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SWHPN 2018: Forging New Models in Hospice & Palliative Care - the call for abstracts is now open!

Posted By Natalie Kovacic, Tuesday, June 27, 2017


We are pleased to announce, and hope you will join us, as we once again share the richness of our experiences and research together at the SWHPN 2018 General Assembly! The 6th annual event will take place March 11-13, 2018 at the beautiful Boston Park Plaza hotel, located just minutes from the Boston Common.

 

The theme of this year’s conference is Forging New Models of Hospice and Palliative Care Through Practice, Research, and Education. We will explore new ideas, discuss the innovative ways we work, and create new models together, improving hospice and palliative practice for ourselves, each other, and those we serve.

 

The 2018 Call for Abstracts is now open! You can find more information, and an abstract submission guide, on our website. The deadline to submit is September 1, 2017.

 

Please feel free to circulate this announcement within your networks. We look forward to receiving your abstract submissions and to seeing you in Boston in March! Early bird registration opens July 15, 2017.

 


  

Not yet a member of SWHPN? Join today and save over $100 on registration for the 2018 General Assembly.

 

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Wurzweiler School of Social Work seeking three new faculty members

Posted By Natalie Kovacic, Wednesday, May 17, 2017

 

WSSW Faculty Position Opening: HEALTH CARE / GERONTOLOGY / PALLIATIVE CARE

 

POSITION:  SOCIAL WORK PROFESSOR (Contract line, OPEN RANK) in the area of SOCIAL WORK PRACTICE, HEALTH CARE/GERONTOLOGY/PALLIATIVE CARE

Established in 1957, the Wurzweiler School of Social Work offers (WSSW) a "methods-based" curriculum and concentrations in clinical practice, social group work and community social work/administration. WSSW, enjoys an international reputation for academic excellence within the larger academic community of Yeshiva University.

EFFECTIVE DATE: Fall 2017                                       

SALARY RANGE: Commensurate with experience

The Wurzweiler School of Social Work at Yeshiva University in New York, NY seeks a contract line faculty member (rank commensurate with qualifications) for MSW/DSW program.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:  A Master’s Degree in Social Work from an accredited social work program and a DSW or a Ph.D. in Social Work or a doctoral degree in a related field; strong potential for excellence in teaching (classroom and on-line), and an ability to teach Practice and areas of Health Care and Mental Health. The candidate must articulate a clear, focused research agenda with plans for external funding.

DESIRED/PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS:  University teaching experience and a record of scholarly publications and successful grant activity, a demonstrated commitment to working with a thriving and diverse MSW/PhD student body and a faculty who values faculty governance and community partnerships.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

 •Teach social work research courses                                                            

 •Student mentoring and advisement

 •Engage in scholarly research and publication

 •Participate in ongoing program assessment and curriculum development      
 •Serve on program, college, and university committees

All applications must include a letter of intent addressing the minimum and desired/preferred qualifications, statement of teaching philosophy and research focus, curriculum vitae, two letters of recommendation and a writing example (copy of recent publications).

APPLICATION:  Review of applications will immediately, and will continue until the position is filled.  Applications should be filed electronically at: Beckerma@yu.edu

WSSW is committed to a policy of equal opportunity and nondiscrimination in accordance with the Commission on Accreditation and the Council on Social Work Education.



WSSW Faculty Position Opening:  MENTAL HEALTH/CLINICAL PRACTICE/TRAUMA

POSITION:  SOCIAL WORK PROFESSOR (Contract line, OPEN RANK) in the area of SOCIAL WORK PRACTICE, MENTAL HEALTH/CLINICAL PRACTICE/TRAUMA

Established in 1957, the Wurzweiler School of Social Work (WSSW) offers a "methods-based" curriculum and concentrations in clinical casework, social group work and community social work/administration. WSSW enjoys an international reputation for academic excellence within the larger academic community of Yeshiva University.

EFFECTIVE DATE: Fall 2017                                                        

SALARY RANGE: Commensurate with experience

The Wurzweiler School of Social Work at Yeshiva University in New York, NY seeks a contract faculty member (rank commensurate with qualifications) for MSW/DSW program.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:  A Master’s Degree in Social Work from an accredited social work program and a DSW or a Ph.D. in Social Work or a doctoral degree in a related field; strong potential for excellence in teaching (classroom and on-line), and an ability to teach Practice and areas of Health Care and Mental Health. The candidate must articulate a clear, focused research agenda with plans for external funding.

