Wurzweiler School of Social Work Offering Aging and Palliative Care Certificate For Interfaith Clergy

Clergy, chaplains, and spiritual leaders from all religious traditions are being called upon to intervene in complex life crises, especially those involving aging, serious illness, end-of-life care, and bereavement. Our New-York-State-approved Certificate Program at the Wurzweiler School of Social Work enables clergy to obtain strong grounding in elder care and serious illness, and equips them with the ability to understand the issues and concerns. These courses are convenient and flexible for both professionals and students, as all coursework is offered online.

This 6 Course, 18 Credit program includes:

  • Basics of Counseling
  • Philosophical Foundations of the Helping Professions
  • Gerontology
  • Palliative Care and Serious Illness
  • Interfaith Perspectives on Aging
  • Coping with Loss


Beginning October 22, 2023

  • Social Gerontology (Aging)
  • Philosophical Foundations of the Helping Professions

Students enrolled in the certificate have an opportunity to transfer 15 credits towards the 60 credits required for an MSW degree. Students who opt to continue into the MSW program will take the additional coursework and fieldwork to be eligible for licensure as a mental health professional.

We are pleased to offer reduced tuition scholarships for clergy, chaplains, and clergy-in-training/seminary students. Tuition is $810 per course for clergy and chaplains; $500 per course for students.

Virtual Open Houses

Monday, September 11, 2023, 6-7 p.m. EST

Monday, October 2, 2023, 6-7 p.m. EST

RSVP at YU.EDU/ClergyOpenHouse

To apply and for additional information: Contact Rabbi Liz Rolle at Liz.Rolle@yu.edu or Dr. Gary Stein at GLStein@yu.edu

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