For Early-Bird Rates, Register Now Before the Holiday Rush!

Register by December 31, 2012 to take advantage of Early-Bird rates.

March 11-12, 2013

New Orleans, LA

In conjunction with the 2013 AAHPM/HPNA Annual Assembly


Click here to register to attend the 2013 SWHPN General Assembly

Early Bird Registration (by December 31, 2012)

  • SWHPN Member – $275 (USD)
  • Non-Member – $370 (USD)

Student Registration

  • SWHPN Member – $190 (USD)
  • Non-Member – $255 (USD)

Regular Registration (after December 31, 2012)

  • SWHPN Member – $325 (USD)
  • Non-Member – $415 (USD)
This interdisciplinary conference, the first annual general assembly of the Social Work Hospice & Palliative Care Network, will feature oral, panel and poster presentations on key issues and innovations in psychosocial practice, education, research and policy. We welcome new and experienced social workers and other professionals from the palliative care team interested in psychosocial and spiritual aspects of palliative, hospice and end-of-life care. The program includes plenary speakers who are experts in the field of hospice and palliative care. Continuing education credits will be provided for this event.

Accommodation and Conference Space

Click here to take advantage of the SWHPN $139/per night room rate with the New Orleans Marriott Hotel at the Convention Center.  All conference sessions will take place at this hotel.

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Who should attend?

Social workers and other professionals committed to advancing psychosocial palliative care.

Featured Speakers & Topics


Honoring the Vertical & Horizontal Planes of Experience: Patient, Family & Clinician – Terry Altilio, LCSW, ACSW
Co-Editor, Oxford Textbook of Palliative Social WorkSocial Work Coordinator, Department of Pain Medicine and Palliative Care, Beth Israel Medical Center


Opportunities for Advancing Psychosocial Palliative Care after the Affordable Care Act – Samira K. Beckwith, ACSW, LCSW, FACHE

President and CEO, Hope Healthcare Services, Fort Myers, FL

Imagining Our Patients Well: Counseling and Advocacy for the 21st Century – Ira Byock, MD
Professor, Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth; Director of Palliative Medicine, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center

Lessons Learned from Veterans about Trauma, Grief, and Loss – Charles R. Figley, PhD
Paul Henry Kurzweg, MD Distinguished Chair in Disaster Mental Health; Professor, Tulane University School of Social Work


Hospice as a Community Hub: Improving Access to Effective Palliative Care
Barbara Monroe, BA, BPhil, CQSW
Chief Executive, St. Christopher’s Hospice
Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire
Honorary Professor, International Observatory on End-of-Life Care at Lancaster University

Challenges and Opportunities of a Social Work Director of a Palliative Medicine Consult Service – Colleen Mulkerin, MSW, LCSW
Director, Palliative Medicine Consult Service, Hartford Hospital


The Courage to Be a Caregiver – Debra Parker Oliver, MSW, PHD, Professor, University of Missouri, Department of Family and Community Medicine

Call for Sponsors and Exhibitors

SWHPN invites you to participate as a sponsor or exhibitor at our 2013 General Assembly.

Click here for details on sponsorship levels and exhibition opportunities.

To learn more about sponsorship, exhibition space or for special requests, please contact SWHPN Membership and Marketing Manager Janice Fristad, LCSW, at 703-474-6202 or email

As a sponsor or exhibitor, your organization will have public recognition of your work in the hospice and palliative care community and opportunities to reach new and experienced professionals and educators in palliative, hospice and end-of-life care, including but not limited to social workers, nurses, physicians, counselors, psychologists, pastoral care counselors and bereavement workers.


Assembly participants will learn to:

  • Improve care by identifying and developing best practices and core competencies in psychosocial and spiritual palliative care
  • Advance psychosocial knowledge and skills of social workers and interdisciplinary palliative care professionals
  • Promote innovations and emerging research within social work and other palliative care disciplines
  • Explore policy issues, ethics, new legislation, advocacy and empowerment
  • Strengthen connections between psychosocial practice, education, research and policy in social work and other palliative care professions

Participation in the SWHPN General Assembly is limited to registered attendees. SWHPN members will have discounted registration. Join today!

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