Updated Abstract Submission Deadline 10/5/15

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Updated Abstract Submission Deadline,  Monday, October 5th, 2015

An update and reminder: the Social Work Hospice and Palliative Care Network (SWHPN) is now accepting abstracts for the annual general assembly, March 68, 2016 in the heart of downtown Chicago at the Westin Michigan Avenue Hotel.  The theme of the 2016 assembly is Promoting Integrated Care for Serious Illness: Improving Access, Coordination and Psychosocial Outcomes.

This annual event, once again in conjunction with AAHPM/HPNA, will showcase original research, innovative practices and interventions, educational strategies, policy initiatives and case presentations in the field of hospice and palliative care. Psychosocial palliative care professionals in all disciplines and palliative care advocates are encouraged to submit abstracts as part of a symposium as well as individual podium or poster presentations.

How to Submit an Abstract

 Submit your presentation for the 2016 Call for Abstracts. Proposals for the following session types will be accepted:

  • Oral Presentation: A 20-minute presentation on a specific topic, with an additional 10 minutes for audience discussion

  • Poster Presentation: Visual presentation of research or practice; awards given for best posters

  • Symposium: A one-hour session organized around a related overall theme; a primary author with 2-3 individual presenters

 Full instructions for submitting an abstract can be found in the 2016 Guide for Submitting an Abstract .

Co-Chairs of the Abstract Committee

Tracy Schroepfer, MSW, PhD

Gary L. Stein, JD, MSW

 

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March 6-8 General Assembly – Call for Abstracts

swhpn_gen_assemblyBe part of the 2016 SWHPN (Social Work Hospice and Palliative Care Network) General Assembly: The Call for Abstracts is now open!

With the theme Promoting Integrated Care for Serious Illness: Improving Access, Coordination and Psychosocial Outcomes, this year’s assembly will take place March 6-8, 2016 in the heart of downtown Chicago at the Westin Michigan Avenue Hotel.

This annual event, once again in conjunction with AAHPM/HPNA, will showcase original research, innovative practices, educational strategies, policy initiatives and case narratives in the field of hospice and palliative care. Psychosocial palliative care professionals in all disciplines and palliative care advocates are encouraged to submit abstracts as part of a symposium as well as individual podium or poster presentations.

The assembly will  also provide new opportunities for learning, including a robust program including pre-conference workshops, presentations from social workers and other interdisciplinary professionals, plenaries with palliative and hospice care leaders and experts, and a variety of networking opportunities.  By contributing your practice, education, research and policy knowledge from the field, you will help us to continue the work of creating an integrated knowledge base and a sustainable future for our organization, and advancing the mission of psychosocial palliative care.

How to Submit an Abstract

Submit your presentation for the 2016 Call_for_Abstracts! Proposals for the following session types will be accepted:

  • Oral Presentation: A 20-minute presentation on a specific topic, with an additional 10 minutes for audience discussion
  • Poster Presentation: Visual presentation of research or practice; awards given for best posters
  • Symposium: A one-hour session organized around a related overall theme; a primary author with 2-3 individual presenters

Full instructions for submitting an abstract can be found in the 2016_Guide_for_Submitting_an Abstract .

Submit your abstract by Monday, October 5, 2015

We look forward to your submissions!
Warmest wishes,
Co-Chairs of the Abstract Committee
Tracy Schroepfer, MSW, PhD
Gary L. Stein, JD, MSW

P.S. You may notice some changes – we’ve been hard at work this summer revamping the SWHPN website! Enjoy the sneak peek as you submit your abstract, and we’ll be emailing updated login information soon!

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Help Us Make the Case – Take the Advanced Care Planning Survey!

We invite you to participate in a very brief survey about your experiences with advance care planning at your institution.  The current policy environment presents some important opportunities for hospice and palliative social work.  These include proposed Medicare regulations to reimburse professional time related to discussions about advance care planning, as well as a new Congressional bill to provide new grant support for palliative care education and training.  To bolster the inclusion of social work in these initiatives, it is important for us to document the extent to which we are providing and leading advance care planning services.  Data will enable us to show that we both currently provide these services and are competent to do so.  To help us make the case, please complete our survey – which should take no more than 2 minutes of your time – by clicking on this link to Survey Monkey.

Thank you for your time and the important work you do. If you have questions about this survey, are having trouble completing it, or have general questions about membership, please contact SWHPN Strategic Director Jessica Strong at membership@swhpn.org

 

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A Shout-Out for Social Work in Boston Globe Editorial on Reimbursement for End-of-Life Conversations!

The SWHPN Board is pleased to see that an editorial in the July 20, 2015 edition of the Boston Globe calls not only for making end-of-life discussions a routine part of health care, but also advocates that Medicare reimbursement cover the cost of social workers for facilitating these discussions! Social workers are uniquely equipped to help patients and families handle these kinds of discussions. It is great to have this recognition and support for which we have strongly advocated. Read more here.

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Social Work on NY Times front page

nytimes_teensCheck out the front page NY Times article on approaches to advanced directives with adolescents and young adults. The study reported is directed by Lori Weiner, a social worker. Social workers are featured prominently throughout in relevant, innovative, and important roles. Congratulations pediatric colleagues! We also want to thank Barbara Jones who was the Pediatric Section Head in our new book Handbook of Oncology Social Work:Psychosocial Care for People with Cancer. Lori as well as six other pediatric colleagues contributed terrific chapters on issues related to the pediatric population. The NY times article can be reached through the following link http://nyti.ms/1G3Ejo9

Grace Christ, Board Chair, SWHPN

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Smith College announces Palliative Care Post Graduate Certificate Program

The Smith College School for Social Work and Baystate Health announce  the 15th  Palliative Care Post Graduate Certificate Program for social workers working in hospice, medical social work, bereavement and in palliative care. The program draws national and international practitioners who meet on Smith’s campus for two long weekends ( Oct.15-18 and April 7-10 ). Over these two intensive weekends, social work practitioners take courses on advanced practice I and II, leadership, psychological theories of grief and bereavement, pain and symptom management, diversity, spirituality I and II, issues in hospice and palliative care, childhood bereavement, legal and ethical issues, practice with gays and lesbians, cross cultural issues and compassion fatigue.

