Palliative Social Work – new book

Palliative Social Work – new book

Life & Death Matters Post

I just got home from the annual assembly of the American Academy of Hospice Palliative Medicine and the Hospice Palliative Nurses Association in Vancouver BC. The Americans received a warm and wet/rainy welcome from the BCHPCA, CHPCA and the Canadian Society of Palliative Care Physicians. Dr. Fraser Black (Victoria Hospice Medical Director) and Wendy Wainwright (President of CHPCA) presented a lunchtime forum titled “Showcasing Canada”. They highlighted major initiatives in HPC in Canada – and even the Canadians who attended learned a few things!

I was excited to see the strength of Social Work manifest at the conference. Oxford University Press has just published the Oxford Textbook of Palliative Social Work, Edited by Terry Altilio and Shirley Otis-Green. Betty Ferrell’s foreword articulates the vital contribution of Social Workers to palliative care practice and to the effective functioning of team. The chapters help to address the breadth and depth of SW in Palliative Care. It looks to be an excellent resource.

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As well as the new text, several conference sessions presented research and best practice in palliative social work.

Sessions were recorded and can be ordered.


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Courtney Murrell is a PSW who works in hospice palliative care.

When she is not at work, she is spending time with her family, going on hikes or writing. Courtney is a lifelong learner and loves to share her passion for writing as a wellness practice.

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