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Research Opportunities

Study Invitation: Integrative Therapies in Palliative Care

Opportunity to Participate in the Development of Online Learning Related to Integrative Therapies in Palliative Care

Practitioners from all disciplines are needed to provide input for a project sponsored by the NIH National Cancer Institute. This project will develop a comprehensive online CE/CME credit program about integrative therapies in palliative care. 

The resultant multipart course will be designed for physicians, nurses, social workers, chaplains, pharmacists, and other palliative care providers. It will address evidence-based use of acupuncture, massage, aromatherapy, expressive arts therapies, biofield therapies, mind/body and contemplative therapies, and movement therapies with palliative care patients.

The project is led by William Collinge, PhD, MPH, LCSW, a researcher and practitioner in the field of integrative health care, and Leila Kozak, PhD, a post-doctoral fellow in palliative care research at the VA Puget Sound Medical Center.  NHPCO is also an active partner in this project.

All disciplines are needed for online focus groups (60 minutes via Zoom videroconference) to explore learning needs.  Honorarium: $200.

Click here to learn more and apply

Questions about the project should be directed to the two principal investigators: 

William Collinge, PhD, LCSW             William@Collinge.org

Leila Kozak, PhD                                 Leila.Kozak@gmail.com


Survey Invitation for Social Workers

Hospice and Palliative Social Worker Job Analysis

You are invited to participate in a national job analysis survey.  The purpose of this survey is to identify the most significant activities performed by Hospice and Palliative Care Social Workers.  The major source for obtaining this information is a survey of actively practicing professionals in this specialty field. 

As a thank you for participating in the survey, we would like to offer you a chance to enter a drawing to win one of four memberships to the Social Work Hospice and Palliative Network (SWHPN).  If you are already a SWHPN member, your membership will be extended for one year. In order to be eligible, you must enter your contact information at the end of the survey.

The survey will be open September 5 - October 5. Since it is important that we receive as many responses as possible, please feel free to forward this message to others in the hospice and palliative social work profession.

Click here  or go to www.hpjastudy.com to learn more and take the survey.

Barbara Head, PhD, Project Director              barbara.head@louisville.edu

Bonika Peters, MPH, Project Coordinator      bonika.peters@louisville.edu