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Pre-Conference Workshops and Research Institute

These optional events are offered on Tuesday, June 4, for an additional fee.
You must be registered for the AOSW Annual Conference to attend. 

Pre-Conference: Workshop 1 (Full-Day Session)
Becoming and Sustaining a Passionate Leader: To Be or Not to Be…A Manager
Sage Bolte, PhD, LCSW, CST; Penny Damaskos, PhD, LCSW, OSW-C; Alison Sachs, MSW, LCSW, OSW-C; Susan Hedlund, MSW, LCSW, OSW-C, FAOSW 
Price $99.00
Time 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Summary: Many oncology social workers seek out growth opportunities as leaders both within the clinical area and in an administrative setting. In this growth trajectory there is a difference between becoming a manager and management from a leadership perspective. Authors on leadership have identified there is an important distinction to be made that a good manager can be a good leader, but a good leader may not be may not want to be a manager. More importantly, often a leader does not “manage” but rather guides and shapes the direction of a department or program. Through didactic, personal examples and interactive discussion this institute will identify key aspects, informed by research, of what makes a strong manager, management styles and “ego ideal” for leading. Opportunities within institutional settings for leadership, identifying champions outside of social work and how to become visible to key leaders in your organization will be explored.
Course Designation: Clinical
Keywords: Leadership/Administration, Clinical Practice/Skill Building Presentation 
Level: Intermediate

Pre-Conference: Workshop 2 (Full-Day Session)
Navigating Cancer: Work & Insurance
Rebecca Nellis, MPP; Joanna Morales, Esq.
Price $99.00
Time 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Summary: Approximately 50 percent of cancer survivors are working age and many find themselves confronting questions and challenges specific to their individual circumstances. Those who are employed must often address the central question of whether and/or how to continue working through treatment, take time off or return to work. Additionally, studies show that history of a cancer diagnosis increases the likelihood of unemployment compared to healthy peers; and both a drop in employment-related income and a loss in health insurance coverage are significant factors of financial toxicity. This innovative, full-day training provides up-to-date practical and legal information about the various issues that sit at the intersection of work and cancer. Topics include working though treatment and/or taking time off, returning to the workplace, maintaining both income and insurance, and more. Attendees will leave equipped with tools and enhanced clinical skills to empower all patients in improving workrelated outcomes.
Course Designation: Clinical
Keywords: Financial Toxicity, Patient Navigation
Presentation Level: Introductory

Research Institute (Morning Session)
Demystifying the Publication Process: Writing and Reviewing for Peer-reviewed Journals
Karen Kayser, MSW, PhD; Daniela Wittmann, MSW, PhD
Price $50.00
Time 8:00 a.m. - Noon

Summary: This workshop will take the participants through the writing and publishing process, from the initial writing of a manuscript to submission to a journal, through the revise-and-resubmit phase on to publication. It will focus on 1) how to write a variety of articles (original research, case study, book review or commentary) and 2) how to be a peer reviewer for a journal such as the Journal of Psychosocial Oncology. Participants will learn specific steps for writing a manuscript and how to write a good response when the journal asks for the author(s) to revise and resubmit the article. The workshop will be interactive with breakout groups to review manuscripts using a checklist that will be provided. Handouts of recommended readings, tip sheets for writing articles and examples of reviews will be given to participants.
Course Designation: Clinical
Keywords: Research, Education
Presentation Level: Intermediate

Pre-Conference: Workshop 3 (1/2 day - Afternoon Session)
Essential Skills in Collaborative Care in Cancer Treatment
Tiffany Courtnage, MSW,LICSW; Jesse Fann. MD, MPH; Taryn Lindhorst, MSW, PhD
Price $50.00
Time 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Summary: Collaborative care is a model which integrates medical and psychosocial care by adopting a population- based, stepped care approach to identifying and treating problems such as depression, anxiety and other concerns. Social workers are at the core of this model acting as both care managers and brief intervention specialists. This half-day workshop will provide an overview of the collaborative care model, information on effective, population-based screening instruments and training in two core evidence-based practices (EBPs), motivational interviewing and behavioral activation. Participants will actively engage in assessing demonstrations and practicing skills with one another. We will end with participant evaluation of the potential champions and challenges to implementing collaborative care in their settings.
Course Designation: Clinical
Keywords: Clinical Practice/Skill Building; Leadership/Administration
Presentation Level: Intermediate