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Creating Impact


SWHPN is deeply committed to fostering excellence in psychosocial research, education, collaboration and clinical practice across the field of interdisciplinary hospice and palliative care.


From policy work in national psychosocial coalitions to interdisciplinary collaboration with care networks to advocacy for improved funding and caregiving resources, SWHPN advocates for care and caregivers. SWHPN members and the SWHPN network make an impact. 


The Journal of Social Work in End-of-Life and Palliative Care

Published quarterly, the journal showcases original research and conceptual articles exploring issues crucial to individuals with serious, life-threatening, and life-limiting illnesses and their families across the lifespan. Full access is available to members only.










Position Papers

Members are currently involved with a variety of advocacy efforts at the national policy level, such as helping write the Institute of Medicine's "Dying in America" report.












Professional Development

Edited by leaders in the field, these reference guides are excellent sources for understanding standards of care in the fields of palliative care and oncology social work.

Textbook of Palliative
Social Work

Oxford Press



Edited by Terry Altilio and Shirley Otis-Green


Handbook of Oncology Social Work 

Oxford Press



Edited by Grace Christ, Carolyn Bessmer, and Lynn Behar









Handbook of Palliative Care (2nd edition, 2009; edited by Max Watson, Caroline Lucas, Andrew Hoy, and Jo Wells)
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