Silver's Zelda Foster Studies at SWHPN

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Social Work Hospice & Palliative Care Network (SWHPN)
6th General Assembly | March 11-13, 2018
Boston Park Plaza Hotel | Boston, MA


Honoring Linda Mathew, LCSW-R, OSW-C

Zelda Leadership Fellow Class of 2015, and MSW Mentor
with the Excellence in Clinical Practice Award

Honoring Rebecca Cammy, LCSW

Zelda Leadership Fellow Class of 2017
with the Journal of Social Work in Hospice and Palliative Care Best Article Award
sponsored by SWHPN and Taylor & Francis

Awards Ceremony: Monday, March 12, 2:15 - 1:30 pm

Presentation Schedule

NYU Silver Zelda Foster Studies Program in Palliative and End-of-Life Care Faculty, Mentors, MSW Fellows, Leadership Fellows, and Post-Master's Certificate Program Graduates

All presentations at the Boston Park Plaza Hotel. The complete conference schedule is available here.

Sunday, March 11

Pre-Conference Workshops Session 1: 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

  • Terry Altilio, LCSW (Zelda Foster Faculty); Bridget Sumser, MSW (MSW Fellow and MSW Mentor); and Meagan Leimena, MSW, MPH (MSW Fellow)
    We Don't Know How We Got Here

Pre-Conference Workshops Session 2: 1:00 - 4:00 pm

  • Vickie Leff, LCSW (Leadership Mentor) with Anne Kelemen, LICSW, ACHP-SW and Maxxine Rattner, MSW, RSW
    Foundations of Palliative Care: A Workshop for Clinical Social Workers New to Palliative Care and Hospice

Monday, March 12

Opening Plenary: 8:30 - 9:30 am

  • Barbara L. Jones, PhD, MSW, FNAP (MSW and Leadership Mentor) with Stacy Remke, MSW, Susan Cadell and Marsha Joselow
    Playing in the Sandbox: Understanding Pediatric Palliative Care Issues

Session 1: 9:45 - 10:45 am

  • Christine Wilkins, PhD, LCSW (Leadership Fellow and MSW Mentor)
    Advance Care Planning: Redesigning Patient-Centered Care
  • Dory Hottensen, LCSW (Leadership Fellow, MSW Mentor, Zelda Foster Faculty)
    Palliative Care Social Work Champion Program: An Evolving Model for Training Social Workers in Generalist Palliative Care
  • Jordan Nichols, LCSW, ACHP-SW (MSW Fellow)
    Individual Meaning-Centered Psychotherapy: An Introductory Review in the Treatment of Existential Distress
  • David Browning, MSW, LICSW (Zelda Foster Faculty) and Susan Gerbino, PhD, LCSW (Program Director)
    Building Moral Communities for Reflection and Dialogue
  • Myra Glajchen, DSW (Leadership Mentor) with Gary Stein, JD, MSW; and Donna Zhukovsky, MD
    Living on the Fringe: Palliative Social Workers as Advocates from Practice to Policy and Beyond
  • Skitch Ferguson, MSW, MBA (Leadership Fellow)
    Complainers: Who? When? Why? What? How?

Session 2: 11:00 am -12:00 pm

  • Liz Elmquist, LMSW (MSW Fellow)
    Overlooked and Misunderstood: The adolescent/young adult experience and the role of the palliative care team
  • Emily Browning, M.Div., MSW, LCSW, ACHP-SW (Leadership Fellow) and Lori Eckel, LCSW, ACHP-SW (Leadership Fellow and MSW Mentor)
    Moral Distress - There IS something we can do about it!
  • Myra Glajchen, DSW (Leadership Mentor) with Maggie Gavin, MSW
    Medical and Social Factors Contributing to Length of Stay in the Hospital
  • Rachel Rusch, MSW, MA (MSW Fellow)
    It'll Take a Miracle!- The Role of the Palliative Care Clinician Engaging Families Who Are Hoping for a Miracle

