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Disciplines: Speech-Language Pathology
Hours: 2 Contact Hours
  • Barbara Rubel, MA, BCETS, CBS
  • Amy Hasselkus, MA, CCC-SLP
Peer Reviewer(s): Dianne Hutto Douglas, DNS, APRN-CNS
Item#: O2506
Contents: 1 Course Book (52 pages)

Palliative Care and Hospice Care: Role of the Speech-Language Pathologist

Price $19.95
Item # O2506
When available, the Online Course format is included with the hard copy, eBook, or audio book formats!

Release Date: June 1, 2017

Expiration Date: November 2, 2019

Speech-language pathologists, as members of the healthcare interdisciplinary team, should educate themselves about the issues involved with palliative care and hospice so that they can assist patients who may come to them with questions and make appropriate referrals to other professionals, as necessary. SLPs may also benefit from this information personally, as the issues discussed are not limited to their professional role. The first section of this course describes both palliative care and hospice care, then the course considers an overview of hospice services as defined by the Medicare hospice benefit. It goes on to summarize the similarities between hospice care and palliative care and explains the settings for both types of care. Finally, the course identifies the importance of training in this type of practice. Upon completion of this course, the learner will be able to describe palliative care and hospice care as treatment approaches for end-of-life care and explain the role of speech-language pathologists in this type of care.


0.2 ASHA CEUs (Intermediate-Level, Related Area) are awarded for this course.

Course Objectives

  • Identify how a patient’s quality of life is improved by receiving palliative care.
  • Describe the hospice philosophy and its central principles.
  • Discuss the eligibility requirements, services, and members of the interdisciplinary team, as related to Medicare hospice benefits, and the average length of stay in hospice.
  • Explain the role of the speech-language pathologist in palliative and hospice care.
  • List settings in which palliative and hospice care are provided.


Barbara Rubel, MA, BCETS, CBS, is a dynamic keynote speaker, trainer, consultant, and acclaimed, nationally recognized author. Barbara received a BS in psychology and an MA in community health, with a concentration in thanatology, from Brooklyn College. She is a board-certified expert in traumatic stress, diplomate of the American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress, certified bereavement specialist, and certified pastoral bereavement counselor. Barbara was featured in the Emmy Award-winning documentary Fatal Mistakes, narrated by Mariette Hartley. As a bereavement specialist, Barbara has supported terminally ill individuals, facilitated bereavement support groups, and taught graduate-level courses at Brooklyn College. Through ShareGrief, she supports the bereaved internationally. She is the author of the book But I Didn’t Say Goodbye and contributing writer to the book Thin Threads: Grief and Renewal and the Open to Hope Foundation’s publica-tion Fresh Grief. Her keynote speeches on compassion fatigue energize and motivate healthcare professionals to build resil-ience. Barbara’s website is at
Amy Hasselkus, MA, CCC-SLP, is a licensed and American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) certified speech-language pathologist. Amy obtained her master’s degree in speech-language pathology from the University of Georgia and accepted a position in a hospital in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, where she provided services to children and adults with speech, language, cognitive, and swallowing disorders. She then worked for 11 years at the ASHA, where she assisted in the development of resources for speech-language pathologists on a variety of clinical and professional issues. Amy earned a second master’s degree in communication (with a focus on health communication) from George Mason University and now teaches as an adjunct instructor at George Mason University and a local community college. Amy also contributes to continuing education programs for speech-language pathologists.



Financial - The authors received an honorarium from Western Schools for this work. 

Nonfinancial - The authors have no other relevant financial or nonfinancial interests to disclose.

Dianne Hutto Douglas, DNS, APRN-CNS, is a professor at Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center School of Nursing. She received a bachelor of nursing science degree from the University of Southern Mississippi, as well as a master of nursing degree and a doctorate of nursing science from Louisiana State University Medical Center. Dianne is certified as an advanced practice registered nurse – clinical nurse specialist by the Louisiana State Board of Nursing and has experience in medical-surgical nursing and psychiatric nursing. Her research interests include death, dying, bereavement, and grief reso-lution; gerontology and geropsychiatric nursing; psychiatric nursing and therapeutic communication; and empathy.



Financial – Dianne Hutto Douglas received an honorarium from Western Schools for this work. 

Nonfinancial – Dr. Douglas has no other relevant financial or nonfinancial interests to disclose.

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