: You must achieve a passing score of at least 70% to complete this course and receive the 50 hours of awarded continuing education credit. There are no letter grades assigned. You will receive notice of your total % score. Those who score below the minimum of 70% will be contacted by the and options for completing additional course work to achieve a passing score, will be presented.

Online Classroom Resouces and Tools

* Examination Access: there is link to take you right to the online examination program where you can print out your examination and work with it. All examinations are formatted as "open book" tests. When you are ready, you can access the exam program at anytime and click in your responses to the questions. Full information is provided in the online classrooms.

* Student Resource Center: there is a link for access to a web page "Student Resource Center." The Resource Center provides for easy access to all of our policies/procedures and additional information regarding applying for certification. We also have many links to many outside reference sites, such as online libraries that you may freely access.

* Online Evaluation: there is a link in the classroom where you may access the course evaluation. All students completing a course, must, without exception, complete the course evaluation.

* Faculty Access Information: you will have access to your instructor's online resume/biography, as well as your instructor's specific contact information.

* Additional Learning Materials: some faculty have prepared additional "readings" and /or brief lecture notes to enhance your experience. All of these are available in the online classrooms.

COURSE OBJECTIVES: Upon completion of this course, you will be able to:

  1. Define the role of mental health professionals in end-of-life care
  2. Identify clinical and administrative issues of end-of-life care
  3. Discuss cultural contextual factors related to end-of-life issues
  4. Comprehend issues of working with family caregivers
  5. Identify dynamics of health-care teams
  6. Examine policy issues related to end-of-life
  7. Understand ethics related to end-of-life
  8. Discuss self-care for professionals
  9. Identify existential issues related to end-of-life care for professionals


Abstract of Content:

  1. Issues of end-of-life care for mental health professionals
  2. Cultural context of end-of-life issues
  3. Working with family caregivers
  4. Issues of serious mental illness at end-of-life
  5. Advance care planning
  6. Topics and issues in pain management
  7. Grief and bereavement care
  8. Dynamics of health-care teams
  9. End-of-life care in long-term care venues
  10. Policy issues related to end-of-life
  11. Issues related to physician-assisted suicide in the U.S.
  12. Ethics and end-of-life
  13. Professional self-care
  14. Existential issues related to end-of-life care for professionals


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