(10 CEUs) Advance Care Planning Certificate

Tuesday, 8 March 2022 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM EST

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Tuesday, 8 March 2022 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM EST

10 CEUs (9 Clinical; 1 Social/Cultural)

Advance Care Planning Certificate

End-of-life planning is a sensitive topic and social workers are ideally suited to initiate and guide these discussions as they explore an individual’s values and preferences. In fact, a reported 96 percent of clinical social workers conduct advance care planning conversations (ACP) and 80 percent are responsible for educating patients and families about ACP options. 

NASW-NJ, in partnership with Goals of Care Coalition of New Jersey, has developed a certificate program for those new to these conversations and for seasoned professionals who would like a deeper understanding of the issue.  This is the only certificate ACP course in NJ! 

The three-part program includes:  2 CEU hours of pre-foundational reading; 4 CEU hours On-Demand videos and culminates in 4 CEU hours of live instruction (March 8, 2022, 9AM-1PM).

Our experienced faculty: 

David Barile, MD, Founder and Chief Medical Officer, Goals of Care Coalition of New Jersey.

Tracy Grafton, LCSW, ACHP-SW, Palliative Care Program, Hackensack Meridian Health

Laurie Powsner, LCSW, Director of Operations, Your CarePlan

Course Highlights

All parts of the program must be completed to receive your certificate

Part One:  2 Clinical CEU hours of pre-foundational reading, including articles from

a)      Clinical Social Work Journal  

b)      Institute for HealthCare Improvement.

Part Two:  4 (3 Clinical; One Social/Cultural) CEU hours of On-Demand videos, including: 

a)      The Basics of Advance Directives

b)     Fundamental Principles of Serious Illness Communication.

Breaking Barriers in End-of-Life Care

Facilitating Effective Goals of Care Conversations

Part Three:  4 Clinical CEU hours of live instruction, including:

a)    Deep Dive into Settings: Acute, Long Term, Community, and Private (breakout rooms by setting)

 Ap   NJ POLST (Practitioners Orders for Life Sustaining Treatment) – detailed instruction on the importance of this form and how to complete it.

        Opportunities for Social Workers to Lead - building and maintaining an organization-wide ACP program



Self-Study to be completed prior to class (2 hours).  Information will be sent upon registration

On Demand Videos to be completed prior to class (4 hours)

Live Instruction via webinar:

Tuesday, March 8, 2022 9:00 am - 1:00 pm (4 hours of instruction)


Regular Rate - $325
Member Rate- $225 (Members save over 30%!)


NASW-NJ offers this program to meet the continuing education requirements for the renewal of your New Jersey social work license/certification and for the continuing education requirement for certified School Social Workers. NASW-NJ is also recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #SW-0138.


About The Goals of Care Coalition of NJ

GOCCNJ is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and the only network of organizations in NJ working together to make certain that patients with serious illness get the care they need and no less, and the care they want and no more. Through research, education and advocacy, GOCCNJ’s mission is to ensure that policy makers, healthcare providers, patients, and family caregivers have the information, resources, training, and tools they need to promote high-quality, person-centered advance care planning, palliative care, and end-of-life care services. 



Cancellation policy

REFUND REQUESTS: Please see our refund policies and request a refund by clicking here. All refund requests must be submitted online.

Refund requests must be received by 1 week before the course date and refunds are subject to a $50.00 processing fee. No refunds will be granted for cancellations after that time period.



For more information, contact Helen French at hfrench.naswnj@socialworkers.org or call 732-993-7311

Contact the Organizer

David Barile
Founder and Chief Medical Officer, Goals of Care Coalition of New Jersey

Dr. Barile is the Founder and Chief Medical Officer of Goals of Care Coalition of New Jersey, a non-profit partnership of leading healthcare providers, government agencies, and community organizations dedicated to helping patients get the care they need and no less and the care they want and no more. GOCCNJ provides valuable tools and information to help facilitate conversations about medical decisions at the end of life and is working to set a new standard of care in NJ by helping healthcare providers, patients, and families make medical decisions that genuinely reflect a person’s wishes. Dr. Barile is Director of Palliative Medicine Services and Medical Director of the Acute Care for the Elderly Unit at Penn Medicine Princeton Medical Center. He is also the Medical Director at Princeton Care Center Skilled Nursing Facility, Greenwood Hospice, and Goldenview Memory Home. Dr. Barile was instrumental in designing the NJ POLST (Physician Orders for Life Sustaining Therapies) Form and is an active member of the National POLST Paradigm Task Force focused on improving the quality of patient care by creating a system that identifies patients’ wishes regarding medical treatment and communicates and respects them by creating portable medical orders. He’s also served on the NJ Governor’s Advisory Council on End-of-Life Care. He’s been widely published and is a sought-after speaker on the subject advance care planning and end-of-life care. Dr. Barile completed his undergraduate education at University of California at Santa Cruz and received his Doctorate of Medicine from Eastern Virginia Medical School. He completed his Internship and Residency at Beth Israel Medical Center in New York City and a two-year Geriatric Fellowship at Mount Sinai School of Medicine. He received Internal Medicine board certification in 1999, Geriatric Medicine certification in 2001 and Hospice/Palliative Medicine certification in 2005 and has been in clinical practice since 2000. Dr. Barile is a member of American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine, the American College of Physicians, and the American Geriatric Society.

About David Barile

Founder and Chief Medical Officer, Goals of Care Coalition of New Jersey
Tracy Grafton

Tracy Grafton, LCSW, ACHP-SW, is a social worker who has worked for Hackensack Meridian Health recently transferring from Haven Hospice/JFK Medical Center to the Palliative Care Program at Ocean Medical Center. Since earning her MSW from Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, Tracy worked in hospice for the past 20 years in several roles, including social work, oncology support, child/adolescent and adult bereavement, bioethics member and education. As an Adjunct Faculty member at both Rutgers University and The College of New Jersey, she has taught on Aging, Oncology, End-of-Life, & Bereavement for all ages. Tracy is a community educator who is active with the Institute for Healthcare Improvement’s “The Conversation Project”, the New Jersey Health Care Quality Institute’s “Conversation of Your Life” task force, and all efforts promoting its importance. A native of Youngstown, Ohio, Tracy is married to her college sweetheart, William Grafton, has two children, under age 30, who have their advance directives. She is an avid cyclist who enjoys long-distance biking, travel, reading and music.

About Tracy Grafton


Laurie Powsner, MSW, LCSW is a social worker who wears several hats. She has a private practice providing individual, couple and family counseling. She consults with families about Aging in Place. And, she is the director of operations at Your CarePlan, helping hospitalized patients complete POLST forms. Previously, she worked with hospice for 20 years. She is on the boards of the Funeral Consumers Alliance of Philadelphia and Princeton, and a past President and board member of the national Funeral Consumers Alliance.

About Laurie Powsner