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Pathway to Professionalism for Social Work Interns: A Comprehensive Guide for your Program

Ashley Adams, LCSW Sandra Blackburn, MSW, LSW
Recorded on January 22, 2020

About this Live Interactive Webinar 

This webinar is designed for both new and experienced social work field supervisors. We will share our comprehensive social work intern curriculum that covers orientation to social work career topics.  Various learning module topics include assessment, referrals, documentation, and practice approaches. We created this program for our academic medical center to standardize intern orientation and field education. This program is designed to enhance, not replace individual supervision and teaching.

We share our complete intern field program in digital format and offer attendees a digital customizable template format. Whether you have one student or ten in your department, this intern field program can be modified to fit your needs and provides a standardized orientation and field education.  

Learning Objectives
At the end of the presentation, the participant will be able to:
  1. Participants will be able to define elements of a comprehensive student curriculum.
  2. Participants will be able to analyze their current program needs and identify areas of potential development.
  3. Participants will be able to construct an optimal student intern program using a customizable template.

    Sandy Blackburn, MSW, LSW​, is currently a social worker assigned to the neuro-oncology program at the Abramson Cancer Center.
Sandy is a field supervisor and co-founder and facilitator of the Writing a Life patient writing workshops, the Scanxiety Workshop, and the Social Work Intern program. She serves on the Patient Experience Committee of the ACC’s Patient and Family Advisory Council.
Sandy has presented at national conferences such as the AOSW and APOS on diverse topics including VIP patients, mentorship, and group ethics. She was named the 2019 Social Worker of the Year by the Association of Oncology Social Work.



    Ashley Adams, MSS, LCSW is an oncology social worker and patient navigator at Penn Medicine’s Abramson Cancer Center. Ashley works primarily with individuals in treatment for breast cancer.
Ashley is the co-founder of the Abramson Cancer Center social work intern program and has been a field supervisor for 10 years. She is also the co-founder of the Abramson Cancer Center’s patient support program, Chemo Companions. Ashley has presented locally and nationally on topics such as speaking with children regarding diagnosis and developing a student curriculum.


Continuing Education Credits
Level - Intermediate
Participants will earn 1.5 CE credits upon successful completion of a quiz and a post-webinar evaluation. 

Course Designation
This course has been approved for 1.5 clinical continuing education clock hours.

12:00 p.m. - 12:25 p.m.: Participants will be able to define elements of a comprehensive student curriculum
12:26 p.m. - 12:48 p.m.: Participants will be able to analyze their current program needs and identify areas of potential development
12:49 p.m.-1:09 p.m.: Participants will be able to construct an optimal student intern program using a customizable template
1:10 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.: Questions and Answers

ASSOCIATION OF SOCIAL WORK BOARDS (ASWB):  This organization, Association of Oncology Social Workers, ACE Approval #1351, is approved as a provider for social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) Program. AOSW maintains responsibility for the program. ASWB Approval Period: 11/11/2019 - 11/11/2022.  Social workers should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval for continuing education credits. 

Association of Oncology Social Work, Inc., SW CPE is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #0320.

GRIEVANCE POLICY: ASOW will comply with all legal and ethical responsibilities to be non-discriminatory in promotional activities, program content and in the treatment of program participants. The monitoring and assessment of compliance with these standards will be responsibility of the Education Director in consultation with the Education Chair and clinical director from committee. We do our best to anticipate problems and, when they do present themselves, will attempt to alleviate complaints as quickly as possible. When a complaint, either verbally or written, is received, the following guidelines are followed with respect to achieving resolution: (1) Complaints relative to a speaker or workshop leader, contents of instructional materials being presented, or an individual educational style being utilized, the individual voicing disapproval is requested to place his/her comments in writing. An AOSW representative will convey these comments to the speaker, assuring the confidentiality of the grieved individual. (2) If the complaint concerns a continuing education activity, its content, level of presentation, or facilities in which the event is being held, the representative in charge will attempt to resolve the matter as expeditiously as possible. If the offered resolution (resolutions offered may include, but not be limited to partial/full refund of registration fees paid; credit toward future event) not satisfactory to the individual filing the complaint, then further action may be taken as follows. (3) The individual is requested to place his/her complaint in writing to the attention of the Education Director, The Association of Oncology Social Work, 17W110 22nd St, Suite 800, Oakbrook Terrace, IL 60181. The complaint is then reviewed by the Education Director in consultation with the Clinical Director and Education Advisor. A written response will be issued within 30-days of receipt of the written complaint.

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