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Hospice & Palliative Care


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Speaker: Christine Kucinskis, LCSW, CSW-G, ACHP-SW
Social Work Manager
MJHS Hospice and Palliative Care

Purpose: The purpose of this webinar is to assist social workers to acquire the knowledge and skills to identify and address cultural diversity in hospice and palliative care and incorporate best practices in assessment and intervention.


  1. Review the theory on the role of culture in end-of-life care 
  2. Identify best practices in culturally competent assessment
  3. Illustrate best practices through a case narrative
  4. Practice death awareness activities
  5. Identify best practices in culturally competent intervention

Why Do I Need to Know This?
According to the hospice conditions of participation, the core disciplines in the Interdisciplinary team include the physician, the nurse, the social worker, and the chaplain. Teamwork leads to improved patient care outcomes, improved coordination of care, and less duplication in services. In addition, teamwork leads to increased educational opportunities and improved mental well-being for health professionals. At the same time, teamwork can be challenging and team conflict is common. 

Target Audience:  Social workers and healthcare coaches

Criteria for Successful Completion:

  1. Attendance at entire session
  2. Submission of completed evaluation form
  3. Successful completion of a posttest (80% passing grade)

Continuing Education Credits: 1.0

Release Date: June 4, 2018

Expiration Date: January 31, 2025 

Continuing Education Accreditation:

Social Workers: MJHS Institute for Innovation in Palliative Care is 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-0242.


Individual:  $25 (includes CE certificate)

Christine Kucinskis, LCSW, CSW-G, ACHP-SW, has no financial arrangements or affiliations with any commercial entities whose products, research or services may be discussed in these materials. Any discussion of investigational or unlabeled uses of a product will be identified.

Russell K. Portenoy, MD, Faculty and Planner, has indicated a relationship with Tabula Rasa for research support.

No other Planning Committee Member has any disclosures.

Planning Committee Members
Lara Dhingra, PhD
Colleen Fleming-Damon, PhD, ANP-BC, ACHPN, FT
Myra Glajchen, DSW
Helena Knotkova, PhD
Russell K. Portenoy, MD
Karen Richards, PhD, EdS
Wini Schein, BA

Funding Disclosure: No commercial funding has been accepted for the activity.

Location: Online at

The MJHS Institute for Innovation in Palliative Care is pleased to offer our free interdisciplinary webinar series, live and on demand, delivered by frontline experts, typically offering 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ for Continuing Medical Education (CME), Nursing continuing education (CE), Social Work CE credits, and Music Therapy CE edits.

Our free interactive multimedia modules on Community-Based Palliative Care Program Development  and Caring for Holocaust Survivors With Sensitivity at End of Life  offer up to 9.75 CE credits.

Free pdf downloads now available: 15 palliative care professional factsheets and patient education handouts on 18 topics in English, Spanish, Haitian Creole, Arabic, French, and Russian.

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