Programs in Thanatology, Death, Bereavement, Palliative Care

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Programs in Thanatology, Death, Bereavement, Palliative Care

Postby Jonathan Whatley » Tue Aug 18, 2009 10:29 pm

Countless institutions now offer courses, and many offer programs on campus or by distance where they can be studied in the context of related subjects like psychology, counseling, social work, family studies, nursing, human services, gerontology, health studies, sociology, interdisciplinary studies, humanities, etc., etc.

But what fine colleges and universities have organized degree, diploma or certificate programs devoted to such subjects? They're hard to come by, but here are a few, offering programs variously by distance, on the ground, or combined:

Algonquin College
In Ottawa, Ontario: Ontario College Graduate Certificate in Working with the Terminally Ill

Brooklyn College (City University of New York)
In Brooklyn, New York: M.A. in Community Health Education and Thanatology [combined]

Excelsior College
By distance: End of Life Care Certificate [undergraduate]

Hood College
In Frederick, Maryland, with summer intensive scheduling for some, possibly all? of the requirements; inquire with the school to find out more: Certificate in Thanatology; M.A. in Thanatology

King's University College (University of Western Ontario)
In London, Ontario: Certificate in Death and Bereavement Studies
King's and Western also offer a minor in Thanatology (2009 academic calendar entry) to students earning a Western degree.

Madonna University
By distance: Certificate in Bereavement [post-master's]
"This certificate is recommended for students who wish to supplement an existing counseling, psychology or social work (or related) degree with clinical knowledge and expertise in their work with grieving persons and families. It is also available as a cognate for student pursuing the Master's Degree in Hospice and Palliative Studies. Some Bachelor's level students may take the three courses for content only, but it will not be listed as a Post-Master's Certificate on one's transcript."
In Livonia, Michigan: Advanced Practice Palliative Care Post-MSN Certificate; Adult Acute & Palliative Care Nurse Practitioner MSN [dual track model]

Naropa University
By distance with intensive sessions in Fort Collins, Colorado: Certificate in Contemplative End of Life Care
"The training includes two residential sessions, with a total of fourteen days, and weekly online lectures between the residential portions."

Southwestern College [New Mexico]
In Santa Fe, New Mexico: M.A. in Counseling with a concentration in Grief, Loss and Trauma; Certificate Program in Grief, Loss and Trauma

University of Wales Lampeter
By distance or in Lampeter, Wales: M.A. or Postgraduate Diploma in Death Studies

Also, Edinboro University of Pennsylvania announced in 2006 a Graduate Certificate in Palliative & End of Life Care by distance. As of this writing now is still listed on the page of the sponsoring Nursing department, but the link for "more information" is dead and it's no longer listed on Edinboro's main list of online programs available.
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Re: Programs in Thanatology, Death, Bereavement, Palliative Care

Postby Hungry Ghost » Fri Aug 21, 2009 5:14 pm

Thanks for researching these Jonathan. I didn't know that there were so many.

Dying is something that nobody really wants to think about but everybody ultimately does. It really deserves a lot more attention than it receives. We should compassionately help each other do this as painlessly and peacefully as possible.

I've long been attracted to San Francisco's Zen Hospice Project. 2,952 people have died in their care as of 2007.

http://www.zenhospice.org/

They have a training program for their own volunteer caregivers and they offer programs for the broader public who face these issues with aging parents or whatever. No degrees though. Their approach is that most people have it within themselves to be there, to care and to listen. It isn't something that we can easily hand off to professionals.

It's kind of a scary idea though. Death is as real, fundamental and basic as things can possibly get.
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Re: Programs in Thanatology, Death, Bereavement, Palliative Care

Postby Jonathan Whatley » Fri Aug 21, 2009 6:10 pm

Some professional resources, including information on education and certification for physicians, nurses, nursing assistants and administrators, on continuing education, further resources, and links in turn to countless other valuable sites:

Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association
The association offers a list of master's degree and post-master's programs in hospice and palliative nursing, currently including 15 schools.

National Board for Certification of Hospice and Palliative Nurses
The board offers certification not only for nurses, at the Advanced Practice, Registered Nurse, and Licensed Practical/Vocational Nurse levels, but also for Nursing Assistants and for hospice and palliative care administrators.

American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine
Includes information about ABMS and AOABS physician board certification in Hospice and Palliative Medicine. They also offer a consumer- and general-public-focused site, PalliativeDoctors.

The National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization

Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Association
They also offer a consumer- and general-public-focused site, Living Lessons.

Canadian Society of Palliative Care Physicians
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Re: Programs in Thanatology, Death, Bereavement, Palliative Care

Postby nosborne48 » Fri Aug 21, 2009 7:19 pm

Would that be an (ahem) terminal degree? :roll:
Una cosa mala nunca muere.
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Re: Programs in Thanatology, Death, Bereavement, Palliative Care

Postby Jonathan Whatley » Thu Oct 13, 2011 6:34 pm

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Re: Programs in Thanatology, Death, Bereavement, Palliative

Postby Jonathan Whatley » Fri Mar 22, 2013 5:20 pm

National University
By distance: Graduate Certificate in Bereavement Studies

ADEC, The Thanatology Association
Certifications: Certification in Thanatology (CT), Fellow in Thanatology (FT)
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Re: Programs in Thanatology, Death, Bereavement, Palliative

Postby Jonathan Whatley » Sat Apr 06, 2013 2:45 am

University of Colorado Denver Anschutz Medical Campus, College of Nursing
By distance: Palliative Care Certificate
The certificate is based on two 3 sh graduate courses for nurses. Intended for nurses with at least a bachelor's degree, and its goals include to provide theory review for the HPNA Palliative Care Nursing Credentialing Examination.
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Re: Programs in Thanatology, Death, Bereavement, Palliative

Postby Jonathan Whatley » Sun Jan 19, 2014 7:02 pm

Marian University [Wisconsin]
By distance: M.S. in Thanatology
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Re: Programs in Thanatology, Death, Bereavement, Palliative

Postby Jimmy » Mon Jan 20, 2014 12:43 am

Nice list of options, thanks!
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