Conference Objectives


Clinical Practice and Research
Highlight the available avenues for social workers to lead and engage in clinical practice and research design/methodologies and enhance visibility of oncology social workers at micro, mezzo, and macro levels in a variety of practice settings (i.e. work with individuals, families, groups, organizations, academic, private practice, policy, and communities).

Demonstrate challenges and opportunities in the delivery of cancer care across the cancer continuum for all patients and families, with an emphasis on evidence-informed practice related to: race, age, ethnicity, religion, spirituality, culture, language, immigration status, Veteran status, physical or intellectual/developmental abilities, socioeconomic status, sexual identity, and gender identity and/or expression while upholding our social work values to increase DEIB in our own profession.

Highlight and evaluate the impact of current or emerging ethical, moral, and legal challenges in social work practice, education, and research.

Explore and illustrate opportunities to engage and evaluate current leadership principles and practices, mentorship, and professional development strategies within cancer care and oncology settings in addition to academics, research, community organizations, advocacy, and public health, etc.

Innovation & Program Development
Explore innovative interventions that empower and engage oncology professionals by illustrating effective program implementation and/or dissemination that impacts outcomes across multiple stakeholders, in alignment with process, metrics, and quality assurance and improvement tools in an ever-changing healthcare system, across models of psychosocial and value-based care.

Advocacy & Health Policy
Highlight and demonstrate current and emerging practice-based advocacy, policy initiatives, models, and strategies for collaboration at the organizational, local, state, national, or international levels. This includes advocacy and promotion of the oncology social work profession.