To demonstrate an understanding of palliative care social work considerations for diverse populations, you are asked to select a vulnerable population (e.g., children/teens, homeless, older adults, ethnic minorities, LGBTQ2+ community, those living with serious mental illness, etc.) and write a seven- to ten-page paper that includes:
- An overview of the population of choice, including pertinent information to help the reader understand the details of this population’s social location (i.e., description of population and two or three aspects of identity);
- A review of the relevant literature on this population and what palliative care means for this population, including barriers and special considerations;
- The role of social work in delivering palliative care to this population, including a special consideration of unique interventions and strategies. Some consideration to the roles of other members of the interdisciplinary team should also be discussed. This section must include relevant (peer-reviewed) knowledge in the social work practice area.
- An analysis of the particular NASW Ethical Standards and Principles that are of specific relevance to the topic and potential challenges that may be presented to these standards and principles (https://www.socialworkers.org/About/Ethics/Code-of-Ethics/Code-of-Ethics-English (Links to an external site.)).
Students are to ensure their discussion is synthesized with both external references and with knowledge gained from class to demonstrate critical thinking. While you are allowed to use lay press, they are also expected to include at least five (5) to seven (7) peer-reviewed journal articles as well.