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Q&A for Students: What Is Hospice and Palliative Care?
Wednesday, September 23, 2020, 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM EDT
Category: For Students

Join Vickie Leff, LCSW, BCD, APHSW-C and Stephanie Wladkowski, PhD, LMSW, ACHP-SW in a one-hour Q-and-A on "What is Hospice and Palliative Care?" aimed at helping social work students learn more about the field. This is open conversation format where you can ask questions and find resources.

Topics to be covered include:

  • What is hospice and palliative care?

  • What is SWHPN?

  • Strategies to increase skills and knowledge in hospice and palliative care:
    • Continuing education
    • Volunteer opportunities
    • Choosing conferences that will meet your educational and networking goals
    • Certificate programs
    • Presenting at conferences (posters, talks, partnering with more senior professionals)
    • The SWHPN Mentorship Program
    • Working toward a more advanced license and APHSW-C

Registration is free and open to all social work students. 



Stephanie P. Wladkowski, PhD, LMSW, is an Associate Professor at Eastern Michigan University School of Social Work. Dr. Wladkowski has several years of clinical practice as a social worker in hospice and palliative care, which directly informs her research and teaching in health, aging, interprofessional education, and end-of-life care. Dr. Wladkowski’s current research focuses on live discharge from hospice, centering on psychosocial factors relevant to this care transition for patients and caregivers. Her research frequently seeks to identify social work practice opportunities and understanding the impact of health policies in aging and end-of-life care.

Vickie Leff, LCSW, BCD, APHSW-C received her MSW from Simmons School of Social Work in 1982. She worked at Beth Israel Hospital in Boston as an oncology social worker in hematology/oncology, both in and out patient settings. After working for 6 years at Beth Israel, she became the Director of Patient and Family services for the Massachusetts Division of ACS  for many years.

After moving to North Carolina and spending time raising her two kids, she re-entered the clinical social work workforce at WakeMed Acute Rehab Hospital in Raleigh, working with stroke patients and families. But, when a position became open for the first Palliative Care Clinical Social Worker at Duke, she jumped at the chance and was in that position from 2012 to 2019.

Since November 2019 she has been working  as a clinical social worker at Duke HomeCare and Hospice. She is also currently an an Adjunct Instructor at the UNC Graduate School of Social Work, Chapel Hill. Vickie serves as the Co-Editor of the Journal of End of Life & Palliative Social Work, Practice Concepts and Innovations Section.

Vickie is published in Health Affairs, as well as the Journal of End of Life & Palliative Social Work. She served on the SWHPN Board of Directors for a number of years, initiating their Mentorship program, and other educational activities. In addition to being a LCSW and BCD, she is APHSW-Certified.



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