Professional Certificate in Palliative Care for Social Workers


*Winner of AMEI Golden Apple Award for Programme Excellence (2019)*
This certificate course covers the foundational principles and practice of palliative care. It aims to build professional competency and confidence by equipping participants with the necessary knowledge and basic skills to work with patients and families facing life-threatening illnesses. The trainers in this course range from experienced social workers to doctors and nurses from the field of palliative care. The content is presented through interactive lectures, discussions and role play activities conducted in classroom teaching.
This is a blended learning course where participants will be able to access mini-presentations, assessments, video clips and other resources via the Duke-NUS Learning Management System.


It covers a comprehensive range of palliative care social work topics as follows:
Module 1: Social Work in Palliative Care
Module 2: Clinical Knowledge in Palliative Care
Module 3: Bio-Psychosocial Spiritual Assessment
Module 4: Loss, Grief and Bereavement
Module 5: Culturally and Spiritually Sensitive Practice
Module 6: Communication Skills
Module 7: Ethical Issues in Palliative and End-of-Life Care
Module 8: Reflective Practitioner

Course Duration:
Held over a total of 11 days from 4 April to 24 May 2024

Training session
4 Apr (Full Day) 5 Apr (Full Day)
11 Apr (Full Day) 12 Apr(Full Day)
- 19 Apr (Full Day)
25 Apr (Full Day) 26 Apr (Full Day)
 - 10 May (Full Day)
 16 May (Full Day) 17 May (Full Day)
 - 24 May (Full Day)

The Pre-Course Briefing will be held on 18 March 2024, from 3pm to 4pm, conducted over Zoom.
Course Fee: S$ 1,962.00 (inclusive of 9% GST)

CLICK HERE to register for the course. Please note that your registration does not serve as a confirmation of your seat for the course.
Successful applicants will receive a confirmation email with payment details nearer to course start date.

Please be informed withdrawal from course must be made in writing for refund of fees.
Date of withdrawal %
2 weeks or more before course start date: 100%
Less than 2 weeks before course start date: 50%
On or after course start date: 0%


For more information, please contact us at / (+65) 6601 1097 (Ye Min) or visit our website here




This course is supported and accredited by the Singapore Association of Social Workers (SASW). Course participants will receive 1 CPE per hour of teaching time


  • Social workers who are interested in learning more about working with patients and families facing life-threatening illnesses. Priority will be given to social workers who are working in the palliative care setting.
  • Other Allied Health Professionals (Creative Therapists, Counsellors and Psychologists) who are working predominantly with patients with serious illness in palliative care services or palliative care wards in community hospitals or nursing home.
Ability to commit to the whole course
Proficiency in English
Social Workers: A recognised degree in Social Work with a minimum 2 years of clinical experience
Other Allied Health Professionals: A relevant degree with a minimum 4 years of experience