DESIRED/PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS:  University teaching experience and a record of scholarly publications and successful grant activity, a demonstrated commitment to working with a thriving and diverse MSW/PhD student body and a faculty who values faculty governance and community partnerships.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

 •Teach social work research courses                                                             
 •Student mentoring and advisement

 •Engage in scholarly research and publication

 •Participate in ongoing program assessment and curriculum development  

 •Serve on program, college, and university committees

All applications must include a letter of intent addressing the minimum and desired/preferred qualifications, statement of teaching philosophy and research focus, curriculum vitae, two letters of recommendation and a writing example (copy of recent publications).

APPLICATION:  Review of applications will immediately, and will continue until the position is filled.  Applications should be filed electronically at: Beckerma@yu.edu.

WSSW is committed to a policy of equal opportunity and nondiscrimination in accordance with the Commission on Accreditation and the Council on Social Work Education.



WSSW Faculty Position Opening: SOCIAL WORK RESEARCH

 POSITION:  SOCIAL WORK PROFESSOR (Contract line- Assistant/Associate) in the area of SOCIAL WORK RESEARCH (Quantitative and SSD)

Established in 1957, the Wurzweiler School of Social Work (WSSW) offers a "methods-based" curriculum and concentrations in clinical practice, social group work and community social work/administration. WSSW enjoys an international reputation for academic excellence within the larger academic community of Yeshiva University.

EFFECTIVE DATE: Fall 2017                                                        

SALARY RANGE: Commensurate with experience

The Wurzweiler School of Social Work at Yeshiva University in New York, NY seeks a contract line faculty member (rank commensurate with qualifications) for MSW/DSW program.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:  A Master’s Degree in Social Work from an accredited social work program and a DSW or a Ph.D. in Social Work or a doctoral degree in a related field; strong potential for excellence in teaching (classroom and on-line), and an ability to teach research (quantitative, qualitative, statistics and practice research). The candidate must articulate a clear, focused research agenda with plans for external funding.

DESIRED/PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS:  University teaching experience and a record of scholarly publications and successful grant activity, a demonstrated commitment to working with a thriving and diverse MSW/PhD student body and a faculty who values faculty governance and community partnerships. The School is seeking an Assistant or Associate Professor who can teach effectively in the areas of Generalist Practice, health/behavioral health/aging/social work and the military. This is an exciting position that will challenge the candidate to join a multicultural social work program in New York City, where colleagues teach, research and publish together and strive for excellence under the Yeshiva University banner.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

 •Teach social work Research (Quantitative/SSD)                                        

 •Student mentoring and advisement

 •Engage in scholarly research and publication

 •Participate in ongoing program assessment and curriculum development  

 •Serve on program, college, and university committees

All applications must include a letter of intent addressing the minimum and desired/preferred qualifications, statement of teaching philosophy and research focus, curriculum vitae, two letters of recommendation and a writing example (copy of recent publications).

APPLICATION:  Review of applications will immediately, and will continue until the position is filled.  Applications should be filed electronically at: Beckerma@yu.edu.

WSSW is committed to a policy of equal opportunity and nondiscrimination in accordance with the Commission on Accreditation and the Council on Social Work Education.

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The 6th edition of the SWHPN Voice is now online

Posted By Natalie Kovacic, Monday, May 15, 2017
 


SWHPN is once again pleased to bring you the next edition of our e-newsletter, The SWHPN Voice. Edited by Board Member John Cagle, the newsletter is designed to provide specific and current curated news on literature, education, research, policy, and practices in social work and psychosocial palliative care.

From Our Chair: "Efforts are underway to support the development of the Social Work Credential in Hospice and Palliative Care under the leadership of Dr. Barbara Head. Webinars and ongoing educational opportunities are also in preparation. Behind the scenes, we are working to update the website, and to improve the membership experience.

We are immensely grateful to all who participated in the preparation of the 5th annual assembly meeting in Phoenix, Arizona in February. Evaluations were overwhelmingly positive and instructive, as we begin preparing for the 6th Annual Assembly, to be held in Boston, MA on March 11-13, 2018."

 HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE MAY 2017 ISSUE

Healthcare: Where Do We Stand?: In this Policy Update, we provide a summarized look at a few policies proposed to replace the Affordable Care Act. Read more.

How Do You Deal with a Live Discharge From Hospice Care?: In this Practice Update,  Stephanie P. Wladkowski, PhD, LMSW, ACHP-SW explores the conflicting emotions, as well as practical strategies, for patients, caregivers, and social workers who are dealing with a live discharge from hospice. Read more

The SWHPN Voice includes additional research, policy updates, news, educational opportunities, and more.

