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Your Annual Review: Take The Wheel

Get reimbursement for your professional memberships, certifications, and professional development.

For many of us, it is annual review time: a time to reflect on our work with managers and supervisors, and an opportunity to remind them of the value, skills and expertise we bring to our work, our teams, and our patients.

It is also a time to request things for yourself! Although budgets are tight, it's important to advocate for yourself and your profession. Many of us do receive money for CME activities, such an professional conferences like SWHPN's.

Here are five things to do when asking your manager or supervisor for professional support:

1. List all of your clinical activities and educational efforts (including the clinical work you do with health care providers “on the fly”); and any research, QI or program development you do individually or as part of a group/team. Demonstrate how valuable you are!

2. Remind your superiors of the evidence based value of social work. Social workers not only impact the quality of patient/family care, but often the “bottom line” of the hospital, by reducing lengths of stays when we are involved in the case. We also solve problems with distressed patients and families facing complex personal and medical situations that are overwhelming their capacities, providing important communications support for the hospital and interdisciplinary team.

3. Demonstrate the importance of advanced certification. The upcoming certification of APHSW is the first and only test-based certification for social workers in the medical field, and will, hopefully, lead to billing options in the future. It is critical that we all have advanced certification in the field of Palliative Care and Hospice. Your institution can support you in this effort by paying for your SWHPN membership and APHSW registration fee. The cost for SWHPN membership of $125 annually. The cost of the upcoming certification is $275 for members/$450 for non-members – a savings of $50 for members for a total request of $400 - giving you an advanced certification and the benefits of SWHPN membership. No matter what you're requesting, always ask for the specific amount.

4. Ask for support to attend professional conferences, usually limited to one. Of course, we would love for you to attend SWHPN 2019, to be held in Orlando (as will AAHPM and HPNA), and our 2019 costs (to be announced soon!) are still far less than AAHPM and HPNA. Between registration, travel and accommodations, $1,500 is a reasonable request to start with.

At our first event in 2012, less than 50% of SWHPN conference attendees received support from their institutions/hospices to attend; this year, that number has jumped to almost 80%! More and more participants are receiving support from their employers.

In many/most medical institutions and hospices it is standard to provide continuing education and membership fee money to MD’s and NP’s. It should be the same for social work. We are a valued member of the team and do important clinical, educational, and program work.















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Announcing the APHSW-C Certification Program

The Social Work Hospice and Palliative Network is proud to announce the Advanced Palliative Hospice Social Worker Certification (APHSW-C) Program, the first evidence-based specialty certification program for hospice and palliative social workers.

Led by Dr. Barbara Head, and an advisory committee of educators, administrators, and practitioners, the APHSW-C Certification Program is the culmination of two years of work developing the first-ever testing and certification process specifically for hospice and palliative social workers. Unlike other certification programs, the APHSW-C designation requires verification of knowledge and competency based on passing an exam specifically and scientifically constructed to reflect the essential knowledge and skills required for specialty practice. Now established, social workers practicing in this specialty can apply for certification. The first administration of the test is scheduled for January 2019.

This program now provides a process by which a social worker's qualifications (knowledge, skills, abilities and experience) are verified for practice in hospice and palliative care. The certification may be preferred or required employment criteria or may be an expectation of accrediting bodies. Employers may expect new hires to work toward this specialty certification knowing that it validates their ability to practice in the field.

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Defining Palliative Care Social Work: Moving the Needle

Many of us, as palliative care social workers, have been thinking about how we can best describe what we do as clinicians, researchers, educators, within our medical institutions. In the setting of so many changes that have happened to medical social workers and case management over the past years, the social worker on the palliative care team are often caught between two or more worlds! These worlds and descriptions don’t always have the capacity to stretch and grow as the PC-CSW role has grown over the years. That has been our experience.

SWHPN Board Member Vickie Leff, LCSW, BCD is trying to change that, in the hope that we can help each other, learn from each other, and elevate the level of understanding of PC-CSW in hospital systems. At Duke, Vickie, along with Kristen Lakis, LCSW, Pediatric QoL Team, is working on not only developing new job descriptions that encompass the psychosocial, program, research, etc. that we do, but also reflect a vision for professional development both on the team and in the field. 

