On-Demand CE Training

ODL 252: The Family Caregiver: An Asset to Professional Caregivers

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Target Audience:

This course is targeted for social workers, case managers, nurses, and counselors.


Perhaps it was the pandemic, perhaps it is just long overdue, but people are realizing the need to talk about, plan, and prepare for their own death and that of a loved one. People are clamoring for guidance, a safe space to discuss, and more than just tropes and platitudes on this ubiquitous reality, yet most professionals are unsure and intimidated by death and grief as topics therefore unable to really come through. This course features  Jennifer O’Brien, better known as The Hospice Doctor’s Widow,  reviewing the very important role of caregivers at the end-of-life.

Course Objectives:

By the end of the session – the participant will be able to:

  • Recognize the elements of family caregiver stressors and challenges and how they may play a role in healthcare provision and the professional relationship.
  • Identify ways to incorporate the family caregiver as an asset and extender.
  • List easily accessible resources for family caregiving and end-of-life planning and preparation.


Jennifer O’Brien, MSOD, has helped thousands live and love more fully by recognizing that at the end of life comes death, family caregiving is both the hardest job and the greatest honor most of us will ever face, and grief is abundant love with no place to go. She is the author of The Hospice Doctor’s Widow: A Journal, an art journal filled with beauty, practical insights, humor, and heart. The book has won a Nautilus silver award in the Death & Dying/Grief & Loss category, a Next Gen Indie Book gold for Relationships, an Independent Publishers (IPPY) bronze for Gift, and an International Impact Award for its Design.

For 35 years she has been a practice management educator of physicians and served as CEO for two large medical practices. She has authored over 55 articles and made hundreds of presentations. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Boston University and a master’s degree in organization development from Loyola University – Chicago.  She lives in Little Rock, Arkansas.


Social Workers
ASWB ACE – 1 CE Credit
New York State Education Department’s State Board for Social Work – 1 Contact Hour
Case Managers
CCMC – 1 Contact Hour
California Board of Registered Nursing – 1 Contact Hour
NBCC ACEP – 1 Contact Hour
New York State Education Department’s State Board for Mental Health Practitioners – 1 Contact Hour

Please make sure to check with your own state board to ensure the transferability of CE credit for an asynchronous course. Some state boards may place restrictions regarding the modality of training required for ethics credits to be awarded. If this training indicates ethics credits are available, please verify that your state allows them to be earned through an on-demand course format.