Pre-Conference: Workshop 1
Oncology Social Work 101: A Workshop for New Oncology Social Workers
Presented by Catherine Credeur LMSW, OSW-C, FAOSW
10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
This skill building six-hour practice intensive is an orientation to the field of psychosocial oncology and oncology social work career development. The target audience for this session are oncology social workers with three years or fewer in this niche field. Participants may be new graduates or practitioners shifting from another area of social work. The goals for this session are to provide a brief introduction to current trends and significant tasks in oncology social work, connect with oncology social workers in similar areas of practice for ongoing networking, and identify opportunities for self-care and career growth. Special attention will be given to working with underserved populations and the transference of prior experience and skills into oncology social work.
Pre-Conference: Workshop 2
Interventions to Mitigate Financial Toxicity
Fee – $59.00
Presented by Joanna F. Morales, Esq.
Time 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Oncology social workers are often called upon to educate patients and help them navigate health and disability insurance and employment issues throughout the continuum of care. These are topics that are often not covered in traditional social work educational programs. And, many social workers are required to learn “on the job.” This training will improve the knowledge of both new and experienced social workers by providing key tips and best practices for navigating these systems. Through exercises and case studies attendees will be able to help patients understand how to pick the most effective health insurance plan, identify accommodations, and explain the timing of SSDI and Medicare benefits. Oncology social workers who attend this training will walk away with key information to be uniquely positioned to provide this information to patients, not only potentially mitigating their financial burden, but improving their quality of life and their patient satisfaction.