Dying, Death, and Bereavement in Social Work Practice: Decision Cases for Advanced Practice

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Columbia University Press, Jun 19, 2012 - Social Science - 280 pages
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Practitioners who work with clients at the end of their lives face difficult decisions concerning the client's self-determination, the kind of death he or she will have, and the prolongation of life. They must also remain sensitive to the beliefs and needs of family members and the legal, ethical, and spiritual ramifications of the client's death. Featuring twenty-three decision cases based on interviews with professional social workers, this unique volume allows students to wrestle with the often incomplete and conflicting information, ethical issues, and time constraints of actual cases. Instead of offering easy solutions, this book provides detailed accounts that provoke stimulating debates among students, enabling them to confront their own responses, beliefs, and uncertainties to hone their critical thinking and decision making skills for professional practice.

*Please note: Teaching Notes for this volume will be available from Electronic Hallway in Spring 2010.

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After your instructor status has been confirmed, you will receive an email granting access to the Electronic Hallway. Once logged on to Electronic Hallway as a member, click Case Search in the Cases and Resources category on themain web page. Enter "death, dying, bereavement"(without the quotation marks) in the search box, select "all ofthe words" in the drop down menu, and click Submit. The search process will generate a list of Teaching Notes for cases from Dying, Death, and Bereavement in Social Work Practice: Decision Cases for Advanced Practice.


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Introduction to the Cases
Case Summaries
1 The Request
2 ResponseAbilities
3 Family Matters
4 Drug Interactions
5 Whose Will When?
6 Unusual Appeal
12 What Can I Tell? A
13 Grief at Work
14 Dying on Time
15 Just Thinking About It
16 A Painful Predicament
17 Til Death Do Us Part?
18 I Want to Talk to Your Supervisor
19 Drowning Sorrows A

7 The Last Dose
8 No Place for Grief A
9 Right Before Their Eyes
10 Private Charity A
11 Suicidal Coed
20 Seizing Hope A
21 Gifts A
22 Pattys Girls
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About the author (2012)

Terry A. Wolfer is an associate professor of social work at the University of South Carolina and serves on the editorial board of Social Work in End-of-Life and Palliative Care. His research interests include social work education and religion and spirituality in social work practice.

Vicki M. Runnion is a social worker at Hospice of Louisville, Kentucky. Employed in end-of-life care since 1980, she also staffs the ethics committee for the Hospice of Louisville and coordinates orientation for new social workers and chaplains. She was previously an adjunct instructor in social work at the University of South Carolina, Columbia College, and the University of Louisville.

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