Indiana University Northwest

SWK S696 Social Work Practice with Death, Dying, Grief, Loss, and Bereavement


S69G Course Syllabus

Indiana  University Northwest

(Division of Social Work)



Course Title: Social Work Practice with Death, Dying, Grief, Loss, and Bereavement Semester: Summer II

 Instructor Name: Jennifer June Anderson


Phone:  219-981-4201

See the **Course Guide/Schedule**for

session  themes, readings, resources, and all assignment due dates.

Instructor Bio

Jennifer  Anderson has been The Director of Field Education and a Clinical Assistant Clinicalat Indiana University Northwest's Division of Social Work since 2007. She received her BA in Psychology from St. Joseph's College and her MSW from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale.  She holds her (MAC) Master Addictions Counselor certification through NAADAC, NationalAssociation  for Alcoholand Drug Addiction  Counselors.                  Prior to her current position, she served as an Adjunct  Professor and Field Instructor  for The Division of SocialWork. Jennifer has 16 years of social work experience in Northwest Indiana. She has worked in a variety  of settings such as, inpatient medical units, hospice, home health, nuero·rehabilitative programs, secured residential treatment centers, community  mental health programs, crisis centers, and homeless shelters.                                                                    Presently, she maintains a small clinicalprivate practice.

In addition, Jennifer  serves on the EditorialBoard for the Journalof  SocialService Research. She is a member of the NationalAssociation of SocialWork (NASW) and Indiana Association for Addiction Professionals (IAAP).

In 2010, Jennifer  Anderson was presented with  the Social Worker of the Year Award for Region 1 (Northwest

Indiana) from  the NationalAssociation of Social Workers.

She serves on a variety  of community initiatives and regional projects. One of the most current projects being the development of an interprofessional educational service learning project with  Camp New Happenings

Course Rationale and Description

A.   This is an elective, issue-oriented,  social work course on the policy and practice issues in loss, grief, death, and dying across the life span for diverse

populations. The major educational goal is to evaluate and understand the many

problems and key resources relevant  to social work practice with persons encountering grief, loss, death and bereavement  in the context of health care settings. Students will attain knowledge, values and skills to meet the demands for entry level practice with clients (and their families) encountering chronic or terminal illness.

B.   The first five units of this course evaluate the biomedical, cultural, philosophical, psychological and social variables that impact the individual, his/her family and the various systems of care for those who are confronting loss, grief, death and bereavement in response to chronic or terminal illness. The sixth and last course unit applies social work practice strategies, i.e., specific interventions and systems of care for diverse populations. The course teaching methods include class exercises, videotape presentations, assigned readings, reaction papers, lectures, guest speaker presentations, class and small group discussions of the assigned readings and handout materials.

 Course Goals and Objectives


1. To examine the major biomedical factor death and dying.

Objective will bemetbv:

Related EPAS Comnetencv

s involved in

Assigned Readings POST& RESPONSES Tests Assignments

2.1.3, 2.1.6

2. To evaluate the key cultural forces which shape common responses  to death, and dying, grief, loss, and bereavement.

Assigned Readings POST& RESPONSES Tests Assignments

2.1.3, 2.1.4, 2.1.6,


3. To analyze the predominant legal, ethical and moral

philosophical issues surrounding loss, grief, death, and dying.

Assigned Readings POST& RESPONSES Tests Assignments

2.1.2,2.1.3, 2.1.4,

2.1.5, 2.1.6

4. To assess the major social factors which influence individual, familial and societal response to loss, grief, death, and dying.

Assigned Readings POST& RESPONSES Tests Assignments

2.1.4, 2.1.5, 2.1.8,


5. To appraise the primary  psychosocial dynamics and variables which underlie individual and familial responses to loss, grief, death, and dying.

Assigned Readings POST& RESPONSES Tests Assignments

2.1.2, 2.1.3, 2.1.6

6. To explain the dynamics of death, dying, loss, grief, and bereavement as a multifaceted process which impacts clients with chronic or terminal illness and

Assigned Readings POST&

2.1.3, 2.1.8, 2.1.10

their families.

