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SWHPN is proud to release the program for this year's General Assembly! 

Please see below for details on each session, including titles and topic areas.

Session 1: Monday, March 12, 9:45 - 10:45 am  
Title Topic Area

Digital Storytelling as a Social Work Intervention for Bereaved Family Members presented by Abigail Rolbiecki, PhD, MSW, MPH

Through Our Lens: A Photovoice Project with Teens Who Have a Parent with Cancer presented by Melissa Lundquist, MSW, PhD LGSW

Innovation & Research

Advance Care Planning: Redesigning Patient-Centered Care presented by Christine Wilkins, PhD, LCSW

Placing Patients First -3 years of Patient Centered Care Conferences presented by Christina Kulp, LCSW, ACHP-SW

Care Across the Continuum; Communication & Decision-Making

Palliative Care Social Work Champion Program:  An Evolving Model for Training Social Workers in Generalist Palliative Care presented by Dory Hottensen, LCSW

Educating our Future Colleagues: Creating an MSW Practicum presented by Christa Burke, MSW, LCSW, ACHP-SW

Educ / Professional Development

Working with Non-Physical Suffering: Results from an Exploratory Study presented by Maxxine Rattner, MSW, RSW

Individual Meaning-Centered Psychotherapy: An Introductory Review in the Treatment of Existential Distress presented by Jordan Nichols, LCSW, ACHP-SW

Clinical Practice / Innovation & Research
LGBTQIQA-Inclusive Hospice and Palliative Care presented by Rhonda Davis, MDiv, MSW, LCSW Special Popualtions; Innovation & Research
"It's my Body!": Assisting Adolescents and Their Families Through Joint Decision Making in Life Sustaining Treatments presented by Caitlin Scanlon, MSW Pediatrics (Special Pops); Clinical Practice
Building Moral Communities for Reflection and Dialogue presented by David Browning, MSW, LICSW, & Susan Gerbino, PhD, LCSW Education & Prof Development
Living on the Fringe: Palliative Social Workers as Advocates from Practice to Policy and Beyond presented by Myra Glajchen, DSW; Gary Stein, JD, MSW; & Donna Zhukovsky, MD Diversity & Inclusion, Ethics / Policy & Advocacy, Special Populations & Cultures
Session 2: Monday, March 12, 11:00 am -12:00 pm   
Title Topic Area

"What can I tell my children?" Supporting palliative and hospice patients with young children presented by Katie Aliberti, MA, MSW, LCSW, ACHP-SW

Overlooked and misunderstood: The adolescent/young adult experience and the role of the palliative care team presented by Liz Elmquist, LMSW

Pediatrics (Special Pops); Clinical Practice

Flipping the Focus: Palliative Care as a Platform for Interprofessional Education presented by Iris Fineberg, PhD, M.S.W., OSW-C

Social Work Leadership through Physician Education presented by Delia Cortez, LCSW - Santa Monica UCLA Palliative Care SW

Prof Development; Interdisciplianry Collaboration

Honoring Our Veterans: A Special Project to Recognize the Needs of Vets presented by Wendy Sontag, MSW/LISW

Masculinity, Manhood, and Manliness: The Psychosocial Challenges for Prostate Cancer Survivors presented by Les Gallo-Silver

Special Populations 

Is it because you think we can't pay? When Culture and Communication Clash at End of Life presented by Susannah Plocher, LGSW, MPAff, & Anne Kelemen,  LICSW, ACHP-SW

Medical and Social Factors Contributing to Length of Stay in the Hospital presented by Maggie Gavin, MSW,  & Myra Glajchen, DSW

Clinical Practice; Interdisciplinary Collaboration
All We Need is a Little Hope: The Therapeutic Power of Hope as an End-of-Life Intervention presented by Stephanie Wladkowski, PhD, LMSW, ACHP-SW Clinical Practice; Interdisciplinary Collaboration
Hospice and African-American Referrals: Perceptions of Non-Physician Medical Providers presented by Talisha Mills, LMSW, ACHP-SW Special Popualtions; Innovation & Research
Making Trauma Work Sustainable:  Shifting the Paradigm from Passive to Active presented by Catherine Arnold, MSW, LICSW Education / Prof Development
Moral Distress - There IS something we can do about it! presented by Emily Browning, M.Div., MSW, LCSW, ACHP-SW, & Lori Eckel,  LCSW, ACHP-SW  Ethics / Advocacy

