Our 2015 General Assembly: Championing Psychosocial Care

SWHPN 2015 LogoRegistration opened today for our 2015 General Assembly, and we are so looking forward to your joining us for this assembly with the best of our planning and the best of our colleagues from around the world.

Over the past year, there has grown an even stronger recognition for psychosocial support services and the important role they serve in hospice and palliative care. From SWHPN’s membership in the AAHPM/HPNA Coalition, to advocacy for psychosocial services in the recent IOM Report, all signs point toward growth and progress.

It was with these factors in mind that we selected our theme for the 2015 SWHPN General Assembly, Championing Psychosocial Care, to champion the strong and crucial role that psychosocial practitioners serve in palliative and hospice care.

In that vein, at our 2015 event we will be exploring relevant topics and best practices that champion for your best professional interest and skill betterment, such as: continuing advocacy for social support services and securing funding; developing competent teams through effective interprofessional collaboration; creating innovative programs in advanced care planning, coordinated care, family support, and bereavement services; identifying best practices in psychosocial care; and clarifying critical new directions for palliative social work and psychosocial practice.

We look forward to sharing more with you in the coming months. In the meantime, take advantage of our early bird rates on registration and hotel.

It’s going to be a great event, and we look forward to your joining us.

To read more about the 2015 assembly and book your early bird rates:

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Deadline Extended! One more week to submit abstracts!

 Dear colleague:

Good news: We have extended our deadline!

 We know that schedules were tight, and we didn’t want to miss your input.

Take the week to submit your oral, poster or symposium presentation. Review details and ideas on our website.

New deadline for abstracts: October 7

We look forward to your submissions!

Sincerely,
Gary Stein, JD, MSW/ Tracy Schroepfer, PhD
Co-Chairs, SWHPN 2015 Abstract Committee

P.S. General Assembly registration opens October 1st – more details to come soon!

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Institute of Medicine report: In support of social work services

On Wednesday, the Institute of Medicine released its long awaited report, “Dying in America.”

The palliative social work voice is being heard.  With social work services and the social work profession identified and supported throughout the report, it is clear that the importance of the social work role is increasingly recognized by our interdisciplinary palliative care and hospice colleagues.

There is a synergy between the release of the IOM report and the theme of the 3rd Annual SWHPN General Assembly.  Topics highlighted by this report include challenges and opportunities for social work in advance care planning, the roles of social work in establishing goals of care, educational approaches to teaching inter-professional colleagues as well as social work health care colleagues, and social workers in other specialties.

All of these align well with our theme and goal for our 2015 assembly. We encourage you to browse and find your voice in these topics – and then, submit an abstract to continue these advances with us in 2015!

(We are also immensely appreciative of the strong social work representation of panel members – let’s give them a hand!  Judy Peres, SWHPN Board member, June Simmons, and Fernando Torres-Gil from UCLA were committee members; SWHPN Board Member Tracy Schroepfer served as a reviewer.)

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Journal of Social Work: new issue available now

We are enjoying the latest issue of Journal of Social Work in End-of-Life & Palliative Care.

This issue’s topics include:

  • Dying Amidst a Primordial Dawn
    Glenn Meuche MSW, MA, LCSW
  • Becoming One with the Cosmic Dance and Flow
    Glenn Meuche MSW, MA, LCSW
  • When the Therapist Becomes the Patient
    Judith P. Delehanty & Roberta Rachel Omin
  • Burnout and Death Anxiety in Hospice Social Workers
    Lisa Quinn-Lee, Leah Olson-McBride & April Unterberger
  • The Attitudes of Social Work Students Toward End-of-Life Care Planning
    Sung Ae Kwon, Stacey Kolomer & Jamie Alper
  • Creating the Final Conversations Scale: A Measure of End-of-Life Relational Communication with Terminally Ill Individuals
    Mark Alan Generous & Maureen P. Keeley
  • Team-Based Volunteerism with the Seriously Ill: A Qualitative Analysis from 10 Volunteers’ Perspectives
    Casey B. Azuero, Grant M. Harris, Rebecca S. Allen, Beverly R. Williams, Elizabeth Kvale & Christine S. Ritchie

All SWHPN members have free access to the journal included with membership!