RESPONSES Tests Assignments

7. To identify and critically assess current  trends in social work practice for health care delivery to diverse populations with chronic and/or terminal illness.

Assigned Readings POST& RESPONSES Tests Assignments

2.1.3, 2.1.4, 2.1.6,

2.1.8, 2.1.9, 2.1.10

 Required Text

Course Materials

1.  Corr, C.A., Nabe, C.M. and Corr, D.M. Death and Dying, Life and Living.Seventh

Edition. Belmont, CA: Wadsworth/Thomson Learning, 2012. (Paper)

2.  NASW Standards for Palliative Care & End of Life Care.Washington, DC: NASW

Press. Please purchase the brochure from NASW Press. It is modestly priced. STRONGLY ENCOURAGED TEXT:

Pomeroy, Elizabeth, and Garcia, Renee Bradford (2009). The Grief

Assessment and Intervention Workbook. Belmont, CA: Cengage Learning

Recommended Texts

1.  I<uhl, David, M.D. What Dying People Want: Practical Wisdom  for the End o(Life.

New York, NY: Public Affairs, 2002. (Paper)

 2.  Worden, William  J. Grief Counseling and Grief Therapy: A Guide for the Mental

Health Practitioner. Fourth Edition. New York, N.Y.: Springer Publishing Co., 2009 (Hardcover)

3.    Sofka, C., Noppe-Cupit, I., & Gilbert, I<. (2012). Dying, Death, and Griefin an

Online Universe. New York:Springer Publishing.

 Grading Information

Grades will be determined as shown in the following assignment  chart.  Detailed descriptions of assignments are available below and from the assignment  link from the far left red column. Due dates are detailed in the Course Schedule. Gradebook will be used as a function within this course. Please review the gradebook  to monitor your grades and check the feedback on your


Class Policies  Regarding Graded  Work

**The  following policies  are in effect for all individual deliverables  throughout the semester, unless noted otherwise. **

 ***Late Work***

Given the demands of the summer semester and the rigor involved in taking this course online, late work will be accepted and graded as such. However, this course defines attendance as participation. Your scores for attendance can be impacted negatively by late submissions.

***Original Work***

This course demands that all of the student  work is original work. This course emphasizes professional  written work and reflections. ALL writing should use the APA 6th edition.

Expectations for Writing

Effective practice of generalist social work requires excellent writing skills to communicate information  accurately and concisely to others involved in helping client systems. For this reason, formal writing assignments in social work courses will be evaluated  both for the content and ideas presented as well as for the clarity of that presentation. All formal papers will be typed, double-spaced  and paginated. In order to support professional expectations of utilizing evidence to inform practice at all levels, APA style is to be used to cite academic sources, including in-text references and bibliography. The formal APA manual and other guides to writing in APA style are available in the bookstore and are an expected part of the textbooks for the MSW/BSW programs.

Students experiencing writing difficulties are advised to seek assistance at the University Writing Center in Room 427 of Cavanaugh Hall. Please call274-2049 to schedule an appointment or drop by to pick up some available written  handouts.


Grades of Incomplete

A grade of Incomplete (I) may be assigned by an instructor only when exceptional circumstances such as an illness, injury, or a family emergency prevents a student from finishing all the work required  for the course. The grade of Incomplete may be considered only when a substantial  portion of the course work has already been completed, the coursework is of satisfactory quality, and no more than one major exam or assignment  is outstanding. The student who does not meet these requirements should meet with her/his advisor  to withdraw from the course(s)  in question. The student should refer to the Registrar's  Office on her /his  respective campus regarding the policies and deadline for automatic withdrawal  for the semester in question.

The student is responsible for initiating the request for a grade of Incomplete. If the instructor agrees, the instructor and student complete and sign a Record of Incomplete and Contract for Completion of Course Requirements form to ensure that a sound educational  plan and time frame for completion of course requirements have been established.  Failure to fulfill the time. However, in cases of severe crisis, a student  may work with her/his advisor to request grades of Incomplete in multiple courses.

terms of this contract within the stipulated  time frame may result in a failing grade. For removal of a grade of Incomplete, the student  is subject to the IUSSW policy, which has precedence over the University policy. The student  in the School of Social Work is expected to complete outstanding course work expeditiously, since many courses serve as prerequisites for others. Generally, students may carry no more than one grade of Incomplete at any given time. However, in cases of severe crisis, a student  may work with her/his advisor to request grades of Incomplete in multiple courses.

