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Wednesday, May 20
11:00 a.m. – 11:50 a.m.

Completing the CoC’s Patient Navigation Process Requirements: Community Assessment Data Sources
Nina Miller, MSSW, Virginia Vaitones, MSW

Preventing Burnout: Maintaining Healthy Professional Boundaries
Tricia Matteson, MSW, Dorcas Dobie, MD

Oncology Social Work Bringing Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) into Oncology Care
Karlynn BrintzenhofeSzoc, PhD, MSW

Exploring Family Interventions at End of Life
Linda Mathew, MSW, Meredith Cammarata, MSW

Opening Doors: Frank Talk about Body Image, Intimacy & Sexuality
Handout #1, Handout #2, Handout #3
Shannon Solie, MAP, Jacci Thompson Dodd, MSSS, MA

When Ethical Dilemmas Split Teams: A Case Study of Fertility Preservation in the Context of Metastatic Disease
Elizabeth Farrell, MSW, Fremonta Meyer, MD

Leading Family Conferences: Recognizing and Applying Oncology Social Work Strength
Iris Fineberg, PhD, MSW, OSW-C


Wednesday, May 20
12:15 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.

Advanced Care Planning Panel
Moderated by Kristin Scheeler, MSSW, APSW

Building an Advance Care Planning Program in a Large Institution
Wendy Griffith, MSSW, LCSW, OSW-C, Margaret Meyer, MSW, MBA, LCSW, OSW-C

Helping to Launch: The Role of the Oncology Social Worker in Leading Advance Care Planning with Young Adults
Andrea Skoglund, MSW, Johanna Pule, MSW

Oncology Social Work Leadership in Implementing Comprehensive Advance Care Planning
Jennifer Adams, MSW, LMSW, Denise Kanne, MSW, LMSW


Wednesday, May 20
2:50 p.m. – 3:40 p.m.

Your Financial Navigation Program: Moving Beyond the Basics
Dan Sherman, MA

WS B2/C2
Oncology Advance Care Planning: Background, Tools, and Skill Development for Oncology Social Workers
Kristin Scheeler, MSSW, OSW-C


B4/C4 Couples Panel
Moderated by Chelsea Kroll, MSW, LGSW, OSW-C

When Love is Not Enough: Helping Couples Communicate Through Cancer
Katherine Easton, MSW, LCSW, OSW-C

Couples Coping with Cancer Together: A Social Work Lead Program for Breast Cancer Patients and Partners Integrated into Medical Care
Courtney Bitz, MSW, LCSW

Feasibility and Acceptability of a Couple-based Communication and Support Intervention for Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplant Survivors and Their Caregiving Partners
Shelby Langer, PhD

Honoring the Young Adult Couple Relationship: A Multi-Couple Support Group Approach
Glenn Blumenson, MSW, Carolyn Fulton, MSW

WS B5/C5
Need Sleep? A Four Week Intervention
Darah Curran, MSW, LCSW, Drucilla Brethwaite, MSW, LCSW, OSW-C

When Death Comes Slowly: Exploring the Ethical Responsibilities and Functional Roles of Social Workers When a Patient Expresses Their Right-to-Die
Andrea Strouth, MSW, LCSW


Wednesday, May 20
3:50 p.m. – 4:40 p.m.

Cultivating Reverence for Living: Mindfulness Practices for Caregivers and Cancer Patients
Robert Vahary, MSW

Waiting is the Worst Part of Cancer
William Goeren, LCSW


Thursday, May 21
8:00 a.m. – 8:50 a.m.

D1/E1 Distress Panel
Moderated by Alison Sachs, MSW, OSW-C

Whose Distress Is It Anyway? One Institution’s Experience of Implementing Distress Screening
Caroline Macuiba, MSW, LCSW, KrisAnn Talarico, MSW

Utilizing Oncology Social Work Leadership and Distress Screening to Develop and Lead Model Biopsychosocial Programs for Unique Populations
Courtney Bitz, MSW, LCSW, Daisy Rivera, MSW, LCSW, Rupinder Sidhu, MSW, LCSW, Karen Clark, MS, Matthew Loscalzo, MSW, LCSW

Implementing Distress Screening: Oncology Social Workers’ Experiences
Julianne Oktay, PhD, MSW

WS D2/E2
Skill, Passion and Perseverance: Building Psychosocial Oncology Programs
Sandra Johnson MSW, LICSW, John Wynn, MD, DFAPA

