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Powerful Storytelling: Powerful Advocates

Elizabeth Franklin, LGSW, ACSW and Jennifer Bires, LICSW, OSW-C
Recorded on April 25, 2019

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About this Live Interactive Webinar 

This webinar will showcase the power in storytelling and how to harness that skill to become a powerful advocate. Attendees will learn about the components of a good story, how to turn their experiences into a compelling narrative, and how to utilize that information to advocate with and on behalf of patients, as well as the profession.  

Learning Objectives
At the end of the presentation, the participant will be able to:
  1. Identify the foundational components of storytelling.
  2. Recognize how advocacy can be informed by storytelling.
  3. Relate your professional story to advocate with patients and for the profession.  

    Elizabeth Franklin, LGSW, ACSW, is Executive Director of the Cancer Policy Institute (CPI) at the Cancer Support Community (CSC). CSC is the largest provider of social and emotional support services for cancer patients and their loved ones in the United States. Elizabeth previously held positions at the George Washington University Cancer Institute, the Prevent Cancer Foundation, and the headquarters of the National Association of Social Workers. Elizabeth is obtaining her doctorate at the University of Maryland School of Social Work and has her MSW from the University of Illinois at Chicago and her BSW from the University of Kentucky.

      Jennifer Bires, LICSW, OSW-C, is the Executive Director at Smith Center for Healing and the Arts in Washington, DC.  After almost a decade of experience as an oncology social worker in the DC area, Jennifer came to the Smith Center with a goal of improving access to psychosocial services for anyone in the city impacted by cancer. Jennifer facilitates a number of support groups at Smith Center and has a passion for working with young adults and those who are nearing end of life. In 2017, she was awarded the 2017 Oncology Social Worker of the Year award from the Association of Oncology Social Workers.  

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.: Identify the foundational components of storytelling.
12:26 p.m. - 12:48 p.m.: Recognize how advocacy can be informed by storytelling.
12:49 p.m.-1:09 p.m.: Relate your professional story to advocate with patients and for the profession.
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: 11/11/16 - 11/11/19.  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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