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2024 Virtual Conference:

Empowering Through Transitions


Up to 9 continuing education (CE) credits will be offered to social workers who attend live

About the Conference


Though we are unable to meet in person, we're excited to bring the only national conference for hospice and palliative care social workers back for 2024! Like our annual assemblies, our 2024 event will feature leading research, innovative clinical practices, educational strategies, and case narratives from clinicians, researchers, and leaders in hospice and palliative care.

Our conference sessions will include discussions on caregiving, clinical interventions and practice, pediatrics, equity, accessibility, policy, ethics, grief, bereavement, and more.


You can register for either Friday or Saturday, or you can choose to attend both days of the conference. 

Reduced rates are available for students and those who do not need CE credit.

See below to learn more about 2024 Virtual Conference Registration. SWHPN members receive a $135 discount on conference registration!


Virtual Conference Registration Information

Register by February 29 for early bird pricing!

Full Conference

Friday and Saturday

(Up to 9 CEs)


$225 on or before 2/29/24

$270 after 2/29/24

$360 on or before 2/29/24

$405 after 2/29/24

Friday 4/12

Sessions Only

(up to 6 CEs)




Saturday 4/13

Sessions Only

(Up to 3 CEs)




Member Rate

No CE Credit

Non-Member Rate


Highlights from the program

The Friday portion of the 2024 Virtual Conference will begin at 11:00 am Eastern (8:00 am Pacific) and end at 6:35 pm Eastern (3:35 pm Pacific).

Opening Welcome & SWHPN Annual Report

11:00 AM EST |

8:00 AM PST

Bringing Your Self to Your Practice

11:30 am EST |

8:30 am PST

Death and Renewal in the Evolution of Healthcare: Losses, Transition and Seeds of Hope

5:30 pm EST |

2:30 pm PST

6.0 Continuing Education Credits


Making Change Happen: What You Can Do Today


11:05 am EST | 

8:05 am PST


The Palliative Story Exchange

1:15 pm EST |

1:15 am PST

3.0 Continuing Education Credits


Total CEs for Friday and Saturday


Continuing Education Hours

(6 on Friday | 3 on Saturday)


What people are saying

I had been a hospice social worker for 10 years and had recently made the transition to inpatient palliative care social work. I thought with 10 years under my belt this would be a seamless transition. I was wrong. I went from feeling like a highly competent professional to feeling like an impostor. All I wanted was to be able to help these patients and families I was encountering day to day. In the midst of my professional crisis I learned about SWHPN and their upcoming conference in New Orleans.

My experience at the conference was transformative. I connected with other social workers going through what I was going through. From all of the sessions I attended I was able to build a new foundation for my clinical practice. In the months following the conference this new foundation renewed my sense of competence, meaning, and purpose. This experience is what has sustained my passion for SWHPN and its role in supporting hospice and palliative care social workers nationwide.

Chris Onderdonk

Keynote Highlight

Making Change Happen: What You Can Do Today


Kimberly D. Acquaviva, PhD, MSW, CSE, FNAP

As social workers, we share a commitment to advocacy and social change. Given the current political tensions in the United States, however, knowing where to start – and how – can feel overwhelming.  In this session, Kim will explore practical strategies that hospice and palliative care social workers can use to advocate for patients and families and influence systemic change. This session provides practical tools for social workers to become more effective advocates in their field. The presenter will share personal examples of how she has used her social work skills to advocate for policy changes, both big and small.


What people are saying

I vividly recall joining SWHPN and attending my first annual conference in San Diego (2014). As a member of this organization, I have made lifelong friends, attended workshops to learn new skills and gained confidence to move into leadership roles. Without a doubt, SWHPN been the most important professional network I’ve been a part of.

Esther Hope Ammon


Meet Our Sponsors

A favorite collaboration partner of SWHPN, NYU Silver’s Zelda Foster Studies Program in Palliative and End-of-Life Care (PELC) encompasses a range of initiatives designed to develop and mentor the next generation of social work leaders in palliative and end-of-life care with a social justice mission that includes increasing provider diversity and access for under-served populations. The program is named in memory of Zelda Foster, a pioneer in the hospice and palliative care movement who taught in the post-master’s certificate program at NYU Silver School of Social Work. 

Learn more about Zelda's approach to mentorship during our special joint event on May 1, 2024.


Visit their website for information on their Post Master's Certificate and their Leadership Fellowship programs, and become a part of the Zelda community today! 

Fordham University Graduate School of Social Service offers a Palliative Care Fellowship to MSW students that is in its 11th year. The mission of the Fellowship is to educate and develop social workers skilled in delivering high-quality palliative and end-of-life care to individuals and families, with cultural humility and respect for patient self-determination, to contribute specialist palliative social workers to the workforce.

The Palliative Care Fellowship includes an internship working with seriously ill individuals and their family members in inpatient, outpatient, community-based and hospice care settings; two courses (Palliative Social Work; Grief, Loss, and Bereavement); support and mentoring; a dedicated Field Seminar led by an experienced palliative social worker; workshops in bioethics and other topics; and a small scholarship.

Visit their website to learn more and start planning the next steps of your career.


Continuing Education Information

Social Work Hospice + Palliative Care Network (SWHPN), #1716, is approved as a provider for social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB), through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Social Work Hospice & Palliative Care Network aka SWHPN maintains responsibility for the program. ASWB Approval Period: 7/18/2023 – 7/18/2026.


Social workers should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval for continuing education credits. Social workers participating in this conference can receive up to 9 (nine) continuing education clock hours.

SWHPN members receive a $135 discount on conference registration!

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