SWHPN Virtual Summit
Program for August 20, 2021Click here to return to the SWHPN Summit Website
Assessing Values: An addition to the Social Work Psychosocial Assessment
Diane Weg Farquhar, LCSW, ACSW and Rabbi Dr. Edith Meyerson
This presentation will describe the crucial role that social workers play in
supporting patient/family self determination. Education will be provided on how social workers can include values mapping in their routine psychosocial
assessment. An interdisciplinary (IDT) approach to values mapping allows a fuller understanding of patient and familys values, preferences, and needs as well as ensures care is culturally competent.
1. To provide education on how to incorporate patient values in the social work psychosocial assessment.
2. To empower social workers to build on their routine patient assessment and foundational communication skills.
3. To highlight how working with interdisciplinary colleagues strengthens the psychosocial assessment.
Diane Weg Farquhar, LCSW, ACSW is a Clinical Social Worker with The Lilian and
Benjamin Hertzberg Palliative Care Institute at The Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York, New York. In her role, Ms. Farquhar serves as Social Worker in several hospital settings, including the Palliative Care Consult Service, the Wiener Family Palliative Care Unit, and the Palliative Care Outpatient Clinic located in the Martha Stewart Center for Living. Ms. Farquhar has worked in a variety of in-patient and community based settings. Before coming to Mount Sinai, Ms. Farquhar previous clinical work included oncology social work, Program Director of ALS of
Michigan, and school based and group work supervisor in Montreal, Quebec. Ms. Farquhar received her Bachelor of Arts with a major in Social Work from Western
Michigan University in Kalamazoo, Michigan and a Masters in Social Work from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan.
Rabbi Dr. Edith Meyerson is the Associate Director of Pastoral Counseling and
Bereavement Services with the Hertzberg Palliative Care Institute based in the Department of Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, where she also holds a faculty appointment. Her clinical expertise focuses on providing psycho-spiritual care and counsel within the context of the palliative care family meeting. She is an expert in the area of support and counsel for the professional caregiver of all disciplines and levels of training, and
conducts debrieﬁng and process groups for clinical palliative care faculty, staff, and volunteers and as well as for staff throughout the hospital. Rabbi Dr.
Meyerson holds both a doctorate in pastoral care and counseling and rabbinical ordination from HUC-JIR and chaplaincy board certiﬁcation from the NAJC.
Breakout Session 1A
The experiences of moral distress for hospice and palliative care social workers and chaplains
Sophia Fantus, PhD; Rebecca Cole, LCSW-S; and Steven Moore, LMSW
The purpose of this presentation is to report ﬁndings from a two-phase
qualitative study that investigated experiences of moral distress among hospice and palliative social workers and chaplains before and during the COVID-19 pandemic. Presenters will conclude with a discussion on multilevel strategies to alleviate moral distress at end-of-life.
1. To explore the sources of moral distress for hospice and palliative care social workers and chaplains at end-of-life before and during the COVID-19 pandemic.
2. To identify the physical, emotional, occupational, spiritual, and psychological consequences of moral distress among hospice and palliative care social workers and chaplains
3. To address and analyze the multilevel strategies to reduce experiences of moral distress on interdisciplinary end-of-life care teams in the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Sophia Fantus is an assistant professor in social work at the University of Texas
at Arlington. She holds a PhD in social work and bioethics from the University of Toronto and a postdoctoral fellowship in clinical ethics from Baylor College of Medicine and Weill Cornell Medicine. She is a certiﬁed healthcare ethics consultant.
Rebecca Cole, LCSW-S, is a ﬁrst year Ph.D. student at the University of Texas AE
Arlington from Houston, Texas. Her research interests are in the ﬁelds of psychiatric social work and social worker development.
Breakout Session 1B
Who Me? Expanding the pool of providers trained in having the conversation
Adie Goldberg, PhD, LICSW; Kellie Durgan, BSN
The presentation will be both didactic and experiential as participants will have an opportunity to observe and engage in modiﬁed exercises utilized when training both a large medical systems' embedded behavioral health social workers and cardiology staff. Discussion will focus on differing needs and ways to measure post training surveys as a means to support continued expansion of advanced care planning outside of the hospital setting.
1. Be able to identify potential departments for Advanced Care planning conversation training within their health system;
2. Be able to modify training materials based on training participants' professional background, and
3. Be equipped with pre-training assessment and post training evaluation tools
Adie Goldberg, PhD, LICSW has worked in medical settings throughout her
career. Ten years after participating in the startup of an in-patient regional hospital's palliative service, the call of grandchildren pulled her from OR to WA where she currently works at the Heart Institute in Spokane WA. She has spent the last three years integrating palliative care into the Advanced Heart Failure and Transplant team.
Kellie Durgan, BSN has spearheaded Eastern Washington's advanced care
planning mission for the Providence System. She is a certiﬁed ACT and Honoring Choices trainer.