 NOTE: The instructor will keep students  apprised of assignment grades via the online class Grade

book. Students  are responsible for contacting the instructor if  they do not receive any grade by

10 days after the assignment submission date.

Course Requirements

Effective social work practice requires good writing skills to communicate information accurately and concisely to others involved in helping client systems. For this reason, writing assignments in social work courses will be evaluated  by adherence  to APA style as well as presentation, readability, and organization. The grade for a paper will be based on the following


 1. Presentation and Appearance

 2. Neatness

 3. Correct grammar  (noun-verb agreement, sentence structure, proper and consistent verb tense)

 4. Spelling

 5. Punctuation


1.  Structure and format of the paper

2.   Logical sequencing

3.   Continuity of ideas

4.   Clarity of expression

5.   Conciseness

Content scores are indicated by a specific assignment  rubric-if needed. This will be where the

bulk of your points are achieved. Please take the time to read the instructions per assignment carefully. Students experiencing writing difficulties are advised to seek assistance at the University Writing Center. Please call 980-6500  to schedule an appointment or drop by to pick up some available handouts.

**All due dates are noted in the Course Guide/Schedule.**

For this course, attendance is viewed as participation in the POSTS & RESPONSES that are required of

you as core course assignments. LATE entries will result in the loss of points for attendance and points will be taken for

POSTS & RESPONSES (45% of course grade) Tests (25% of course grade)

Assignments (25% of course grade) Attendance  (5% of course grade)

The Course Evaluation        5/712013

Many students disregard course evaluations as an optional  part of tal{ing a course. At IUN, and especially for online classes, completing the course evaluations is not optional.  Your input, suggestions, opinions matter and are taken seriously. We cannot continue to promote online course  offerings if students do not complete their course evaluations because departments are held accountable for having adequate response rates and instructors are also affected by low response rates. Please do your part in understanding that it is part of your duty as a student to complete every course  evaluation, regardless of how you personally feel about the course  or the instructor. They are that important.

 IU Academic  Policies

This course is governed by IU academic policies in the following areas:

• Grading Guidelines

o  Writing Standards

• Academic Integrity and Plagiarism

• Course Evaluations

• Students With Disabilities

University and School Policies Students should be familiar with the Indiana University Code of Student Rights, Responsibilities, and Conduct ( code/ ), from which many of the policies below are derived. In addition, students should refer to the MSW General Student Handbook and their respective campus supplements for more detailed information about these policies and additional resources available to them.


Cheating is grounds for failing the course and possible dismissal from the program and/or university.

Cheating is considered to be any attempt to use or provide unauthorized assistance, materials, information, or study aids in any form and in any academic exercise or environment. A

student must not use external assistance on any "in-class" or "take-home" examination, unless

the instructor specifically has authorized external assistance. This prohibition includes, but is not limited to, the use of tutors, books, notes, calculators, computers, and wireless communication devices.

A student must not use another person as a substitute in the taking of an examination or quiz, nor allow other persons to conduct research or to prepare work, without advance authorization from the instructor to whom the work is being submitted.

A student must not use materials from a commercial term paper company; files of papers prepared by other persons, or submit documents found on the Internet. A student must not collaborate with other persons on a particular project and submit a copy of a written report that is represented explicitly or implicitly as the student's individual work

A student must not use any unauthorized assistance in a laboratory, at a computer terminal, or on fieldwork


Plagiarism is a form of cheating and is grounds for failing the course and possible dismissal from the program and for university. Plagiarism is defined as presenting someone else's work, including the work of other students, as one's own. Any ideas or materials taken from another source for either written  or oral use must be fully acknowledged, unless the information  is common knowledge. What is considered "common knowledge" may differ from course to course.

