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LIVE CE Webinar | Political Palliative Care Practice: Social Work with Power
Friday, January 29, 2021, 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM EST
Category: Webinars

All social workers have an ethical obligation to participate in social and political action to create social change. Palliative care social workers who engage in political action have the opportunity to share their patients’ experiences with those who create policy.  Through this process, policymakers can understand the diverse needs of persons in need of palliative care and the ways in which policies are affecting them.  For hospice and palliative care social workers who want to change policy and engage in advocacy and political action, this presentation provides guidance about ways incorporate political action into their already very busy lives.

The purpose of this workshop is to describe how to engage in palliative care political social work, and to seek opportunities for effective political action. Through this workshop, social workers and social work students can learn how to organize and advocate for social change to address significant gaps in palliative care access and treatment.  Palliative care social workers will also learn to identify areas of policy to influence and build coalition support for advocacy campaigns to promote equal, equitable, and adequate end-of-life care policy.

As a result of attending this workshop, attendees will be able to:

  • Describe how the participation of palliative care social workers in the political process may improve conditions for palliative care patients and families.  
  • Identify tactics and tools for engagement in political advocacy.
  • Identify areas of policy that could improve patients’ experiences of end-of-life care and ways palliative care social workers and students can incorporate political advocacy into their practice.

NEW DATE: Friday, January 29, 2020 at 12:00 pm EST | 9:00 am PST | Register here

Cost: FREE for SWHPN members | $25 for nonmembers (members, be sure to log in at the top-right of this page to receive this webinar for free!)

We highly recommend you use your personal email address to register. Many hospital systems and hospices filter organizational emails and we don't want you to miss important announcements, CE certificates, or post-webinar surveys. An email to join the webinar will be emailed to attendees prior to the start of the webinar.

Presenter Info:

Shannon Lane, PhD, LMSW, earned her PhD in Social Work from the University of Connecticut, and has taught social work policy, macro practice, and research at four universities.  Dr. Lane shares her passion for political action by researching strategies to increase the political involvement of social workers and underserved populations.  She serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Social Policy and Research, is a member of the Council on the Role and Status of Women in Social Work Education with the Council on Social Work Education, and serves as Deputy Registrar of Voters in Bethany, Connecticut.  She and Dr. Suzanne Pritzker are the authors of Political Social Work: Using Power to Create Social Change (2018, Springer Publishing).  Her new book, Social Welfare Policy in a Changing World with Drs. Elizabeth Palley and Corey Shdaimah was published in 2019.

At Wurzweiler, Dr. Lane is the co-director of Care Cafe with Dr. Laurie Blackman, co-chair of the policy sequence with Dr. Kathryn Krase, and teaches policy and research.


Suzanne Marmo, PhD, LCSW, APHSW-C is an Assistant Professor of Social Work at Sacred Heart University. She has over 20 years of medical, oncology and palliative care social work clinical experience. Her research interests include hospice and palliative care social work, interdisciplinary collaboration in health care organizations and social justice and equity in palliative care.

Suzanne is longtime SWHPN member and contributor, and she serves on the current SWHPN Board of Directors.

Social Work Hospice & Palliative Care Network aka SWHPN, #1716, is approved as a provider for social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) www.aswb.org, through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Social Work Hospice & Palliative Care Network aka SWHPN maintains responsibility for the program. ASWB Approval Period: 7/18/2020 – 7/18/2023.

Social workers should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval for continuing education credits. Social workers participating in this course will receive 1 continuing education clock hours. 


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