WS D3/E3
Introducing Legacy Work throughout the Cancer Experience
Jenni Kienke, MSW, Penny Lau, MSW, MFA

WS D4/E4
The Use of Story in Clinical Practice with Oncology Patients: Reframing Personal Narratives about Health and Well-being
Handout #1, Handout #2
Dawn Dickson, MSW, LICSW

WS D5/E5
The Lady and the Reaper: End-of-Life Ethics in the Intensive Care Unit  
Wendy Walters, LCSW, OSW-C

1-800-RAPPORT: Establishing Relationships Over the Phone
Emily Ackerman, MSW, Joanna Carmusciano, MSW, Jesscia Cybrowski, MSW, Lisa Gordon, MSW, Caroline Leeds, MSW, Jamie Schneider, MSW


Thursday, May 21
9:00 a.m. – 9:50 a.m.

Establishing a Medical-Legal Partnership in a BMT Clinic
Leah Otterlei MSW, LICSW, Eleanor Leary, MSW, LICSW, Kathryn Elison, MSW, LICSW


Thursday, May 21
10:10 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

WS F1/G1
Assuring Quality Cancer Care–APAQCC and Beyond!
Brad Zebrack, PhD, MSW, MPH, Karen Kayser, PhD, MSW, Laura Sundstrom, MSW

Nueva Vida’s Comprehensive Social Support Network Model of Care: What It Is and Why It Works
Karlynn BrintzenhofeSzoc, PhD, MSW

WS F3/G3
The Importance of Self-care: Helping Patients Make Self-care a Sustained Priority

Improving Facilitation Skills for Psychoeducational Support Groups: A Breast Cancer Survivorship Model for Social Work Practice
Handout #1, Handout #2
Jacci Thompson-Dodd, MSSS, MA

The Paparazzi Patient: Maintaining Ethical Social Work Practice with VIP Patients
Sandra Blackburn, MSW

WS F6/G6
Feeling a Little Irritated? Program for Patients with Cancer and Their Caregivers to Understand and Explore Strategies to Manage Anger
Sage Bolte, PhD, LCSW, OSW-C, Drucilla Brethwaite, MSW, LCSW, OSW-C


Thursday, May 21
11:10 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Creating a Specialized Oncology and Palliative Care Social Work Training Program
Taryn Lindhorst, MSW, PhD, Lynn Behar, MSW, PhD, J’May Rivara, MSW

Incorporating Gestalt Psychotherapy in Your Oncology Practice with Skill and Passion
Nancy Bourque, LCSW

The Integration of Clinical and Case Management Practices in Oncology Social Work
Ted Varkas, MSW, LMSW

Fertility Preservation Needs and Access in an Outpatient Medical Oncology Setting
Alison Petok, MSW, LSW, MPH, Gregory Garber, MSW, LCSW, CCM


Thursday, May 21
12:15 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.

Sexuality Panel
Moderated by Sage Bolte, PhD, LCSW, OSW-C

Addressing Sexual Health with Survivors of Pelvic Cancers: Managing Symptoms and Distress in Gay Men with Prostate Cancer
David Latini, PhD

Addressing Sexual Health with Survivors of Pelvic Cancers: Sexual Function in Cancer Survivors Who Underwent Cystectomy for Bladder Cancer
Rujuta Umarji, MSW

Addressing Sexual Health with Pelvic Cancer Survivors: A Mixed-methods Study of Nonmuscle-invasive Bladder Cancer
Heather Goltz, PhD


Thursday, May 21
1:45 p.m. – 2:35 p.m.

You’ve Screened for Distress, Now What? OncoLink’s Distress Screening Response Tools: Emphasizing Patient Engagement, Education and Empowerment
Christina Bach, MBE, MSW, LCSW, OSW-C, Carolyn Vachani, RN, MSN, AOCN

Leaders in Building Capacity: Advocating for the Role of BMT Clinical Social Workers
Handout #1,  Handout #2 (Dabney), Handout #3 (BMT)
Jane Dabney, MSW, LISW-S, OSW-C, Jill Randall, MSW, LICSW

WS H3/I3
Spirituality Among the Terminally Ill: Therapeutic Methods to Help Find Inner Peace and Reduce Anxiety
Maria Lozano-Vasquez, MSW

WS H4/I4
Cancer and PTSD Dual Diagnosis: Practical Ways to Treat Veterans
Marcia Long, LCSW, OSW-C, Joyce Willison, LCSW, OSW-C