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Four weeks left: Call for abstracts

In only four weeks, abstracts are due for the 2015 SWHPN General Assembly. At this important time of health care transformation, help us to showcase the social work role, perspectives, interventions, leadership, innovations in hospice and palliative care: Submit your abstract today!

We welcome submissions for poster, oral or symposia presentations on topics such as:

  • Approaches for interprofessional collaboration within teams and across disciplines
  • Emerging policies, legislation, legal, and ethical issues
  • New research related to the impact of chronic and progressive illness, medical treatment, and palliative care on individuals, families, and communities
  • Cultural and structural perspectives in palliative and end-of-life care
  • Effective and innovative strategies or models for psychosocial care
  • Best practices in psychosocial and spiritual care

As a professional in the field of palliative and hospice care, your knowledge is valuable to our community. Submit today: Abstracts are due by September 30th!

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P.S. Take advantage of the special SWHPN event hotel room rate: $149.00 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel at Penn’s Landing. Conference registration rates to be announced soon!

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Q & A with Tracy: Submitting Abstracts

Hi all! As you know, the call is now open and you can begin submitting abstracts for the 2015 SWHPN conference, which will be held in Philadelphia February 23-24.  Our conference theme this year is “Championing Psychosocial Palliative Care and Interprofessional Collaboration” and I think lends itself to lots of interesting presentations.

Tracy_SchroepferLast year, the SWHPN conference in San Diego was a huge success due not only to your attendance and participation but also because of the many wonderful presentations made by our members. I know that this year can be even more successful if you, our members, submit an abstract and share with your colleagues the amazing work you are doing!

Some of you may have presented numerous times before and so are knowledgeable about writing and submitting an abstract. You know how to create measurable objectives, can clearly and concisely summarize your presentation, and know how to share your information in easy to read power point slides that can be viewed in the allotted time. Others of you may not have written or submitted an abstract before and so have questions about whether you could do so. Please know that each of us has much to share and we all have to write that “first” abstract so do not let this hold you back!

In order to insure that everyone has the support they need, I am taking questions on about writing and submitting a proposal for our 2015 conference, over on LinkingHealthProfessionals. This week, we are extending this to our blog audience.

I am very interested in reading your posts; by sharing our questions and comments with each other in the comments section below, we can all learn.

I am excited to co-chair the abstract committee with Gary Stein, and we look forward to being overwhelmed with abstract submissions so please submit, submit, submit!

Tracy

 

Tracy Schroepfer, PhD
Co-Chair, SWHPN 2015 Abstract Committee

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Join the conversation: Abstracts for the 2015 General Assembly!

Our call for abstracts is now open for the 2015 SWHPN General Assembly!

Also, be sure to check out our Linking Health Professionals discussion board (member login required) for information about submissions, topics, structure, format and to share your ideas as well. The Abstract Committee co-chair, Tracy Schroepfer, will be leading the conversation.

Abstracts may be for a symposium, an oral presentation, or a poster presentation. The deadline is September 30, 2014.

We look forward to your thoughts – and submissions!

Sincerely,

Gary Stein, JD, MSW
Tracy Schroepfer, PhD
Co-Chairs, SWHPN 2015 Abstract Committee

 

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Call for Abstracts: Now Open

The call for abstracts is now open for the 2015 Social Work Hospice and Palliative Care Network General Assembly! The theme is “Championing Psychosocial Palliative Care and Interprofessional Collaboration.”  With an interdisciplinary focus held once again in conjunction with the AAHPM/HPNA general assembly, the SWHPN conference will feature oral, panel, symposium, and poster presentations on key issues, research, and innovations in psychosocial practice, education, and policy. Presentations will showcase original research, innovative practices, educational strategies, policy and advocacy initiatives, or case narratives related to important aspects of palliative social work. Abstracts are due by September 30, 2014 and are open for the following sessions:

  • Oral Presentations: A 30-minute presentation including discussion.
  • Poster Presentations: Visual presentation of research or practice abstract. Awards given for best posters of 2015 General Assembly.
  • Symposium: A one-hour session organized by a primary author around a related overall theme, with 2-3 individual presenters.

