Program Sessions by Track

Day One: Monday, March 16, 2020


Monday Morning: Session I Lunch Roundtables Monday Afternoon: Session II Monday Afternoon: Session III

Monday Afternoon: Session IV

Leadership, Professional Development, and Ethics

Elevating palliative social work leadership: Articulating our roles and value

Iris C. FIneberg, PhD, MSW, ACSW, OSW-C, FNAP, FAOSW

Shirley Otis-Green, MSW, MA, ACSW, LCSW, OSW-C, FNAP


Strategic Positioning of Hospices for the Next Generation of End of Life Care

Timothy G. Ihrig, MD, MA

Documenting the Inpatient Palliative Care Social Worker's Contribution to Care: Using the electronic medical record to measure clinical activities congruent with quality improvement goals

Jennifer Christophel Lichti, LCSW


Direct Practice Evaluation for Palliative Social Workers: Developing Outcomes for Practice

Stacy Remke, LICSW, APHSW-C

Pediatrics and Young Adults

The Perseverance Project: Assessing What Builds Steadfastness while Coping with Chronic and Complex Pediatric Illness

Rachel Rusch, MSW, MA



Contingent Hope: A Theoretical Framework for Interpreting How Young Adults Living with Advanced Cancer Engage Hope

Jennifer Currin-McCulloch, Ph.D, MSW, BA

Barbara Jones, Ph.D, MSW, FNAP

Sibling Survival Strategies: Interventions for siblings of children with life-threatening illnesses and those facing the end of life

Nancy Cincotta, LCSW, MPhil

Rhonda Ryan, LMSW

Working In Perinatal Palliative Care: Embracing Families As They Say Hello and Goodbye to Their Dying Baby

Solimar Santiago-Warner, LCSW



Clinical Practice

An Evidence-Based Training Program for Clinicians to Provide Grief Support to Families Grieving a Death by Overdose

Katherine Supiano, Ph.D, LCSW, APHSW-C, F-GSA, FT, APHSW-C

APHSW-C Certification Roundtable

Gary Gardia, Barbara Head, and Jennifer Halpern

Maintaining Intimacy through Serious Illness

Katelyn Ciarelli, LCSW, MSW


Whose Pain Is It Anyway?: Palliative Care and the Parallel Process of Parent-Provider Distress

Kristin Drouin, MSW, LICSW, APHSW-C


Life Care Planning: Are you Prepared?

Deborah Anne Ahern, LICSW, LCSW-C, ACHP-SW

Nancy Greenstreet, LCSW

Cultural Competency

Trauma Informed Care - Learning from work with Holocaust Survivors at End-of-Life

Lisa Kronenberg, MSW, RSW


Caring for the Whole Person: Why Social Workers should be Spiritually Inclusive

Lauren Geldon, MSW

Advance Care Planning and the Need for Cultural Competence in Clinical Practice

Karen Bullock, Ph.D, MSW, BA

Gloria Thomas Anderson, Ph.D, LMSW

Increasing Sensitivity in Clinical Practice with the Transgender Population



Innovations, Technology, New & Emerging Research

An Innovative Social Work Driven Program Partnering a CBO with Urban Hospital Systems

Lori Hardoon, LCSW

Jessica LaFlam, LMSW


The Status of Palliative Care Social Work in Skilled Care: Pilot of an innovative social work led intervention

Jessica Retrum, PhD, MSSW

Laurel Tropeano, LCSW, APHSW-C

mHealth in Palliative and End of Life Care: Innovative Interventions for Older Adults with Serious Illness and their Caregivers and Family

Jennifer Portz, Ph.D, MSW

Palliative Care Knowledge: Is Technology a Blessing or a Curse?

Deborah Hoe, MA, MSocSc

Mandong Liu, MSSW

Yujun Zhu

Memorial Tattoos: Advancing Continuing Bonds Theory

Susan Cadell

Melissa Reid Lambert, 



Welcoming death: Understanding caregivers' experiences with pre-death grief and loss

Cynthia Hovland, Ph.D, MSSW, BSW, LWS

Students & New to Hospice and Palliative Care

Responding to Suffering: A Palliative Social Worker's Approach

Jennifer Hopping, LCSW


Leveraging Social Work Skills to Improve Access to Palliative Care: Outcomes Using a Psychosocial Assessment Tool

Kennan Moore, MSW, LCSW

Brittany Fuentes, MSW, LCSW

Elevating and Refining Active Listening as a Core Practice Skill,

Megan Prescott, LCSW, HEC-C





Advanced Topics

Working with People in the Midst of Grief: Sustaining our Personal Selves

Susan Gerbino, PhD, LCSW



How Many People Died At Your Job Today? Research Using Terror Management Theory to Understand How Hospice and Palliative Clinicians Cope with Death Anxiety

Abigail Nathanson, LCSW, ACS, APHSW-C

Danielle Fay Jonas, MSW, LCSW

Chronic Sorrow - A Living Loss in Palliative Care

Denise Powers Fabian, MSSA, LISW-S


Developing Prognostic Awareness: Top of the license or not in our job description

Arden O'Donnell MPH, MSW, LICSW, APHSW-C

Barbara Anderson Head, PhD, CHPN, ACSW, FPCN, APHSW-C

Topics in Social Work Education


Teaching Grief and Loss to MSW Students Online: How to Teach Presence Without Being Present

Suzanne Marmo, PhD, LCSW

Patricia Carl-Stannard MSW, LCSW

Topics in Leadership


 Family Caregiving is Dangerous Work: Implications and Palliative Social Work Practice

Christine Burns, LMSW


Integrating Mindfulness Based Interventions with Seriously Ill  Patients and Their Caregivers

Stephanie Hampel, LMSW


Grief Doesn't End Here: Implementation Bereavement Support in a Hospital-Based Palliative Care Program

Sarah Miller, LCSW


Telenovela: A New Forum for Educating Caregivers

Debra Parker Oliver, PhD, MSW


Social Work Model Visits: What are they and why they work?

Karen L. Short, LCSW, ACHP-SW, APHSW-C


Are as helper in times of trouble: Experimenting with are in therapeutic practice with bereaved children

Julia Wedeles, MSW

Once in a Galaxy Far Away: Moving Community Based Palliative Care to The Joint Commission Universe

Russell Kieffer, LCSW 

Andrea Strouth, MSW, LCSW