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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!


Tags:  palliative care  payments  reform  social work  social worker  survey  swhpn 

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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



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.



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. 

Social Work Hospice and Palliative Care Network • 1521 Second Ave #609 • Seattle, WA 98101

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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.


Tags:  awards  gerontology  grants  palliative care  PCORI  susan enguidanos  USC 

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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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New Year, New Name: The SWHPN Voice

Posted By Natalie Kovacic, Thursday, January 5, 2017

 Our quarterly newsletter has a new name! SWHPN is pleased to bring you the fifth edition of our e-newsletter, now 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: "We remain committed to advancing hospice and palliative social work through the Annual Assembly, the Journal of Social Work in End-of-Life & Palliative Care, newsletter, and other resources, and we are planning and implementing a broad range of exciting new educational and advocacy initiatives for 2017. Join with us at this exciting time of growth and expansion. Share your ideas and let us know how you can contribute!"


In Home Health Care News, Amy Baxter summarizes the landscape of potential changes, including a continued shift toward the value-based purchasing reimbursement model and modifications to the fundamental structure of the Medicare program. Read more.

Calling Social Workers to Action: In the most recent edition of the Journal of Social Work in End-of-Life & Palliative Care, Judy Peres asserts that attention to holistic care at the individual level must accompany attention to systemic problems in financing, policy, and service delivery. Read more. (Journal access is for current SWHPN members only; go to and log in to your account before clicking on the link).

Foundational Considerations for Serving LGBTQI Community Members: In this Practice Update, Rebecca Armendariz, MSW 2017, explores the role social workers can play in mediating attitudes and assumptions about LGBTQI people while facilitating changes to policies and procedures that affect healthcare experiences and the well-being of this population. Read more

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

Click on the image to read the full newsletter:



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 Publication is not guaranteed, and SWHPN reserves the right to edit any submissions for length or clarity.




If you know someone who would benefit from The SWHPN Voice, please share it! See our past newsletters.




The last day to take advantage of the early bird rate for the SWHPN 2017 General Assembly is Wednesday, January 18th! Join us in at the Scottsdale Resort, February 19-21, for "We're All In: Advancing Inclusive Practice in Hospice and Palliative Social Work." More info inside the SWHPN Voice and on our website.






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Early bird registration for SWHPN 2017 extended!

Posted By Natalie Kovacic, Wednesday, January 4, 2017
Updated: Wednesday, January 4, 2017


Due to requests from members and participants, we have extended the early bird registration deadline for the 2017 General Assembly until midnight PST on Wednesday, January 18, 2017.


The early bird rate offers exceptional value as the 2-day pass includes access to plenaries, conference sessions, and conference materials, as well as coffee breaks, lunches, access to the exhibition hall, and meaningful networking opportunities! View the 2017 General Assembly program.


Happy New Year from SWHPN!


CEUs for the General Assembly will be awarded by the Arizona Chapter of NASW. A total of 17 contact hours is available: 3 hours per pre-conference session, and 11 hours total for attending both days of the General Assembly. Hours will be tabulated for each attendee, and certificates will be sent after the conference is completed. Please check the reciprocity rules for CEUs in your state.


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Year-end update: a message from Dr. Grace Christ and the SWHPN Board

Posted By Natalie Kovacic, Tuesday, December 13, 2016

After last year’s General Assembly meeting in Chicago of 400 participants, we began to work on developing a stronger organizational structure to support and educate our members. Our accomplishments this year have included the following:

  • The ongoing development of an evidence-based specialty certification program for hospice and palliative social workers. Dr. Barbara Head is the lead on this program, and we are grateful for her hard work, as well as the committee of our board that has worked on developing this certification. Enthusiastic letters of support for the SWHPN certification were received from a remarkably broad range of organizations and individuals including: the National Association of Social work (NASW), the National Coalition of Hospice and Palliative Care (which includes multiple interdisciplinary palliative care professions and organizations), the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE), the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO), and the Association of Oncology Social Work, among many others. We will keep you updated on our progress.
  • SWHPN has developed a highly rated quarterly newsletter this year, edited by John Cagle, PhD, from the University of Maryland. The SWHPN Voice is now in preparation of its fourth issue. This newsletter provides in-depth discussion of a range of curated social work and psychosocial articles for our members’ education and development.
  • The SWHPN Weekly News Brief was created to provide updated information from the larger hospice and palliative care community. The News Brief additionally provides the opportunity to market educational and training programs to over 5,000 professionals and organizations.
  •  A new, state-of-the-art Career Center has been recently constructed to offer opportunities for professionals and providers to obtain qualified employment and employees.

Your donation will help us sustain these new initiatives and continue to offer programs and resources to the community of hospice and palliative social workers we serve.

We are so grateful for your support of social work and SWHPN over these years of our formation and development. Your year-end, tax-deductible gift will enable us to further our goals of providing more of the best possible education and training in psychosocial palliative care. Any donation up to $3000 will be matched by an anonymous donation made to SWHPN for this purpose.


Thank you, as always, for your continued support of our network.




Grace Christ, DSW/PhD

Chair, Social Work Hospice & Palliative Care Network

Professor Emeritus Chair, Columbia University School of Social Work


Gary L. Stein, JD, MSW


Vice Chair, Social Work Hospice & Palliative Care Network

Wurzweiler School of Social Work






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