WS H5/I5
Wounded Healer: Healing Ourselves and Others
Morgan Davis, MSW, LSW


Thursday, May 21
2:40 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Psychosocial Ecotones: Creating Spaces of Clinical Significance in the Oncology Setting
Lorelei Bonet, MSW, LCSW, OSW-C

Hello, It’s Me: Success and Challenges in Brain Tumor Patient and Caregiver Telephone Groups
Richard Dickens, MS, LCSW-R, Sarah Kelly, MSW


Friday, May 22
9:10 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

J1/K1 Social Work Education Panel
Moderated by Christina Bach, MBE, MSW, LCSW, OSW-C

We’re All in this Together! Or Are We? Integrating Social Work Students Into Interprofessional Education
Taryn Lindhorst, PhD, MSW, Susan Kemp, MSW, PhD, Tracy Brazg, MSW, MPH, MA, Danae Dotolo, MSW, MA

Creating a Safe Learning Space for New Palliative and End-of-Life Care Social Workers
Susan Gerbino, PhD, LCSW

Training Leaders for Patient-Centered Care: Integrating the CSWE Standards in Field Placement for Future Oncology Social Workers
Catherine Credeur, LMSW, OSW-C, Andrea Karoff, LCSW, OSW-C

From Silo Learning to Synergistic Learning: Results of the Interdisciplinary Curriculum in Oncology Palliative Education (iCOPE) on Student Learning Outcomes
Handout #1, Handout #2, Handout #3
Tara Schapmire, PhD, Spencer Moorman, MSSW

Field Instruction with Skill and Passion: Training New Oncology Social Workers
Heather Valladarez, MSW, Midge Myhre, MSW, Lynsay Gaines, MSW

Evaluating Survivorship Program Outcomes Through Qualitative Metrics
Catherine Creme Henry, MA, Arin Hanson, MPH, CHES

WS J3/K3
Substance and Other Substantive Issues in Palliative Care: Our Experience One Year In
Alison Petok, MSW, LSW, MPH, Gregory Garber, MSW, LCSW, CCM, Brooke Worster, MD

WS J4/K4
The Oncology Social Worker’s Role in Cancer Pain Management  
Yvette Colón, MSW, PhD


Friday, May 22
10:10 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

What’s “Reasonable” About Work & Cancer? Understanding Workplace Accommodations
Joanna Morales, JD, Rebecca Nellis, MPP

The Measurement, Reporting and Increasing Impact of Patient Satisfaction
Leora Lowenthal, MSW, MPA


Friday, May 22
11:20 a.m. – 12:10 p.m.

Navigating Work & Cancer: What is the Role of the Oncology Social Worker
Handout #1 (Morales), Handout #2 (Nellis)
Joanna Morales, JD, Rebecca Nellis, MPP

Fostering Passion and Creativity to Thrive in Oncology Social Work
Angela Usher, LCSW

Managing Cancer and Living Meaningfully: Social Work Involvement in a Randomized Controlled Trial that Provides Psychotherapy to Metastatic Cancer Patients
Valerie Heller, MSW, Jenny Shaheed, MSW

Poetry and Guided Journaling as a Therapeutic Intervention for Pediatric Cancer Patients, Their Caregivers, and Staff Members
Julie Arguez, MSW, Karen Gordon, MSW

When Time is Precious: Helping Clients Find Meaning and Hope When Cancer is Advanced
Kerry Irish, MSW, LCSW, OSW-C, IGI-C


Friday, May 22
1:45 p.m. – 2:35 p.m.

Factors that Influence Interruption in Hospice Home Care Services
Danetta Hendricks Sloan, PhD, MSW, MA, Karlyn BrintzenhofeSzoc, PhD, MSW

Bridging the Gap between Curing and Healing: The Role of the Wounded Healer in Oncology and End of Life
Richard Dickens, MS, LCSW-R

Providing Psychosocial Care to Patients with Co-Morbid HIV/AIDS and Cancer
Sarah Austin Hines, MSSW, LMSW

Leadership with a Passion for Writing: A Crucible for Nurturing Authors
Carolyn Messner, DSW, BCD, ACSW, LCSW

Relational Repair and Discord at the End of life: The Dying Wish of Forgiveness and its Unrepentant Consequences
Christopher Anrig, LCSW-R, MSSW