A student must not adopt or reproduce ideas, opinions, theories, formulas, graphics, or pictures of another person without acknowledgment. A student  must give credit to the originality of others and acknowledge indebtedness whenever:

1.  Directly quoting another  person's actual words, whether oral or written;

2.  Using another  person's ideas, opinions, or theories;

3.  Paraphrasing the words, ideas, opinions, or theories of others, whether  oral or written;

4.  Borrowing facts, statistics, or illustrative material; or

5.  Offering materials assembled or collected by others in the form of projects or collections without acknowledgment.

Class Participation and Observance of Religious Holidays

Any student who is unable to attend classes or participate  in any examination, study, or work requirement on some particular day or days because of his or her religious beliefs must be given the opportunity to make up the work that was missed or to do alternative work that is intrinsically  no more difficult than the original exam or assignment. Upon request and timely notice, students shall be provided a reasonable accommodation. It is recommended that dates and times for examinations and other major course obligations be announced at the beginning of the semester or summer session and that students let instructors know of conflicts very early in the semester, so that accommodations can be made.

Students seeking accommodation  for religious observances  must make a request in writing by the end of the 2nd week of the semester, or equivalent for non-semester length courses,to the course instructor and must use the Request for Course Accommodation Due to Religious Observance. In the case of religious holidays for which the date may change, the student

should state the approximate  date and when the exact date is known, inform the instructor of the exact date.The University will not levy fees or charges of any kind when allowing the student to make up missed work  In addition, no adverse or prejudicial effects should result to students because they have made use of these provisions.

Military Withdrawal

Indiana University realizes students  who are members of the U.S. armed forces may be called to active duty, specialized training, or as part of disaster  relief efforts with little notice. While the following policy does NOT pertain to initial active duty training (i.e. basic training), this policy is provided  in order to minimize disruptions or inconveniences for students  fulfilling their unanticipated U.S. military responsibilities in the midst of an academic term/session. For the complete policy information, go to

Professional Conduct Policy

Students in a professional program are expected to conduct themselves as professionals in relation to the class and assignments. Full participation is encouraged as long as it is appropriate to the course content. Respect for the opinions of others is expected. Frequent lateness or professionally unbecoming class

conduct are likely to result  in a lowered  grade  or deem a student unsuitable for field placement. Students are evaluated on their  personal  and professional behavior or conduct in this class as described in the Code of Ethics. With the exception oflegally prescribed medications, any use of consciousness altering substances before, during, or between class sessions obviously impairs learning and is unacceptable.

Electronic Devices in the  Classroom

Computers may be used to support the learning activities in the classroom. These include such activities as taking notes and accessing course  readings under discussion. However, non-academic use of laptops and other  devices are distracting and seriously disrupt the learning process for everyone. Neither computers nor other electronic devices are to be used in the classroom for non-academic reasons. These include emailing, texting, social networking, and use of the Internet. The use of cell phones during class time is prohibited and these should  be set on silent  before class begins.  In the case of an emergency, please step  out of the room  to take the

call.  Failure to meet these expectations may result  in a loss of participation points or

a request from the instructor to leave class. Inclement Weather or Other University Emergency

Please watch  the university website for important information about closings or class cancellations. The instructor will post an announcement on Oncourse or send  an email to all class members if she/he is cancelling class.

Grading in the MSW Pt·ogram


In the Indiana University School of Social Work MSW program, grades of Bare the expected norm. Reflecting competency and proficiency, grades of B reflect good or high quality work typical of graduate students in professional schools. Indeed, professors are expected to evaluate students' work in such a way that B is the average grade. Grades in both the A and the C range are relatively uncommon. They reflect work that is either significantly superior or significantly inferior, respectively. Because of this approach to grading, students who routinely earned A grades in their undergraduate studies may conclude that a B grade reflects a decrease in their academic performance. Such is not the case. Grades of B in the IU MSW program reflect the average, highly competent, proficient quality of our students. In a sense, a B grade in graduate school is analogous to an A grade in many undergraduate studies.