Click on the image to read the full newsletter:
 

 

SHARE YOUR VOICE

 

We encourage current SWHPN members to submit news, events, resources, and research to The SWHPN Voice, which reaches over 5,000 professionals in our network. Please send submissions of 250 words or less directly to membership@swhpn.org. Publication is not guaranteed, and SWHPN reserves the right to edit any submissions for length or clarity.

 

SHARE THE NEWSLETTER

 

If you know someone who would benefit from The SWHPN Voice, please share it! See past editions of the SWHPN Voice here.
   

 

     
   

 

       

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We need your help! Important survey re: palliative care payment reforms

Posted By Natalie Kovacic, Wednesday, April 19, 2017


 

AAHPM has forwarded to SWHPN a draft proposal for palliative care payment reforms and we are being provided an opportunity to provide comments before April 24th. SWHPN wants to be certain that the proposal explicitly includes a mechanism to financially sustain the functions of palliative social work so social work isn't forever reliant on grants, donations, and the support of doctors to include us in their models. In order for SWHPN to do so, we need to insure that the projected costs for social workers providing palliative care services is accurate, and you can help SWHPN do so.

 

What SWHPN needs from you is information regarding your salaries, years of experience, licensing, caseload, etc. Below is a link to an anonymous very brief survey that contains only 11 questions.

 

SWHPN has extended the deadline for this survey to midnight EST on Friday, May 12th.

 

Thank you for your assistance with this important project!

 

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The verdict is in: #SWHPN17 one of our best conferences yet!

Posted By Natalie Kovacic, Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Many thanks to the over 350 social work professionals that attended the 5th Annual General Assembly last month in Scottsdale, Arizona! We weren't quite sure what to expect when Sunday started with a huge downpour, but over 110 people soon arrived to participate in the amazing in-depth classes of the pre-conference program! Over the next two days, the sun did indeed come out, a welcomed change for those of us escaping winter for a few days.

 

Between the stellar plenary presentations, and wide range of breakout and poster sessions, everyone was able to find opportunities for learning and sharing with colleagues from around the country. Conversations took place in the courtyard at lunch, around the restaurant and fire pit, and online through our Facebook and Twitter followings. It’s fair to say we all came away having learned a tremendous amount, feeling new pride in hospice and palliative social work, and ready to return to work recharged and empowered to lead our teams and provide services to our patients!

 

Miss the 2017 General Assembly? See the 2017 SWHPN General Assembly program here.

 


 

As many of you know, a hospice and palliative social work certification project is underwayThe initial step is to develop a job analysis/role delineation survey to be completed by social workers practicing in this specialty field.

 

In order to develop this survey, existing job descriptions of positions for hospice and palliative social workers are needed. These descriptions will remain confidential and will be used only to develop the survey. If you have a job description you’d be willing to share, please email it to Barbara Head, Principal Investigator for the project, at barbara.head@louisville.edu.

 


 

Thanks to all who attended the 2017 conference, one of our best yet! Stay tuned for announcements on #SWHPN18, March 2018 in Boston!

 

 

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SWHPN joins National Coalition colleagues in letter to Senator Ted Cruz on Palliative Care

Posted By Natalie Kovacic, Thursday, February 16, 2017


 

Dear SWHPN Members and Friends,

 

This past week, SWHPN crafted and signed on to a National Coalition for Hospice and Palliative Care letter to educate Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) about the nature and goals of palliative care.  In a CNN health care debate last week, Senator Cruz likened palliative care to “dop[ing] up” older adults “with some drugs” before their “time to go.”  With our Coalition member colleagues, we explained to the Senator the nature of palliative care, and its benefits to patients and their families for an improved quality of life.  We additionally opened the door to a meeting to introduce him to leaders in hospice and palliative care, and to discuss the importance of expanding access to palliative care in the U.S. health care system. (Click here to view the Coalition letter.)

 

Thank you for the important work you do for our clients and families.  SWHPN will continue to represent the field of palliative social work among our interprofessional colleagues, policy leaders, and the media. We welcome the opportunity to dialogue further at our 5th annual meeting in Scottsdale next week.  We look forward to seeing you there.

 

Sincerely,

Grace Christ, PhD, Chair, and Gary L. Stein, JD, MSW, Vice Chair

 

Click the image to view the letter from the National Coalition for Hospice and Palliative Care:

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Announcing the 2017 SWHPN Award Winners!