Session 3: 1:30 - 2:30 pm

  • Dan Gardner, PhD, LCSW (Zelda Foster Faculty) and Meredith Doherty (Zelda Foster Faculty)
    Palliative Care Disparities: Exploring Barriers to Acces and Use of Services in Diverse Older Adults
  • Rebecca Freeman, LMSW, ACHP-SW (MSW Fellow)
    Modeling Healthy Behavior: Validating the Social Work Leadership Role in a Growing Palliative Care World
  • Frances Eichholz Heller, LMSW, ACHP-SW (Leadership Fellow)
    Training Champions: An Interprofessional Educational Program Designed to Promote Palliative Care as Standard of Care

Session 4: 2:45 -3:45 pm

  • John Cagle, MSW PhD (Leadership Mentor) with Deb Waldrop, PhD, LMSW; Susan Enguidanos, PhD, MPH
    What is Quality Care in Serious Illness? Forging New Models from Evidence-based Outcomes

Tuesday, March 13

Session 5: 10:00 - 11:00 am

  • Jessica Savara, MSW, CSWA (MSW Fellow)
    A Case Study on Homelessness and Dying: The Relationship between Palliative Care and Medical Respite
  • Karen Kell Hartman, LCSW-R, OSW-C (Post-Masters Certificate Graduate and MSW Mentor)
    Moving Forward Together and Apart: Developing New Models of Clinical Supervision from Afar
  • Vickie Leff, LCSW, BCD, ACHP-SW (Leadership Mentor) with Dr. Anthony Galanos
    LIVE Debriefing: Experience the Intervention!
  • Xiaofang Liu, MSW (Leadership Fellow) with Cathy Berkman, PhD
    Attitude and Perceived Competence in Working With Death: A Study of Chinese Health Care Providers
  • John Cagle, MSW, PhD (Leadership Mentor) with Anne Kelemen, LICSW, ACHP-SW
    The Assessment of Intimacy and Sexuality in Palliative Care and Hospice

Session 6: 11:15 am - 12:15 pm

  • Tessa Jones, LMSW (MSW Fellow) with Ab Brody, PhD, RN, FPCN
    Improving Care for Older Adults with Dementia and Their Informal Caregivers
  • Chris Onderdonk, LCSW (Leadership Fellow)
    Leaving the House of Cancer: Tailoring Palliative Care to the Other Specialties
  • Myra Glajchen, BSW, MSW, DWS (Leadership Mentor) (MSW Fellow) and Shirley Otis-Green, MSW, MA, LCSW, OSW-C (Leadership Mentor) with Cathy Berkman, MSW, PhD & Gary L. Stein, JD, MSW
    Upstreaming Palliative Care: Identifying Core Competencies for Generalist Social Work

Session 7: 1:45 - 2:45 pm

  • Meredith Ruden, LCSW (MSW Fellow)
    The Other Caregiver: A New Approach to Supporting Clinical Staff Who Occupy The Roles of Professional And Loved One
  • Ryan Weller, LCSW (Leadership Mentor) with Jason Malcom, LCSW
    An Innovative Curriculum for Interprofessional Fellowship Training in Palliative Care
  • Abigail Nathanson, LCSW, ACSW (Post-Masters Certificate Graduate and MSW Mentor) and Madeline Rogers, BS (MSW Candidate and Fellow)
    When Ambiguity Ends: Grieving the Losses of Dementia Caregiving after a Death
  • Alyssa Gupton, LCSW, ACHP-SW (Leadership Fellow)
    Addressing the Unique and Profound Psychosocial Impact of Perinatal Loss: Implications for Expansion of Social Work Leadership in Multidisciplinary Learning and Care

Poster Presentations

  • Emily Browning, M.Div., MSW, LCSW, ACHP-SW (Leadership Fellow) (MSW Fellow, etc.)
    Reflective Debriefing: A Social Work Intervention Addressing Moral Distress among ICU Nurses
  • Lori Eckel, LCSW, ACHP-SW (Leadership Fellow and MSW Mentor)
    Mission in Action: An Organizational Response to Moral Distress
  • Janine Genovese (Post-Masters Certificate Graduate)
    Implementation of a Hospice Education Request Order: Raising Awareness and Educating Staff in Small Unit Based Groups
  • Alyssa Gupton, LCSW, ACHP-SW (Leadership Fellow))
    Addressing the Unique and Profound Psychosocial Impact of Perinatal Loss:Implications for Expansion of Social Work Leadership in Multidisciplinary Learning and Care