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Presentation Materials for Conference

Hello all conference attendees!  

We have uploaded all the presentation materials we have received here: http://www.swhpn.org/2018-conference-program

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New Post-MSW Palliative Care Social Work Fellowship at Montefiore Medical Center

Montefiore Medical Center

Palliative Care Social Work Fellowship Program

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SWHPN 2018 AWARDS RECIPIENTS

Each year, SWHPN members nominate their peers to recognize outstanding achievements in social work hospice and palliative care.  Winners are then recognized at the annual General Assembly.  We are pleased to announce this year’s winners, and will showcase their work on Monday, March 12, 2018, at the 6th Annual General Assembly in Boston, MA.  


Allison “Allie” Shukraft, MSW, MAT, Carolinas Healthcare System has been selected to receive the 2018 Emerging Leader Award.  This Award is designed to honor a palliative social worker with six or less years of experience in the field who has already demonstrated significant contributions. Emerging Leaders show potential to move the field forward and evidence of excellence and innovation in any of the following areas: professional practice, leadership, research, education, and/or policy and advocacy work.

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Donate to SWHPN!

As the year draws to a close, please consider a donation to SWHPN, a 501(c)3 organization. Your gift is 100% tax-deductible, and supports programming and education for social workers in the hospice and palliative care fields. Donate by clicking on the secure PayPal button below!

Thank you for supporting SWHPN!

Deadline Extended for 2018 SWHPN Awards Nominations!

This award is designed to honor a hospice or palliative social worker with six or less years of experience in the field who has already demonstrated significant contributions. Emerging Leaders should show potential to move the field forward and evidence of excellence and innovation in any of the following areas: professional practice, leadership, research, education, and/or policy and advocacy work. Criteria: The nominee demonstrates:

 Excellence in professional practice, leadership, research, education or policy and advocacy work as demonstrated by:

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Nominate Your Colleagues for the 2018 SWHPN Awards!

Nominate your colleagues for the 2018 SWHPN Awards!

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4 Things You May Not Know About Treating Veterans with PTSD

The National Center for PTSD has resources available to help those affected by the recent hurricanes as well as the tragic events in Las Vegas and the CA Wildfires.  They are also offering services to providers treating anyone (both Vets and non-Vets) who is coping with the psychological effects of these events with their Consultation Program.  

We are posting on their behalf this list about treating Veterans with PTSD.  Please visit their site for more information.

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Credentialing Webinar

Join us on Tuesday, September 26 from 1:00-2:00pm EST for a live webinar to learn more about the Hospice and Palliative Care social worker certification program!

The process of developing an evidence-based certification program, including the critical first step of job analysis, will be discussed. An update on the progress and accomplishments of the project will be provided. Participants will learn how they can participate in the process.

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Hospice & Palliative Care Credentialing

Hospice and Palliative Social Worker Credentialing

SWHPN 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.

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SWHPN 2018 Scholarship Applications Now Open!

The SWHPN Board is pleased to announce a limited number of scholarships for the 2018 General Assembly in Boston, to be held March 11-13, 2018. Scholarships are for the amount of the full conference registration fee only. Travel and lodging expenses are the responsibility of the conference attendee.

Preference will be given to MSW and PhD social work students, first-time presenters, first-time attendees, and international participants, and to those exhibiting financial need.

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THE 6TH EDITION OF THE SWHPN VOICE IS NOW ONLINE


SWHPN is once again pleased to bring you the next edition of our e-newsletter, 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: "Efforts are underway to support the development of the Social Work Credential in Hospice and Palliative Care under the leadership of Dr. Barbara Head. Webinars and ongoing educational opportunities are also in preparation. Behind the scenes, we are working to update the website, and to improve the membership experience.


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SWHPN 2018: FORGING NEW MODELS IN HOSPICE & PALLIATIVE CARE - THE CALL FOR ABSTRACTS IS NOW OPEN!

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