Course: Drawing Lines in the Sand: Professional Issues at End of Life
Dates: Oct. 14 – Nov. 8, 2013
Instructor: Diane Moran
Working with the dying and the bereaved is very compelling and uniquely challenging for professionals involved. Since issues around death and grief are always, on some level, personal, as professional caregivers we are challenged to grapple with a variety of issues including professional boundaries, personal feelings towards patients and their families, caring for the dying and the bereaved when death touches our own lives, and the management of compassion fatigue and burnout. This course will provide you the opportunity to explore these little talked about professional issues, through a look at current literature, case studies and online discussions.
To earn continuing education credits, you are expected to complete assigned readings, case studies, join in weekly discussions, take a final post-test for National Association of Social Workers (NASW) Continuing Education Units CEU and contribute to a collaborative course resource list. The course resource list is a spot within the course where favorite online, print and video resources can be shared with course colleagues for future use.
At the end of the program you will be able to:
- Define the concept and function of professional boundaries
- Discuss the clinical and ethical implications of boundary violations
- Describe the difference between burnout and compassion fatigue
- Explain the role of counter transference in burnout, compassion fatigue and the maintenance of boundaries
- Discuss the interplay between coping with personal loss and professional attention to the loss experienced by clients
- List strategies for self care when working professionally with loss and grief
About Your Instructor
Diane Moran is the Director of the National Center for Death Education at Mount Ida College. She also serves as an adjunct faculty member of the College in the Funeral Services Department and is the Clinical Support and Co-coordinator of the Cambridge Fire Department Peer Support CISM Team. Moran has two bachelor degrees; one in political science from St. Anselm College and the other in Bereavement Studies from Mount Ida College. She also has a MSW with a concentration in end of life work from Salem State University.
Ms. Moran was inspired to begin her work as a hospice volunteer in 1992 after being widowed in 1988 and realizing “we just don’t speak to grieving people the way we ought to.” She went onto work in the hospice community as the bereavement/volunteer coordinator for close to 20 years. In 1997, she broadened her field to include bereavement trauma and began doing crisis interventions. Diane has responded to both national and local critical incidents with the Cambridge Fire Department CISM Team. She also has presented nationally upon request, with topics including children and loss as well as critical incident stress management.