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Spirituality Matters: Integrating Spiritual Assessment and Interventions in Oncology Social Work

Debra Mattison, LMSW, ACSW, OSW-C
Recorded on September 18, 2019

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About this Live Interactive Webinar 

Despite many advances in cancer care and symptom management from diagnosis to the end of life, cancer remains a chronic illness that can be emotionally, physically and spiritually debilitating.  Spiritual challenges regarding how to integrate diagnosis, treatment, recovery, healing and death into one’s daily life while also attempting to maintain a sense of self in the face of a cancer experience are ever-present.  As oncology social workers, we must be acutely aware of and clinically prepared to skillfully respond to spirituality as an important component of bio psychosocial spiritual care.  The focus of this webinar is to increase clinical skills in addressing spirituality with patients utilizing practical, ready to use clinical tools and materials.  This presentation will:  (1) present a theoretical context for integration of spirituality into oncology social work practice, (2) provide specific evidence-informed tools and resources to support integration of spiritual assessment and intervention into clinical practice and (3) explore personal and professional spiritual self-care in our work in daily responding to human suffering. 

Learning Objectives
At the end of the presentation, the participant will be able to:
  1. Articulate the clinical relevance of integration of spirituality in holistic biopsychosocial spiritual care in oncology social work practice.
  2. Define and differentiate spirituality and religion and the potential impact on patient coping.
  3. Identify at least 3 spirituality-focused assessment and intervention tools for use with patients.
  4. Articulate increased awareness of one’s own spirituality and its relevance to one’s clinical social work practice.
 Presenter
Debra Mattison, LMSW, ACSW, OSW-C earned her Master of Social Work degree from the University of Michigan, School of Social Work and has enjoyed an extensive and meaningful career as an oncology social worker.  She also has interests in grief and loss counseling, palliative care, and integrated health care in both inpatient and ambulatory settings.   Currently, Debra facilitates cancer support groups at the Cancer Support Community of Greater Ann Arbor and is an assistant clinical professor at the University of Michigan, School of     Social Work. She regularly makes presentations and does workshops at local, state and national conferences.

 
Continuing Education Credits

Level - Advanced
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.

Outline
12:00 p.m. - 12:20 p.m.: Articulate the clinical relevance of integration of spirituality in holistic biopsychosocial spiritual care in oncology social work practice.
12:21 p.m. - 12:41 p.m.: Define and differentiate spirituality and religion and the potential impact on patient coping.
12:42 p.m.-1:02 p.m.: Identify at least 3 spirituality-focused assessment and intervention tools for use with patients.
1:03 p.m. - 1:15 p.m.: Articulate increased awareness of one’s own spirituality and its relevance to one’s clinical social work practice.
1:16 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) www.aswb.org 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. 

NEW YORK STATE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT’S STATE BOARD FOR SOCIAL WORK:
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.

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