Coursework is taught by national leaders in the field. Classroom learning is punctuated by a six -month clinical internship in the student’s work setting. Here participants identify two to three study cases. Where possible students take leadership in their settings: teaching, creating groups, providing training and presenting at conferences. Students receive individual clinical telephonic supervision every other week from outstanding practitioners in the field and also receive group clinical telephonic supervision from an instructor in the program Graduates have gone on to write grants, teach, supervise, develop palliative care programs, develop research tools, publish papers and take many forms of leadership locally and nationally. For more information go to  www.baystatehealth.org/learn or http://www.smith.edu/ssw/acad_cont_graduate.php or contact the Acting Director,estherchachkes @estherchachkes@gmail.com

 

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SWHPN 2015 Assembly Program on February 23-24 in Philadelphia

See SWHPN 2015 final Assembly program for Feb 23-24 in Philadelphia at

 

Thanks to all our contributors, attendees, participants, and sponsors – we couldn’t have done it without you. There is still time to join us in Philadelphia as we champion psychosocial palliative care and interprofessional collaboration.  Go to SWHPN.org or just meet us there!   Welcome!

SWHPN Board,Members, Colleagues, Friends!!

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One-year fellowship at Mount Sinai Beth Israel now accepting applications

Mount Sinai Beth Israel is offering a one year postgraduate Social Work Fellowship in palliative and end-of-life care through the Department of Pain Medicine and Palliative Care (DPMPC). The training program provides experience in the multidimensional assessment and intervention with patients and families, in multiple practice sites (an inpatient pain, palliative care and hospice unit, inpatient consultation service and an ambulatory practice) along the continuum of serious illness. Supervision is provided by an experienced palliative social worker.

Fellows participate in interdisciplinary rounds, case discussions, journal clubs, didactic conferences and departmental meetings with the focus on multidimensional approaches to symptom management, palliative and end-of-life care. Learning is complemented by access to interdisciplinary experts and resources.

Designed to develop specialist clinicians, leaders, and mentors, the social work fellowship was established with a grant from the Open Society Institute Project on Death in America (PDIA) through their Social Work Leadership Award and receives ongoing generous support through the Barbara Zirinsky Fund. The program is offered on a full-time basis for one year and includes stipend and benefits.

Social Work Applications are available at: http://www.wehealny.org/services/BI_PainPalliativeCare/files/Social_Work_Fellowship_Application_Revised_1_2015.pdf

Deadline for completed applications is Monday March 16, 2015 with fellowship year to begin July 1, 2015.

For More Information about the clinical goals, focus and details about the fellowship please contact:

Terry Altilio, LCSW
Social Work Coordinator
Department of Pain Medicine and Palliative Care
Mount Sinai Beth Israel
First Avenue at 16th Street
New York, New York 10003
Tel: (212) 844-1467
Fax: (212) 844-1503
Email: taltilio@chpnet.org

For Information about the Application, Deadline, and how to submit please contact:

Tavia Bryan-Samuels
Fellowship Coordinator
Department of Pain Medicine and Palliative Care
Mount Sinai Beth Israel
First Avenue at 16th Street
New York, New York 10003
Tel: (212) 844-1479

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Full program announced for SWHPN General Assembly, February 23-24, 2015

Just announced: We have posted the full program for the 2015 SWHPN General Assembly, February 23-24, Philadelphia!  (And register today – hotels are booking fast!)

Care Continuum / Clinical Practice: Challenges and Opportunities of Assessment in Hospice and Palliative Care • Caregiving: Caregivers as Hidden Patients • Research: Minimizing Financial Burden on Families at the End of Life  •  Communication & Decision Making: Advance Directive Development in the Past Decade  • Ethics & Policy: Social Workers as Medical Ethicists • The Social Work Role in the ICU Interdisciplinary: Integrating Palliative Care in the ER • Care Continuum: Allowing Suffering: Clinical Intervention at End-of-Life • Special Populations: No Two Are Alike: Death Rituals in Contemporary America

Browse the full program: SWHPN 2015 agenda

Also, are you new to the field or in a new role? We are still accepting applications for practitioners who would like to be matched with a mentor via our complimentary mentorship program.

See you next month!

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SWHPN General Assembly Scholarships Now Available!

We are pleased to announce the establishment of a scholarship fund that will be used to cover the conference registration fees of at least seven participants to attend the SWHPN 2015 General Assembly.

Preference will be given to MSW and PhD social work students, first-time presenters, first-time attendees, and international participants, as well others who document financial need and commitment to palliative and hospice care.

To apply for scholarship consideration, please submit the following information tomembership@swhpn.org by January 30, 2015:

1) A Word document not to exceed one page that:

a) Describes what you hope to gain from the conference
b) Demonstrates your interest in and commitment to hospice and palliative care
c) States how this financial support will benefit you
2) A curriculum vitae or resume that provides your contact information and experience.

Thank you to our donors and for providing for this fund to support professionals in our field.

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