Catch this Panel at SWHPN 2015: Interprofessional Collaboration and the Role of Social Workers

A NEW plenary session has been announced for the 2015 SWHPN General Assembly that you won’t want to miss: “Catching the Buzz about Interprofessional Collaboration: How Social Workers Can Lead Their Teams to Success.” Register now to take advantage of early bird rates, good until 12/31/15.

About the Plenary session:

In the changing world of health care, recent developments are emphasizing the importance of interprofessional collaboration and the role it plays in strengthening patient care. However, interprofessional teams are still determining how to navigate and integrate these goals into their practice. This plenary will discuss why social work professionals are in prime positions to lead palliative and hospice teams to successful collaborative care. Speakers will present key competencies for interprofessional collaboration, strategies for integrating these into training for all professionals, as well as specific concepts and tools for how social work professionals can lead these initiatives in practice and with practitioners across the field of collaborative care.

Panel presenters:

Susan BlackerSusan Blacker, MSW, RSW; Director of Cancer Services Planning and Performance at St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto, Ontario



Barbara Barbara HeadHead, PhD, RN, MSSW; Associate Professor at the University of Louisville School of Medicine



BarbaraLJonesBarbara L. Jones, PhD, MSW;  Assistant Dean for Health Affairs and Associate Professor at the UT Austin School of Social Work and Co-Director of The Institute for Grief, Loss and Family Survival


Stacy Remke

Stacy Remke, MSW, LICSW, ACHP-SW; Faculty member at the University of Minnesota School of Social Work.



KSupianoKatherine Supiano, PhD, LCSW, FGSA, FT;  Associate Professor in the College of Nursing, and the director of Caring Connections:  A Hope and Comfort in Grief Program at the University of Utah College of Nursing.


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Don’t Miss These Upcoming Deadlines!

Amid the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, we wanted to remind you of several important deadlines that are fast approaching as we prepare for the SWHPN General Assembly.

Nominate for Awards:  The deadline to submit a nomination is Sunday, December 7. Don’t miss this chance to highlight the amazing accomplishments of a notable colleague!

Registration: Early bird registration ends on December 31! Register now to take advantage of the low conference rate of $375 for SWHPN members / $470 for non-members.

Sponsor: Take advantage of early bird rates on sponsorship and exhibit opportunities when you reserve by December 15th. This is an excellent way for your organization to reach a wide audience of hospice and palliative care professionals.

We look forward to seeing you in Philadelphia!

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Join SWHPN’s Mentoring Program

Mentor and Mentee at 2013 SWHPN AssemblyLive and learn: Participate in our mentoring program for 2015! At SWHPN’s 2015 General Assembly, February 23-24 in Philadelphia we will again be hosting a mentorship program coordinated by Susan Blacker and Grace Christ.  SWHPN Mentoring Program is designed to connect social workers who are new to hospice and palliative care with more experienced social workers.  The focus may be on seeking ideas about advancing one’s career in clinical care, education, research or policy/advocacy.

According to Mary Knecht, a past mentor in the program, the benefits are numerous. “Being a mentor at the SWHPN conference was a highlight of the conference.  I love working with our future super stars in hospice and palliative care.  I have 15 years in hospice care, another 5 in home care, and the rest of my 36 years of Social Work is a mix of clinical casework and Management.  “It takes a village” and it is so important to “pass it on” in terms of social work clinical development.  And, believe me, it is a two way street! I learned a few technical and social networking ideas from my mentee!”

For more details, including how to apply to be a mentor or receive mentorship, please visit the 2015 General Assembly website.

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Interview with Atul Gawande: Palliative Social Work

This recent interview with the author and physician Dr Atul Gawande addresses the problematic way we view and treat end of life issues, particularly in the older population. The issues he raises are those in which palliative social workers have enormous knowledge, expertise and skill to teach other disciplines as well as psychosocial professionals.

Lastly, I remind you to keep current with us! Learn more about the innovative approaches to challenges such as these by joining us at the SWHPN General Assembly February 23-24 at the Grand Hyatt in Philadelphia!

Grace Christ

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New York Palliative Care Conference Showcases Palliative Social Work Leaders

Upcoming event: Joanna Mellor Annual Gerontology Conference

November 14, 2014

New York, NY


Join SWHPN in NYC for 3.5 CEU credits and the opportunity to discuss re-framing psychosocial care for elders, caregivers, and serious illness. Brought to you by the Wurzweiler School of Social Work.

55 Fifth Avenue @ 12th Street – Cardozo Law School, Moot Court Room

3.5 CEUs available

For program and registration details, click here.

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Nominate your colleagues: 2015 SWHPN awards!

awardsCan you think of a colleague who has contributed significant advancements to hospice and palliative care?

We are now accepting nominations for psychosocial palliative and hospice care professionals in the following categories:

  • PDIA Career Achievement Award
  • Emerging Leader Award
  • Awards of Excellence: Clinical Practice, Professional Education or Psychosocial Research

Winners will be honored at the 2015 SWHPN General Assembly. Nominations are being accepted through November 30, 2014.

Great work deserves recognition. Nominate today!


Early bird rates now available: 2015 SWHPN General Assembly
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Registration is Open for SWHPN 2015 General Assembly

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!

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!

Abstract FAQ    •   SWHPN 2015   •   Submit an abstract
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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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