Breakout Session 1C
Promoting Wellbeing: The Evolution of Wellness in a Palliative Care (PC) Program
Lindsey Minter, LCSW and Delia Cortez, LCSW
Wellness is essential to a high functioning team to reduce moral distress and burnout. This presentation will discuss how the UCLA PC Social Workers (PCSW) have been instrumental in the implementation of wellness practice. Participants will have the opportunity to practice wellness activities that have been
successfully incorporated at UCLA.
1. Discuss the impact and beneﬁts of a wellness program on a Palliative Care Team.
2. Discuss how to develop, implement and maintain a wellness program through demonstration.
3. Discuss the importance of the social worker’s role in facilitating wellness.
Lindsay Minter, LCSW is the Palliative Care Social Worker at Ronald Reagan
UCLA Medical Center. She graduated from University of California San Diego in 2011 with her Bachelors of Arts in Psychology and from University of California Los Angeles in 2014 with her Masters in Social Welfare. Lindsay received a Post-MSW Certiﬁcate in Palliative Care from Cal State University Institute for Palliative Care in March 2017.
Delia Cortez, LCSW is the Palliative Care Social Worker at Santa Monica UCLA
Medical Center and Orthopaedic Hospital. She graduated from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas in 1997 with a Bachelors of Arts in Sociology and a minor in Ethnic Studies. In 2003, she obtained her Masters in Social Work from California State University, Long Beach. Delia earned a Post-MSW Certiﬁcate in Palliative Care from the California State University Institute for Palliative Care in March 2017.
Breakout Session 2A
Caring for the Whole Person: Why Social Workers should be Spiritually Inclusive
Lauren Geldon, MSW
This presentation will critically examine the ways we, as social workers utilize our roles to serve and assess the holistic psycho/social/spiritual needs of our
patients. Using case narratives, it will identify new assessment strategies, and how collaboration with other disciplines including spiritual counselors on hospice teams to better honor, and serve individuals during, or near the end of their life.
1. To identify our current social work role, and how to utilize a spiritually inclusive role.
2. To provide education on innovative assessment tools to be more spiritual inclusive in practice.
3. To explore case narratives, and compare/contrast the roles of social workers and spiritual counselors.
Lauren Geldon is currently employed as a Hospice Social Worker at Lehigh Valley
Health Network, where she completed her MSW internship in 2017. She has had the opportunity to present most recently in May 2019 at the Pennsylvania
Hospice and Palliative Care Network on "Spirituality and Social Work, The Yin and the Yang in Patient Care". Additionally, she co-facilitates a Spirituality and Grief bereavement group, for individuals who have lost loved ones in hospice care, or within the community.
Breakout Session 2B
Micro, Mezzo and Macro Social Work in Palliative Parkinson's Care
Annie Wallis, MSW; Jessica Shurer, MSW, LCSW; Adriana Gonzalez, LCSW
Parkinson's disease is much more than a movement disorder- non-motor symptoms of PD, including depression & anxiety, cognitive impairment, and communication changes, have the largest impact on the quality of life of both people with PD and family care partners. Social Workers are uniquely qualiﬁed to impact how we approach Parkinsons at the Macro, Mezzo, and Micro level, changing the way we think about, talk about, and treat Parkinson's disease. This presentation will highlight the role of Social Workers in Parkinsonâ€™s education and in team-based care for Parkinson's disease and emphasize how a palliative care approach can improve the lives of people with Parkinson's and their loved ones.
1. Be able to articulate basic information about a Parkinson's diagnosis and symptoms and frequent psychosocial challenges faced by Parkinson's patients and families
2. Recognize the role of social workers in improving Parkinson's care at the micro, mezzo, and macro level.
3. Have the ability to reﬂect on how Parkinson's care should be approached through a palliative model and the role of social workers in that application
Annie Wallis, MSW currently serves as the Associate Director of Education at the
Parkinson’s Foundation. As part of the Education department, her primary focus is providing quality informational resources and programs for people with Parkinson’s disease, their caregivers and loved ones, and the professionals who are part of the medical and care team. Annie oversees the Aware in Care Initiative, the biennial Caregiver/Care Partner Summit, and the production and distribution of educational materials in English and Spanish. She also serves as a liaison from the Education department to the foundation staff working across the country and works with the Education department on outlining the educational agenda and managing online and in-person educational courses.
Jessica Shurer, MSW, LCSW is the Center Coordinator and Clinical Social Worker of the
Movement Disorders Center at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, which is a Parkinson’s Foundation Center of Excellence and CurePSP Center of Care. In her role, Ms. Shurer provides psychosocial support and connection to resources for patients and families, coordinates two specialty interdisciplinary clinics, facilitates four support groups, and organizes educational and outreach programming. Her clinical and research interests include supporting and processing emotional needs of navigating the disease journey, integrated healthcare models, and end-of-life care.