The Social Work Hospice and Palliative Care Network is pleased to announce that its 2024 Conference will be held virtually Friday, April 12 and Saturday, April 13.

Though we are unable to meet in person, we're excited to bring the only national conference for hospice and palliative care social workers back for 2024! Like our annual assemblies, our 2024 event will feature leading research, innovative clinical practices, educational strategies, and case narratives from clinicians, researchers, and leaders in hospice and palliative care.

Our conference sessions will include discussions on caregiving, clinical interventions and practice, pediatrics, equity, accessibility, policy, ethics, grief, bereavement, and more. Sessions can be registered for individually or you can choose to attend both days of the conference. More information will be announced soon along with registration. 

Call for Abstracts

We welcome submissions from both new and experienced hospice and palliative care professionals on a wide range of topics: clinical practice, research findings, policy issues, education, and more. We especially welcome submissions from people whose voices and experiences may have not been heard at prior conferences. We encourage submissions that highlight and center diverse populations, cultures, workplaces, and experiences in palliative and hospice care.

The 2024 theme is "Empowering Through Transitions.” We are seeking presentations that explore how to navigate the clinical, organizational, and socio-political landscape in healthcare. Abstracts that are not on the conference theme are also welcome to be submitted.

Abstracts should clearly demonstrate at least one or more of the following aims:

  • Critically examine and integrate diverse cultural and structural perspectives in palliative and end-of-life care that promote inclusive practice
  • Identify effective and innovative strategies, interventions, programs, or models of practice that promote and sustain psychosocial care
  • Promote interprofessional collaboration, effective communication, and teamwork within palliative care and hospice teams, and between social work and other palliative care disciplines
  • Analyze the impact of different models of social work functioning and support within palliative and hospice care
  • Identify metrics for evaluating the impact of psychosocial care
  • Advance psychosocial and spiritual knowledge and skills for social workers and interdisciplinary palliative care professionals
  • Present new research or case narratives related to the impact of chronic and progressive illness, medical treatment, and palliative care on individuals, families, and communities
  • Identify risk factors for psychosocial and/or spiritual distress among patients and families in palliative or hospice care
  • Explore emerging policies, legislation, and legal and ethical issues that impact social work and other psychosocial disciplines in hospice and palliative care
  • Integrate research findings and practice interventions across palliative care settings and within populations

Both SWHPN members and non-members are encouraged to participate. Abstracts are due on or before December 13, 2023.


Never been to a SWHPN General Assembly? Check out one of our past program guides to see the depth of the SWHPN conference experience.