On Wednesday, September 30 at 4:00 pm ET, join Abigail Latimer, LCSW, APHSW-C and Anna Bullard, LCSW in a session for students on Strategizing for Success: Making the Most of Your Field Placement.

Topics to be covered include:

  • Getting the lay of the land in your field placement
  • Making the supervision relationship work and getting the most out of it
  • Developing and advocating for your educational goals (examples of learning contract goals)
  • Establishing yourself with the other social workers and members of the IDT and navigating team dynamics
  • Developing allies on the primary care teams
  • Identifying and engaging in opportunities for gaining knowledge and skills
  • Challenges and obstacles and how to overcome them

Registration is free and open to all social work students.

Abbie Latimer, LCSW, ACHP-SW is a Clinical Social Worker on the Adult Palliative Care Team at UK HealthCare in Lexington, Kentucky.

Abbie attended the University of Kentucky where she earned a bachelor's in Psychology and a masters in Social Work; and is currently a doctoral candidate with the University of Kentucky College of Social Work.

She began her clinical social work practice with hospice, providing services at home and the inpatient setting, as well as bereavement counseling for children, adults, groups, and parents experiencing perinatal loss. She transitioned her practice to the community setting as an outpatient psychotherapist with a focus on adolescent and adult substance use disorders. She specialized in counseling persons with addiction who were receiving medication assisted treatment in recovery.

Most recently, Abbie served as the palliative care clinical social worker on the adult Palliative Care Team at the University of Kentucky. She holds an Advanced Certified Hospice and Palliative Social Work credential and is an active member of the Social Work Hospice and Palliative Care Network, the Association for Gerontology Education in Social Work, and the Gerontology Society of America. Her research interests are moral distress in healthcare professionals and advanced serious illnesses in older adults.

Anna Bullard, LCSW, is the Pediatric Palliative Care Social Worker at Kentucky Children’s Hospital. As a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Anna helps children and families cope with the effects caused by a life-limiting diagnosis. Anna specializes in navigating complex medical resources and facilitating communication with the goal of improving a child’s quality of life.


Past Sessions

Vickie Leff, LCSW, BCD, APHSW-C and Stephanie Wladkowski, PhD, LMSW, ACHP-SW hosted 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 was an open conversation format where students could ask questions and find resources.

Topics covered included:

  • 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

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.



Additional sessions for October and November will be posted soon!