MSW students must work extremely hard to achieve a B grade. If you are fortunate enough receive a B,

prize it as evidence of the professional quality of your work.

Grades of A reflect Excellence. Excellence in scholarly products and academic or professional performances are substantially superior to the "good," "the high quality," "the competent," or the "satisfactory." They are unusual, exceptional, and extraordinary. Criteria for assignments are not only met, they are exceeded by a significant margin. Excellence is a rare phenomenon. As a result, relatively few MSW students earn A grades-typically less than 25% or 30% of the class.

Grades of B signify good or high quality scholarly products and academic or professional

performance. Grades in the B range reflect work expected of a conscientious graduate student in a

professional program. Criteria for assignments are met in a competent, thoughtful, and professional manner. However, the criteria are not exceeded and the quality is not substantially superior to other good quality products or performances. There is a clear distinction between the good and the excellent. We expect that most MSW students will earn grades in the B range-reflecting the good or ltiglt

quality work expected of competent future helping professionals.

Grades of C and C+ signify work that is marginal in nature. The scholarly products or professional performances meet many but not all of the expected criteria. The work approaches but does not quite meet the standards of quality expected of a graduate student in a professional school. Satisfactory  in many respects, its quality is not consistently so and cannot be considered of good or  fligfl quality. We anticipate that a minority of MSW students will earn C and C+ grades.

Grades of C- and lower reflect work that is unsatisfactory. The products or performances do not meet several, many, or most of the criteria. The work fails to approach the standards of quality expected of a graduate student and a future MSW-level professional. We anticipate that a small percentage ofMSW students will earn unsatisfactory grades of C-, D, and F.

Grade minimums are as follows [Note: grades below Care Unsati fhctory in the MSW Program]: A        93%            Excellent, Exceptional Quality

A-       90%     Superior Quality

B+       87%    Ve1y Good,  Slightly  Higher Quality

B         83%    Good, High Quality (expected of most MSW students)

B-       80%     Satisfact01y Quality

C+       77%   Marginal, Modestly Acceptable Quality C     73%    Marginal, Minimally Acceptable Quality C-  70%      Unsatisfactory Quality

D+      67%    Unsatisfactory Quality

D        63%     Unsatisfact01y Quality D-       60%    Unsatisfactory Quality F         <60%  Unsatisfact01y Quality

 Please Note: Your grade is a result of points earned from points possible.

Additional Information

Additional Course Policies

·Since  the course is designed for learning  by participating, experiencing and practicing, your  attendance  and interaction in all learning  activities  is important to your learning. Interaction includes participating in course activities and discussions.

· Because much of the material  we will cover not only has an academic component, but an emotional one as well, there may be emotions, differences  of opinion  and

even some debate during  this course. Students  are expected to handle themselves in a professional and courteous  manner, demonstrating respect for their  peers

even when there are differences  of opinion.

• A formal evaluation  of the course and its instructor will be completed  at the end of the course, consistent  with the School's academic policy. A more informal mid-term evaluation may be conducted  by the instructor.

• Grades will be posted on OnCourse. In accordance with the Indiana  University

School of Social Work grading  policy, students  must earn at least a "C" to pass this course.

• If for some reason you are unable to complete  the work assigned, an Incomplete           5/7/2013

must  be negotiated with the  professor prior to the  last  two weeks  of class. Students must  have  completed more  than  half of the  course in terms of both  attendance and participation in order  to be considered for an  Incomplete.

• Late assignments will result  in a 1 point per day  deduction on the  assignment. Be

mindful  of the  due  dates and  time  locks on the  FORUMS & Assignments. OnCourse functions ONE hour  ahead of our  time.  Being locked out  of submitting your  work will be viewed  as submitting a late  assignment. All submissions are  due  by 10 :59pm


•  Students experiencing writing difficulties  are  advised to seek  assistance at  the

University  Writing Center. Please  call 980-6500 to schedule an  appointment or drop

by to pick up some available handouts.


The home page ofOncourse has links, video tutorials and several tips and updates to help you navigate the website. IU has prepared  a reference page containing links to information about a variety of resources to help you function successfully in your online Oncourse class.