Posted By Natalie Kovacic, Wednesday, January 25, 2017
Updated: Tuesday, February 14, 2017
 
   

The Social Work Hospice and Palliative Care Network is proud to announce the winners of the 2017 SWHPN Awards, which recognizes leaders in the field for their contributions to hospice and palliative social work.

SWHPN and the awards committee congratulate the award winners for their outstanding achievements! Award winners will be formally recognized at the 5th Annual SWHPN General Assembly Luncheon on February 21st. Please join us there!

See the full awards descriptions and previous SWHPN Award winners here.



You now have the option of purchasing a one-day registration for the 2017 General Assembly, which provides an opportunity to attend any of the sessions on Monday, February 20th OR Tuesday, February 21st. The one-day rate includes lunch, coffee breaks, and all sessions scheduled for that day. One-day registrants can receive up to 5.5 CEUs for attending.

CEUs for the General Assembly will be awarded by the Arizona Chapter of NASW. Hours will be tabulated for each attendee, and certificates will be sent after the conference is completed. Please check the reciprocity rules in your state. 

     
     
 
  SWHPN is an association of social work professionals and organizations furthering the field of hospice and palliative care through championing best practices, education, research and policy. swhpn.org 

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Sign up for pre-conference workshops at SWHPN 2017

Posted By Natalie Kovacic, Monday, January 16, 2017
Updated: Monday, January 16, 2017
 

 

SWHPN is once again providing two sessions pre-conference workshops on Sunday, February 19, 2017: a morning session from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., and an afternoon session from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

These interactive, hands-on workshops are designed to offer the chance to learn from leaders in the field in a smaller, more intimate learning environment over an extended time period. Several of our most popular workshops from 2016 are back this year, in an expanded format!

Attendees can receive up to 3 CEUs per workshop, and lunch is included for those who attend both morning and afternoon sessions.

 

Morning Session: 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Foundations for Social Workers New to Palliative Care

Explore common clinical issues facing palliative care patients and families, including advance care planning, depression and anxiety management, family systems, the language we use, and clinical interventions such as cognitive re-framing, meaning-centered counseling, life review techniques, and more.

New this year: interested attendees will have the opportunity to participate in a pilot project that pairs them with mentors in the hospice/palliative care field over the 9 months following the conference. More details will be announced directly to attendees prior to the workshop.

 

Presenters: Vickie Leff, LCSW, BCD, ACHP-SW, Duke University Palliative Care; Anne Kelemen, LICSW, ACHP-SW, MedStar Washington

 

Doing What a Hospice Social Worker Does:

Effectively Communicating Our Skills, Knowledge, and Abilities

 

Learn how to facilitate conversations around goals of care, end of life decisions, hospice certification and recertification, revocation, transfer and discharge, determining hospice eligibility, and care of the actively dying patient and post-mortem care. You'll see initial patient visits and learn how to facilitate artful clinical interactions that maximize efficiency, impact, and value to the patient and family. 

Presenters: Cheri Rednour, LCSW, Hospice of the Valley, Phoenix, AZ; Eileen Sazama, LCSW, Hospice of the Valley, Phoenix, AZ; Reid Jacobs, MSW, LSW, ACHP-SW; The Denver Hospice & Optio Palliative Care, Denver, CO


Making the Connection Between Literature, Theory, Practice and Publication

 

Learn how you can contribute to the growing knowledge base in hospice and palliative social work, by learning strategies for integration of practice, evidence and outcome tracking to encourage quality. Participants will take part in a writer's workshop, organizing their thoughts on several topics to create the beginnings of several articles, as well learn about opportunities where posters can be a first step towards publication.

 

Presenters: Colleen Mulkerin, MSW, LCSW, Hartford Hospital, CT; Susan Cadell, MSW, Renison University College, University of Waterloo, Canada; Stacy S. Remke, MSW, LICSW, ACHP-SW, University of Minnesota. MN; Allie Shukraft, MAT, MSW, LCSWA, Levine Children’s Hospital, NC

 

Expanding the Social Work Role in Advance Care Planning: Enhancing Leadership and Clinical Excellence

 

Social work leaders will learn how to collaborate with colleagues to create innovative Advance Care Planning (ACP) programs that address the Institute of Healthcare Improvement's Triple Aim of healthcare reform: improving the patient experience of care, improving the health of populations, and reducing the per capita cost of health care. This workshop will provide evidence-informed practice models, provide skill-building opportunities and share resources to encourage participants to consider strategies that can be implemented within their own setting or service.