For more details or to submit your abstract, visit swhpn.org or

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Upcoming Events

The National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization has several upcoming events that might be of interest to SWHPN members. See below for details about their upcoming Virtual Conference: Hot Topics in Palliative Care (July 8-10, 2014) as well as their Clinical Team Conference (October 25-29, 2014). For more information about how to register, please visit the NHPCO website.

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2nd General Assembly Convenes 300 Social Workers

A SWHPN Press Release

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2nd SWHPN General Assembly Unites 300 Social Workers in Hospice & Palliative Care

March 28, 2014

The SWHPN General Assembly not only creates a forum for palliative social workers to learn from the extraordinary accomplishments of colleagues, it also provides visibility of our specialty in the larger palliative care community.”

— Grace Christ, SWHPN Chair

San Diego, CA —The 2nd annual Social Work Hospice & Palliative Care Network (SWHPN) General Assembly brought 300 social work and other health care professionals together to share innovations and opportunities in psychosocial care.

 

The assembly, held March 10-11 at the Westin San Diego in conjunction with the annual assemblies of the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine (AAHPM) and the Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association (HPNA), featured 90 plenary, symposium, workshop, breakout and poster presentations from across the nation and abroad. Building on the sense of togetherness and purpose generated at the 2013 assembly, this year’s event highlighted the diverse work of emerging leaders and new palliative social workers while honoring the career achievements of seasoned experts in the field.

 

For this era of health care reform, palliative social workers bring critical skills to care coordination, behavioral health care, and managing patients presenting complex medical, psychosocial, and community issues.  They promote the quality and efficiency of health care teams and service delivery.

— Gary Stein, SWHPN Vice-Chair

SWHPN Chair Grace Christ emphasized the importance of this annual event: “The SWHPN General Assembly not only creates a forum for palliative social workers to learn from the extraordinary accomplishments of colleagues, it also provides visibility of our specialty in the larger palliative care community.”

 

About SWHPN

 

SWHPN, a professional organization for social workers in end-of-life, hospice and palliative care, emerged in 2007 from leadership-building initiatives spanning more than a decade, including the Project on Death in America’s Social Work Leadership Awards Program, funded by the Open Society Foundations. The overarching goal of that program, and now SWHPN, was to provide a forum for palliative social workers to collectively exercise leadership and develop and disseminate their knowledge and skills. SWHPN now boasts more than 550 members and 4,500 newsletter and social media subscribers.

 

SWHPN continues to forge collaborative partnerships with organizations that share its primary mission to advance psychosocial palliative care by connecting professionals in this specialty area to share knowledge and resources. SWHPN’s Board of Directors, consisting of leading social workers, nurses, physicians and other professionals in the US and Canada, convened on the evening of March 9 and unanimously approved the organization joining the National Coalition for Hospice and Palliative Care (http://www.nationalcoalitionhpc.org), providing a social work voice in palliative care policy alongside other leading organizations in the field.

“For this era of health care reform, palliative social workers bring critical skills to care coordination, behavioral health care, and managing patients presenting complex medical, psychosocial, and community issues.  They promote the quality and efficiency of health care teams and service delivery,” said SWHPN Co-Chair Gary Stein of the Board’s decision to join the coalition.

 

“Our membership in the National Coalition for Hospice and Palliative Care furthers recognition of our national constituency, our ability to support and promote policy as well as practice, education and research, and our enduring commitment to palliative care and hospice,” added SWHPN Chair Grace Christ.

 

To learn more about SWHPN and to become a member, visit http://members.swhpn.org.

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