Indiana  University is committed  to creating a learning environment and academic community that promotes educational  opportunities for all individuals, including those with disabilities. Course directors are asked to make reasonable accommodations,  upon request  by the student or the university, for such disabilities. It is the responsibility  of students with documented physical or learning disabilities seeking accommodation  to notify their course directors and the relevant campus office that deals with such cases in a timely manner concerning the need for such accommodation. Indiana University will make reasonable  accommodations for access to programs, services, and facilities as outlined by applicable state and federal laws.

Campus support offlce:

Student Support Services, HH 29, (219) 980-6798( Student Support Services supportn

Division of Social Wo1·k Policy on

Attendance and Participation in Online Courses


Consistent attendance in online coursework is extremely important,  particularly  in the summer session due to the abbreviated semester and rapidity with which we cover course material. Attendance in online class sessions is defined by the following.

For online class sessions:

You must be logged on by the third day of the week (Wednesday unless otherwise indicated) and complete the required assignment  or you will be counted absent for the online class session.

You must additionally log in by the final day of the week (Sunday unless otherwise indicated)  and complete the required  assignment or you will be counted absent for the online class session.

Note that in summer session missing one full week's online participation qualifies as 2

absences given that 2 weeks of course material are covered each week. Late assignments are not accepted.

Absence from online class sessions will result in the following: One class missed without grade penalty

Two missed classes will result in a full letter grade drop for the final course grade

Three missed classes will result in two full letter grades dropped  for the final course

grade. Please refer to the Social Work program grade and GPA requirements to ensure you are aware of the impact these grade drops will have on your academic progress.


Your participation in online discussions is a vital part of your learning and the learning of your peers. Participation in traditional and online sessions is defined by the following:

Mental presence in class and field is a must

Actively participating in class discussions, exercises, and assignments

Avoid multi-tasking when engaging in online work (Facebook, texting, email, etc.)

Prepare yourself to participate in online discussions, exercises, and assignments

Provide peer feedback when expected via online channels.


Course Schedule


Allassignments are due by 11:59pm CST on the due date




Due Dates

Week 1

July 1st, 2013

Chapter 1

Forums: Introduction, Posting

& Responses

Part 1 Test

Introduction: Day One

POST: Day Three-7/3

RESPONSE: Day  Five-7/5

TEST: Day Seven·7/7

Week 2

July sth, 2013

Chapters 2, 3, 4, & 5

Forums: Posting & Responses

Part 2 Test

POST: DayThree-7/10

RESPONSE: Day  Five-7/12

TEST: Day Seven-7/14

Week  3

July 15th, 2013

Chapters6, 7, &8

Forums: Posting & Responses

Part 3 Test

POST: DayThree-7/17

RESPONSE: Day  Five-7/19

TEST: Day Seven-7/21


July 22nd, 2013

Chapters9, 10, ft 11

Forums: Posting ft Responses

Part 4 ASSESSMENT on Two

Weeks characters

POST: Day Three-7/24

RESPONSE: Day  Five-7/26

REVIEW: Day Seven-7/28

Week  5

July 29th, 2013

Chapters 12, 13, 14, ft


Forums: Posting ft Responses

Part 5 Test

POST: Day Three-7/31

RESPONSE: Day  Five-8/2

TEST: Day Seven-8/4

Week 6

August 5th, 2013

Chapters 16, 17, 18, ft


Forums: Posting ft Responses

Part 6 Test

POST: Day Three-8/7

RESPONSE: Day  Five-8/9

TEST: Day Seven-8/11

Week 7

August 12th, 2013

Chapter 20

Forums: Posting ft Responses

Part 7 Test

POST: Day Three-8/14

RESPONSE: Day  Five-8/16



Note: All dates and times are subject to change by the instructor. Be informed and routinely check the Announcements for any changes or updates.


Late registration: July 1"-6th, 2013

Pass/Fail Deadline: July 12th, 2013

Automatic WithdrawalDeadline: August 2nd, 2013

Classes end: August 17th, 2013

GRADES Due:  August  19th,  2013

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