 

Presenter: Shirley Otis-Green, MSW, MA, ACSW, LCSW, OSW-C, Coalition for Compassionate Care of California

 

Afternoon Session: 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Advance Care Planning in Pediatrics: Navigating the Burden of Care

 

Experienced pediatric palliative care social workers will share a review of the literature, case examples, analysis of clinical experiences and discuss implications of efforts to address burdens of care with families. Insights from ethical and professional social work perspectives, identification of issues for social work leadership, and strategies for addressing this complex topic in clinical practice will be discussed.   

 

Presenters: Martha Schermer, LICSW, ACHP-SW, Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN; Stacy S. Remke, LICSW, ACHP-SW, University of MN

 

Aging Matters: Assessing and Intervening with Older Patients in Palliative Care

 

Learn the knowledge and skills you need to provide care for older palliative care clients. Topics to be presented include comprehensive assessment of the older adult, important physical considerations, interdisciplinary team care principles and skills, unique psychosocial concerns including caregiving issues and available resources. Attendees will be involved in role plays and case consultations demonstrating effective interventions with older clients. 

 

Presenters: Barbara Head, PhD, ACSW, RN; University of Louisville School of Medicine; Bridget Sumser, MSW, UCSF Medical Center, Winthrop University Hospital; Katherine Supriano, PhD, LCSW, FT; College of Nursing, University of Utah; Deborah Waldrop, PhD, MSW; University at Buffalo School of Social Work

 

Exploring Boundaries and Ethical Issues in Hospice and Palliative Care

 

This workshop will explore the complexity of ethical decision making for social workers in end-of-life care while highlighting the role of advocacy and empowerment within complex systems. Participants will have the opportunity to compare and contrast ethical decision making models to use them to guide potential decisions surrounding real-life case examples. Some examples may include the right to refuse treatment; assisted suicide; proxy decision making; and management of physical pain. 

 

Presenters: Cara L. Wallace, Ph.D, LMSW, Saint Louis University; Stephanie P. Wladkowski, PhD, LICSW, ACHP-SW, Eastern Michigan University; Beth Barrett, MSW, LCSW, CT, Saint Louis University

 

Embracing Accidental Leadership: Making the Most of Opportunities to Champion Social Work

 

Join social workers who have found themselves - often unexpectedly - in a range of situations that have called for unique skills and approaches to leadership in health care, as they reflect on key learning from their experiences. Through sharing of practical stories, they will provide participants with insights, ideas about leadership and favorite resources to help in efforts to advocate for social work and palliative care.

 

Presenters: Susan Blacker, MSW, RSW, St. Michael's Hospital, University of Toronto; Susan Hedlund, MSW, LCSW, OSW-C, Oregon Health and Science University



Pre-conference workshops cost $95 each, or $170 when you register for both morning and afternoon sessions (save $20 and lunch is included!).

 

Space is limited, and pre-conference workshops fill quickly, so sign up today!

 
 
     
     
 
 

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Board Member Susan Enguidanos receives $5 million funding award to advance palliative care in community-based setting

Posted By Natalie Kovacic, Tuesday, January 10, 2017


 

A research team led by SWHPN board member Susan Enguidanos at the University of Southern California Leonard Davis School of Gerontology aims to improve quality of life for seriously ill patients and their caregivers with a $5 million funding award approved by the Patient­ Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) to compare the effectiveness of two types of palliative care, primary care clinic­-based versus home­- based care.

 

People who receive palliative care, medical care focused on providing relief from the symptoms and stress of a serious illness, may live longer and have a better quality of life than people with similar illnesses who don’t receive such care, according to an Institute of Medicine Report. However, most palliative care programs are hospital­ based. Few offer care in the community despite findings that most Americans spend the vast majority of their last years of life living at home and that such care can prevent unnecessary hospitalizations and emergency department visits.

 

"This study represents a promising opportunity to extend care that seriously ill patients and their caregivers both need and want to a setting they prefer,” said Enguidanos, a palliative care expert and a professor at the USC Davis School.

 

Read the full press release here.

 

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Update: Evidence-Based Certification for Hospice and Palliative Social Workers

Posted By Natalie Kovacic, Tuesday, January 10, 2017


 

The Social Work Hospice and Palliative Network and the University of Louisville are proud to announce that funding has been received from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation for the purpose of developing an evidence-based specialty certification program for hospice and palliative social workers.

 

Read the full press release here.

 

Tags:  barbara head  certification  hospice  palliative care  SWHPN certification 

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