Join SWHPN for our series of midday Munch and Learns providing 1 CE hour each. Our munch & learn webinars are highly interactive and cover the newest topics in HaPC social work, as well as foundational and critical ongoing educational needs. 


Please join us for our Fall 2023 Series:

Using Faith Language in Advance Care Planning Conversations
Friday, September 8, 2023
12:00 pm Eastern / 9:00 am Pacific

Presented by Dr. Danetta Sloan, learners who attend this session will be able to:

  • Understand the interaction of Faith, Advance Care Planning, and End of Life Care
  • Learn examples of community faith-based ACP initiatives led by church volunteers
  • Utilize strategies to engage in advance care planning conversations with people of strong faith

Dr. Danetta Sloan is a Scientist at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and Faculty at the Hopkins Center for Health Disparities Solutions. Dr. Sloan’s research focuses on the improvement in the delivery of palliative care to the historically excluded from quality medical care through behavioral research methods and interventions. Dr. Sloan is also an educator with a PhD focused in Clinical/Medical Social Work from The Catholic University of America.

Whose Job is it Anyway? A Conversation about Transdisciplinary Palliative Care Practice
Friday, October 13, 2023
12:00 pm Eastern | 9:00am Pacific

In this session, participants will consider the opportunities and challenges in the delivery of inclusive, whole person, palliative care services by professionals of varying disciplines.  We will draw from the 4th Edition of the National Consensus Project's Clinical Practice Guidelines, the Institute of Medicine's 2014 Transdisciplinary Professionalism for Improving Health Outcomes Workshop, and CAPC"s Strategies for Maximizing Team Health, as we unpack the implications of the "essential skills for all clinicians" identified in the guidelines.  We will explore the sometimes ambiguous roles and boundaries of palliative care team members and consider the key behaviors, attitudes, and actions that support the operationalization of transdisciplinary practice. Participants will leave the session with practical tools in which to assess and engage with their own teams.

Upon completing this session, learners will be able to:

  • Understand different models of palliative care service delivery
  • Elucidate opportunities and challenges in providing team-based palliative care services
  • Identify factors that impair team effectiveness and strategies that promote team health
  • Learn to expand empathy for ourselves, our colleagues, and our patients

Lori Eckel, LCSW, APHSW-C, HEC-C (she/her),  is the senior ethics consultant and lead palliative care social worker at Legacy Health.  She received her MSW from Portland State University School of Social Work, completed advanced clinical training in palliative care from Smith School of Social Work and the Zelda Foster Palliative Care Leadership Fellowship at NYU School of Social Work.  She has obtained certification in both palliative care and clinical ethics consultation.  Lori founded the OR and SW WA Palliative Care Social Work Network in 2016 and, serves on the Board of the National Social Work Hospice and Palliative Care Network.  She is a contributing author to the Oxford Text of Oncology Palliative Care and has presented locally and nationally on topics related to advance care planning, moral distress, ethical dimensions of end of life care and interprofessional practice.  Her clinical work has been focused in critical care and oncology and she has worked as part of interprofessional teams in both inpatient and outpatient settings.  Lori mentors palliative care social workers and leaders through NYU Zelda Foster Program and the Smith School of Social Work. Lori appreciates opportunities to contribute to the well-being of health professionals, teaching, and mentoring others in the field of palliative care and ethics.

Jamie Newell MSW, LCSW (she/her), is an in-patient palliative care social worker with the Connections team at Providence Portland Medical Center. She earned her MSW from Portland State University and has worked in various healthcare settings for the last 17 years. She completed a fellowship in palliative care in 2005. Prior to her work with Connections, she worked in outpatient oncology and palliative care for several years. She also did private practice work, specializing in people dealing with illness and grief. She also worked with a hospice and palliative agency for several years, where she directed their interprofessional home palliative care program. Jamie currently chairs the Oregon Palliative Care and Quality of Life Interdisciplinary Advisory Council through the Oregon Health Authority. She was recently selected for a Leadership in Palliative Care fellowship through the NYU Zelda Foster Studies program. Jamie has presented on topics including compassion fatigue, team health and effectiveness. Jamie is passionate about equitable healthcare and facilitating opportunities for meaning-making as patients and families face end of life.

Shoshawna Rainwater, LCSW (she/her) is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who earned her license in 2007.  She attended Portland State University for her MSW.  She has worked for Providence Connections Palliative Care group since 2014 providing palliative care consultation for patients living with serious, progressive illness.  Shoshawna also maintains a private consultation practice supporting persons with a loved one living with dementia.  Her specialty areas include working with patients living with heart failure and persons experiencing cognitive decline. Shoshawna was drawn to working in Palliative Care in order to help patients and families who are navigating the health care system while living with serious illness and to bring social work values and perspective to the patient/family experience.  Shoshawna has presented on topics related to team health and effectiveness. Outside of work, Shoshawna enjoys spending time with her spouse and young daughter, exploring the Northwest, and practicing mindfulness.

Creating Calm in the Midst of Chaos
Friday, November 17, 2023
12:00 pm Eastern | 9:00 am Pacific

Social workers, chaplains and counselors are frequently the first ones to be called at a time of crisis. Responding to a suicide, homicide, accidents or sudden death can be a daunting experience.

Upon completion of this session, attendees will be able to:

  • Identify four goals of crisis intervention
  • Describe three challenging  behavioral responses at a time of crisis
  • Discuss two factors that lead to caregiver burnout
  • Identify a strategy for personal and professional survival
Judith Skretny, MA, is the former Director of Palliative Care for the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO). Judith has worked in the area of Hospice and end-of-life care since 1983. Initially, she served as the Director of Education for the Life Transitions Center, a grief counseling agency, then as the Director of Benedict House, a residence for persons living with AIDS and HIV. In 1992, she returned to the Life Transitions Center as its Executive Director. In 2002, she was given the opportunity to develop the Center for Excellence in End-of-Life Education, Research and Practice at The Center for Hospice & Palliative Care. In this position, she created an internal "Hospice University" through which all employee education and training was provided. She also served as adjunct faculty in the Department of Religious Studies at Canisius College and was faculty for NHPCO's Manager Development program. In 2014, she moved into the position of Director of Palliative Care at NHPCO.

Registration Fee

Lunch & Learns are $30 for SWHPN members and $45 for nonmembers. 1 CE hour is offered through the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB). More information below.

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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: 7/18/2023 – 7/18/2026.

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.

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