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Certificate in Gerontology & Palliative Care Practice

Our unique professional certificate in Gerontology and Palliative Care Practice is designed for rabbis and cantors of all denominations to expand their counseling skills.

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Location

Online
Earn your certificate from anywhere in the world
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Costs

$1,050
Per credit
Scholarships and financial aid are available
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We offer a unique 18-credit Certificate Program in Gerontology and Palliative Care for rabbis and cantors of all denominations to address a national need for well-trained clergy who can support healthy aging and deliver compassionate, quality care for serious and advanced illness. A small number of other professionals serving the Jewish community may also be considered for the program.

“The core values of the social work profession,” said Dr. Danielle Wozniak, Dorothy and David Schachne Dean of Wurzweiler, “obligate us to care for every aspect of people’s well-being from the beginning of their lives until the end. This certificate program fulfills this mission with both elegance and efficiency, empowering rabbis and other spiritual counselors to provide assistance that satisfies the physical, emotional and religious needs of their charges.”


This 18-credit certificate can be earned separately or as a part of the 60-credit MSW. Our goal is for this certificate to provide flexible solutions to meet the different needs of rabbis. Those who opt to complete Wurzweiler’s MSW program will be eligible for licensure as a mental health professional.

The Wurzweiler Difference

Flexibility: Begin your studies in the fall, spring or summer semester. Choose full-time or part-time. Offerings include Traditional and Advanced Standing MSW programs, programs for working professionals, MSW/PhD, MSW/JD, MSW/Clergy and PhD programs.

Individualized: You will be assigned a faculty advisor to guide you through academic studies, mentor your career growth, oversee and assess your field experience, and help build your professional confidence.

Personal Attention: Classes are intimate and encourage close interaction with faculty, guest lecturers and peers. An on site writing center for Wurzweiler students is available at no additional cost.

Client Work: Building skills for repairing the world one person at a time and supporting caring families, groups, and communities where everyone thrives is central to the field work experience.

Ethics: Founded on a profound respect for individual beliefs and Jewish social philosophy, Wurzweiler fosters tolerance and trains you to support the spiritual and emotional needs of clients.

World-Renowned Educational Experience: Students and faculty come from around the globe and all walks of life, enriching your learning experience. Field placements are available across the US, in Canada, Israel and other countries.

Full Program Breakdown

We offer a unique 18-credit Certificate Program in Gerontology and Palliative Care for rabbis and cantors of all denominations to address a national need for well-trained clergy who can support healthy aging and deliver compassionate, quality care for serious and advanced illness. A small number of other professionals serving the Jewish community may also be considered for the program.

“The core values of the social work profession,” said Dr. Danielle Wozniak, Dorothy and David Schachne Dean of Wurzweiler, “obligate us to care for every aspect of people’s well-being from the beginning of their lives until the end. This certificate program fulfills this mission with both elegance and efficiency, empowering rabbis and other spiritual counselors to provide assistance that satisfies the physical, emotional and religious needs of their charges.”


This 18-credit certificate can be earned separately or as a part of the 60-credit MSW. Our goal is for this certificate to provide flexible solutions to meet the different needs of rabbis. Those who opt to complete Wurzweiler’s MSW program will be eligible for licensure as a mental health professional.

The Wurzweiler Difference

Flexibility: Begin your studies in the fall, spring or summer semester. Choose full-time or part-time. Offerings include Traditional and Advanced Standing MSW programs, programs for working professionals, MSW/PhD, MSW/JD, MSW/Clergy and PhD programs.

Individualized: You will be assigned a faculty advisor to guide you through academic studies, mentor your career growth, oversee and assess your field experience, and help build your professional confidence.

Personal Attention: Classes are intimate and encourage close interaction with faculty, guest lecturers and peers. An on site writing center for Wurzweiler students is available at no additional cost.

Client Work: Building skills for repairing the world one person at a time and supporting caring families, groups, and communities where everyone thrives is central to the field work experience.

Ethics: Founded on a profound respect for individual beliefs and Jewish social philosophy, Wurzweiler fosters tolerance and trains you to support the spiritual and emotional needs of clients.

World-Renowned Educational Experience: Students and faculty come from around the globe and all walks of life, enriching your learning experience. Field placements are available across the US, in Canada, Israel and other countries.

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We offer a unique 18-credit Certificate Program in Gerontology and Palliative Care for rabbis and cantors of all denominations to address a national need for well-trained clergy who can support healthy aging and deliver compassionate, quality care for serious and advanced illness. A small number of other professionals serving the Jewish community may also be considered for the program.

“The core values of the social work profession,” said Dr. Danielle Wozniak, Dorothy and David Schachne Dean of Wurzweiler, “obligate us to care for every aspect of people’s well-being from the beginning of their lives until the end. This certificate program fulfills this mission with both elegance and efficiency, empowering rabbis and other spiritual counselors to provide assistance that satisfies the physical, emotional and religious needs of their charges.”


This 18-credit certificate can be earned separately or as a part of the 60-credit MSW. Our goal is for this certificate to provide flexible solutions to meet the different needs of rabbis. Those who opt to complete Wurzweiler’s MSW program will be eligible for licensure as a mental health professional.

Flexibility: Begin your studies in the fall, spring or summer semester. Choose full-time or part-time. Offerings include Traditional and Advanced Standing MSW programs, programs for working professionals, MSW/PhD, MSW/JD, MSW/Clergy and PhD programs.

Individualized: You will be assigned a faculty advisor to guide you through academic studies, mentor your career growth, oversee and assess your field experience, and help build your professional confidence.

Personal Attention: Classes are intimate and encourage close interaction with faculty, guest lecturers and peers. An on site writing center for Wurzweiler students is available at no additional cost.

Client Work: Building skills for repairing the world one person at a time and supporting caring families, groups, and communities where everyone thrives is central to the field work experience.

Ethics: Founded on a profound respect for individual beliefs and Jewish social philosophy, Wurzweiler fosters tolerance and trains you to support the spiritual and emotional needs of clients.

World-Renowned Educational Experience: Students and faculty come from around the globe and all walks of life, enriching your learning experience. Field placements are available across the US, in Canada, Israel and other countries.

Turn Your Passion Into a Career

Our alumni are clinicians, agency directors and managers, researchers, social work professors, administrators, deans and legislators. They are employed in every sector of social services — from neighborhood agencies to the federal government — and are committed to improving the lives of vulnerable populations throughout the world.

At a Glance

Basic counseling with individuals, families and groups

Building healthy relationships through the lifespan

Social gerontology

Palliative care and social work practice with serious illness

Coping with loss

Aging in the Jewish community

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