NACSW Online Continuing Education

Navigating End-of-Life Issues with Clients: An Overview for Social Workers
Length: 1.25 CEUs
Primary Audience:
  • Social Workers, Students
  • Human Services Workers
  • Clergy
Practice Level(s):
  • Basic
  • Intermediate

Training Format: Video-based
Number of CE Hours: 1.25

Julie Griffin, MSW 
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Course Outline

End-of-life issues are a part of life we will all encounter whether prepared or not. The social work profession is in a unique position to promote positive and factual understanding while demystifying societal fears surrounding matters of life and death. Social workers who are informed about end-of-life issues empower their clients and the general public to move beyond preconceived ideas toward sustainable action that will meet long term goals helping reduce their fears of the future.


  • Direct Practice: Individuals, Couples, Families and Children
  • Human Development, Diversity, and Behavior in the Environment

Sample Content


Learning Objectives
As a result of this training, participants will be able to:

1. Assist their clients to identify and address fears and concerns about future events as they relate to end-of-life issues.

2. Assist clients to navigate multiple agencies/end-of-life industries through collaborative community referrals.


I. Moving Beyond Procrastination - Knowledge Provides Courage to Act (15 minutes)

  • Throughout the Scriptures there is an underlying theme encouraging the reader to, "Get everything in order because a time is coming..."

    II. Exploring Individual Needs and Demystifying Personal Fears (15 minutes)

  • Scriptures encourage us to "Cast all of your anxieties on him, because he cares for you" (1 Peter 5:35)

    III. Professional Collaborations and Community Referrals (30 minutes)

  • Overview the roles and responsibilities of attorneys, medical providers, insurance, Veterans Affairs, Social Security, and funeral directors as they related to end-of-life issues


    Julie Griffin is a per diem Medical Social Worker with Vitas Innovative Hospice Care in the Inland Empire. She attended Loma Linda University earning a graduate Case Management Certificate (2005), her MSW (2006), and a masters degree in Gerontology (2007). She also is employed by the California Dept of Transportation as a Transportation Engineering Technician in Traffic Operations. Julie is an active participant in Toastmasters International, NACSW, NASW, and the NCBW. Her eclectic blending of social work, social justice, and analytical skills provides an entertaining educational experience.

    CE Accreditation Information

    NACSW, provider #1078, is approved as a provider for social work continuing education by The Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB), phone: 800-225-6880, through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program valid 1/27/18 – 1/27/21. NACSW maintains sole responsibility for the program. The North American Association of Christians in Social Work (NACSW) is also recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #SW-0479. Social Workers will receive 1.25 continuing education clock hour(s) for participating in this training. It is the responsibility of participants to contact their licensing boards to verify that this training, as a distance education session, meets their jurisdictional standards for continuing education credit and/or licensure renewal.

    Requirements for Earning Continuing Education Contact Hours

    Requirements to earn continuing education contact hours for home-study courses include: a) engaging with all the required materials provided by this training; b) completing and submitting an on-line evaluation of this session; c) receiving a grade of 80% or better on the “open-book” post-workshop quiz. Session participants who meet these three requirements will receive a continuing education contact hour certificate from NACSW on-line immediately following their completion of this course.

    Registration Fee and Refunds

    The registration fee covers engaging in all the required materials provided by the on-line training as well as costs associated with maintaining the website which supports the training materials, as well as CE certificate administration. Refunds, minus a $25 administrative fee, are available upon request within 15 days of purchasing/enrolling in a training. No refunds or exchanges are available once the training quiz has been opened.

    Grievance Procedure

    Any individual who has a complaint regarding any aspect of this training should communicate in writing to the executive director of NACSW within 30 days after having completed the training. The executive director will conduct a review and respond in writing within 30 days of receiving this complaint. For more information, contact the NACSW office at or 203-270-8780.

    Request for Accommodations

    Please contact NACSW at, or 203.270.8780 if you would like to request a special accommodation.


    Because this is a home study training session, there is no direct contact and/or communication between the individual taking this training and the session speaker. Interactivity for this training consists of the interaction between a person registered for this training session and the materials and content offered in this session.

    Contact Information

    If you have questions pertaining to the content of the training (session content, outline, content level, continuing education contact hours, etc.), contact or 203.270.8780. You will receive a response within 24 hours. If you are in need of technical support, send an email to You will receive a response from the program's technical support manager within 8 hours, 7 days a week.