There are no pre-requisite for this course.
Students will explore contemporary issues as it relates to End of life care for individuals who are disabled. The course will focus on counseling individuals with life-threatening illnesses. It will also explore theoretical models of denial, grief as well as how persons cope with life threatening illnesses. Other subjects incldue,Physician-Assisted Suicide/Death, Who Decides Who Lives or Dies, Withholding or Withdrawing Life-Sustaining Treatment, Ethics and Morals, Chronic Sorrow, End-of-Life Struggles and Decisions and finally the Rights of Disabled Persons.
Required Course Resources:
Doka, K. (2009) Counseling Individuals with life-Threatening Illness –Springer publisher ISBN 978-0-8261-1541-6Timothy H. Lillie * James L. Werth, Jr. End-of-Life Issues and Persons with Disabilities (12464) ISBN: 9781416402633
Course Learning Outcomes:
At the end of the course students will
- Have a thorough understanding of the process of counseling those who have chronic illnesses.
- Have a good understanding of the End of life issues that people with disabilities go through.
- Develop a understanding of Physician assisted suicides, withholding and withdrawing life sustaining treatments.
- Have a working knowledge of Grief counseling.