It'll Take a Miracle!- The Role of the Palliative Care Clinician Engaging Families Who Are Hoping for a Miracle presented by Rachel Rusch, MSW, MA

Soooo Misunderstood: The Role of the Palliative Care Social Worker on the Interdisciplinary Team presented by Lynn Skubiszewski, LCSW, & Sara Dado, LCSW

Clinical Practice; Interdisciplinary Collaboration
 Session 3: Monday, March 12, 1:30pm -2:30pm  
 Title  Topic Area

Dipping Your Toes into the Realm of Spirituality presented by Sue Best, MSW, LCSW

The powerful effect of Reiki and "energy healing" techniques at the end of life presented by Elizabeth Giele, MSW, LICSW, ACHP-SW


Helping policy makers create death with dignity policies presented by Roxroy Reid, PhD, LCSW

Addressing Practicalities: Integrating a Medical Legal Partnership in the care of the Palliative Care Population presented by Catherine Rogers, LMSW

 Policy & Advocacy

Revising the Palliative Care Biopsychosocialspiritualsexual Assessment for Elders presented by Louisa Daratsos, PhD, LCSW

Palliative Care Disparities: Exploring Barriers to Acces and Use of Services in Diverse Older Adults presented by Dan GardnerPhD, LCSW

 Special Populations (Older Adults)
We're Not Trained for This: The Role of Social Workers in Enhancing Palliative Care Clinic Practices for Patients with Substance Use Disorders presented by Erin Bagwell, LCSW Clinical Practice; Interdisciplinary Collaboration
Palliative sedation: What is it and what is my role as a hospice social worker? presented by N. Rose Gaston, MSW, LGSW Education / Prof Development; Clinical Practice
Dying Without a Home- How Hospice and Palliative Care can grapple with homelessness presented by Adam Schoenfarber, LCSW Special Popualtions; Innovation & Research
Taking bereavement support online presented by Shelly Cory & Andrea Warnick, RN, MA Innovation & Research
Anticipatory Grief and Complex Bereavement Counseling Issues for "Orphaned" Adult Children presented by Les Gallo-Silver  Clinical Practice
Session 4: Monday, March 12, 2:45pm -3:45pm  
 Time  Topic Area

Training social workers to take leadership in renal advance care planning: Lessons learned presented by Joan Berzoff, MSW, Ed.D 

Training Champions: An Interprofessional Educational Program Designed to Promote Palliative Care as Standard of Care presented by Frances Eichholz Heller, LMSW, ACHP-SW

 Professional development

 A Fellowship in Pediatric Palliative Care: The experiences of social workers presented by Arden O'Donnell, MPH, MSW, LICSW

Psychosocial Collaboration for Hospice and Palliative Care Patients in a Children's Hospital presented by Martha Schermer, LICSW, ACHP-SW

 Pediatric / Special Populations; Innovation & Research

Sorry for Your Loss: An Analysis of Grief Experience Narratives Posted Online presented by Allison Gibson, PhD, MSW

Narratives in Medicine: Writing for personal and professional resilience in palliative and End of Life Care presented by Katherine Walsh, Ph.D. MSW, LICSW

 Innovations / Self Care

The SAGE Program: Social Work Innovation in Primary Palliative Care presented by Catherine Arnold, MSW, LICSW

Understanding Care Transitions for Direct Care Workers in End-of-Life Care presented by Stephanie Wladkowski, PhD, LMSW, ACHP-SW

 Interdisciplinary Collaboration; 
 Encountering the Mystical in Clinical Practice presented by Eunice Gorman Ryan, RN,
What is Quality Care in Serious Illness? Forging New Models from Evidence-based Outcomes presented by Deb Waldrop, PhD, LMSW; Susan Enguidanos, PhD, MPH; & John Cagle, MSW, PhD  Care Across the Continuum; Innovation & Research
National Consensus Project (NCP) Clinical Practice Guidelines for Quality Palliative Care presented by Gwynn Sullivan, MSN, & Tracy Schroepfer, PhD  Education/Prof Development
Providing Psycho-social Care Across Linguistic and Cultural Barriers by Effective Partnering with Medical Interpreters presented by Jessica Goldhirsch, LCSW, MSW, MPH  Diversity & Inclusion, Special populations & cultures