On-Demand CE Training

ODL 254: The Death Deck

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Target Audience:

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


Discussing end of life wishes is often a taboo topic and one that is avoided at all costs. This course will provide discussion of The Death Deck, a tool for professionals and families that can be used to facilitate a discussion about death in a fun way. The Death Deck creators Lori LoCicero and Lisa Pahl, LCSW, lead participants through an exploration of their thoughts and feelings related to a range of end-of-life topics. They  provide education on how to initiate conversations on death, dying, and grief within professional and personal practice.  

Course Objectives:

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

  • Identify three strategies for initiating conversations about death and dying
  • Describe the benefit of utilizing this type of tool for professionals
  • Name examples of end of life interventions that should be discussed with family members


Lisa Pahl, LCSW

Lisa Pahl, LCSW, is co-creator of The Death Deck, a lively and humorous card game that inspires meaningful conversations on what matters most in our lives and in our deaths. As a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with over fifteen years experience within hospice and emergency medicine, Lisa helps people cope with illness, dying, and grief. With a passionate belief that peace at the end begins with meaningful conversations over time, Lisa engages people in talking about and preparing for this important stage of life. She resides in Los Angeles with her husband, teenage son, and two cats, Pickle and Peanut. You can find out more about her and The Death Deck at thedeathdeck.com

Lori LoCicero, Writer and Co-Creator of the Death Deck

Lori LoCicero is a freelance writer and the co-creator of The Death Deck. A creative storyteller and eternal optimist, Lori combines her personal stories of loss with her innate sense of humor to write about life and talk about death. She has written and directed independent films, documentaries, and a variety of live gala events. Her upcoming memoir offers readers an intimate look at loss and her discovery of post-traumatic growth and was the catalyst for creating The Death Deck: a lively and humorous card game that inspires meaningful conversations on what matters most in our lives and in our deaths.


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.