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SWHPN Virtual Summit: Ethics and Decision-Making in End-of-Life Care
Friday, July 16, 2021, 12:00 PM - 4:30 PM EST
Category: Conference

Join us for our next half-day virtual conference of 2021, featuring the leading research, innovative practices, educational strategies, policy initiatives, and case narratives from leaders in the field of hospice and palliative care. 

Registration for the SWHPN Virtual Summit includes:

  • 3 Continuing Education (CE) hours for social workers
  • Live Q&As with the presenters
  • An opportunity for social workers to connect with peers at our Virtual Social Hour
  • Recordings and slides from all sessions and presentations (where applicable)

The July 16, 2021 SWHPN Virtual Summit will focus on Ethics and Decision-Making in End-of-Life Care. Register here.

Keynote: Ethical Decision-Making in End-of-Life Care: An Innovative Framework for Social Work

Presented by Sophia Fantus, PhD and Lisa Merie Knoop, MSW student

The aim of this presentation is to address systematic ways in which hospice and palliative social workers can participate in ethical deliberations with respect to end-of-life care by focusing on individual, interpersonal, and social contexts of patients, families, and interdisciplinary members of healthcare teams.

After attending this session, participants will be able to:

  1. Identify systematic ethical decision-making frameworks for hospice and palliative social workers to engage in ethical deliberations 
  2. Adress the shortcomings of ethical decision-making frameworks and introduce the expertise of social work with respect to underserved populations 
  3. Propose a novel ethical decision-making framework that integrates clinical ethics consultation practice and professional social work competencies.

About the Presenters:

Sophia Fantus, PhD is an assistant professor in the School of Social Work at the University of Texas at Arlington. She has a PhD in Social Work and Bioethics from the University of Toronto and completed a postdoctoral fellowship in clinical ethics at Baylor College of Medicine and Weill Cornell Medicine. She is a certified healthcare ethics consultant.

Lisa Merie Knoop is an MSW student at the University of Texas at Arlington, specializing in the field of mental health and substance abuse. Lisa received her BA in Anthropology and Classics from Macalester College in St. Paul, MN and a JD from New England Law in Boston, MA. Her practice interests are to work in the fields of social justice and mental health.

Session I: The limitations of individual autonomy: a case study inspired discussion about family, power, and safety,

Presented by Jennifer Hirsch, MSW

Through the lens of a case study, this presentation will discuss autonomy, consent, and power. It will explore definitions of patient and family-centered care, as well as describing the concepts of relational autonomy and cultural safety. The presentation will conclude with takeaways for clinical practice and system advocacy. 

After attending this session, participants will be able to:



  1. Understand the limits of individual autonomy and the ethical principle of relational autonomy;
  2. Develop an appreciation for cultural safety and recognize how power dynamics in patient-provider interactions impact the process of consent; and
  3. Identify practice skills and areas of advocacy to facilitate patients' preferred process of decision making and inclusion of family advocates as key members of the caregiving team.

About the Presenter:

Jennifer Hirsch MSW, graduated with her MSW in 2013 and has since worked in hospice, home care, palliative care, bereavement, and case management. Her experiences include working in hospice houses and with Medical Aid in Dying, as well as item writing for the new Advanced Hospice and Palliative Care Social Work certification. She has her independent clinical license in Michigan state and has also earned the APHSW certification.

Session II: Creating a Framework From Trauma Work and Bioethics: Utilizing Critical Race Theory so as To Not Repeat Historical Medical Racism

Presented by Allie Shukraft, MAT, MSW, APHSW-C, Anne Kelemen, LICSW, APHSW-C, Arika Patneaude, MSW, LICSW, EMMHS, Stacy Remke, MSW, LICSW, APHSW-C, and Stephanie Broussard, LCSW, ACHP-SW

This presentation will describe critical race theory, and its impact on the palliative care team, particularly when there are team members of different races/ethnicities. Using case examples, the presenters will offer a framework that teams can use when responding to racist comments, actions, microaggressions, etc. from those who are not members of the team (i.e. patients, other clinicians, etc.). The goal of this presentation is for teams to have a united front so that no one teammate, particularly a Black, Asian, Latinx, Indigenous, or other oppressed teammate feels that they need to stand up for themselves without the full support of their team.

Learning objectives to be added soon.

Date: Friday, July 16, 2021

Time: 12:00 - 4:30 p.m. EDT / 9:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. PDT

Target Audience: All levels

Cost to attend: $79 for current SWHPN Members / $99 for Nonmembers / free for current SWHPN, Friend of SWHPN and Retiree Members

Attend this Summit for less when you register for multiple Summits together! See the full 2021 SWHPN Summits Schedule at www.swhpnsummit.org.



To earn CE credit, social workers must log in, attend the entire summit and complete an online course assessment and evaluation.

Certificates of completion will be emailed immediately following the completion of a webinar evaluation. 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) 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 a summit can receive 3 continuing education clock hours.

Social Work Hospice and Palliative Care Network is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #SW-0503.

Contact: [email protected]