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.

Most importantly, this specialty certification assures the public that a practitioner has the knowledge and skills to provide safe, high-­quality care. While both nurses and physicians practicing in palliative and/or hospice care have had evidence­-based competency certification programs for many years, this is the first such program for social workers in this field.

The first exam for the Advanced Palliative Hospice Social Worker Certification (APHSW-C) will be held in January 2019. Registration for the exam opens on November 1, 2018. 

Sign up for updates, and read more, on the APHSW Certification Program page

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Karen Schanche - Thursday, November 01, 2018
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Hello, I’m attempting to register for the new certification as I am under the understanding that applications will open today, 11/1/18 ; however, in going to website referenced, there is no place open to apply. May I ask for assistance and clarification of date for any changes that are now affecting application date that I May have missed? Thank you. Warm regards, Karen Schanche, LCSW

Karen Schanche - Thursday, November 01, 2018
1002784478

Hello, I’m attempting to register for the new certification as I am under the understanding that applications will open today, 11/1/18 ; however, in going to website referenced, there is no place open to apply. May I ask for assistance and clarification of date for any changes that are now affecting application date that I May have missed? Thank you. Warm regards, Karen Schanche, LCSW

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