Recognizing and Expanding the Impact of Palliative Care Social Work
As Field Advances and Certification Grows, Social Workers Must Step Into Their Role as Leaders, Expert Says
By Larry Beresford
Hospice and palliative care social workers who want to advance their field must recognize their value, demonstrate their strengths, and assert themselves as leaders on the interdisciplinary team, says Gary Gardia, Executive Director of the Advanced Palliative and Hospice Social Worker Certification (APHSW-C) program.
Gardia, LCSW, APHSW-C, said self-doubt, healthcare system hierarchies, and daily challenges of the job can cloud the way social workers see themselves, as well as how they’re perceived by colleagues. Deepening key skills and becoming certified sends a powerful message that elevates the entire field. [Read more…] about Recognizing and Expanding the Impact of Palliative Care Social Work