NewsLine - January 2013 - (Page 22)

continued from previous page Social Work Leadership— By Laura Koehler, LCSW, ACHP-SW E vents are happening at a record pace in the hospice industry. Public reporting, increased scrutiny, and Medicare cuts necessitate being vigilant and responsive. Practices and procedures should be continually developed to meet both new obstacles and emerging requirements. Health care changes demand rational and forward-thinking strategic planning. This article illuminates a potential strategy for at least partially addressing some of these challenges—one that utilizes master’s prepared social workers. These professionals possess a skill set and philosophy that meld seamlessly with the hospice approach to end-of-life care and, through encouragement and mentoring, can successfully fill leadership positions in hospice. They are an asset that can help your hospice face the complex times ahead. The Right Foundation A two-year social work graduate program prepares students for hospice work at both the clinical and supervisorial levels. Coursework focuses on the study of human behavior and psychology, including advanced counseling techniques, understanding group dynamics, and team building. It also includes developing and honing the student’s: • Assessment skills, based on the “systems” approach to looking at situations (i.e., analyzing every issue/person from a “micro” and “macro” perspective, and how these perspectives interact); • Communication skills, including conflict resolution, group facilitation, and mediation; • Advocacy skills—to prepare them for work with those who are underrepresented or underserved. 22 NewsLine

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of NewsLine - January 2013

New Strategic Plan to Guide Us Forward
Highlights From 2012
New NHPCO Website
Meet MLC’s Stellar Plenary Speakers
The Voice of NCHPP
Social Work Leadership—a Resource to be Tapped
My.NHPCO: A Great Resource for SWs
Get the NHPCO Edge (display ad)
How Can I Help Hospice? (display ad)
Compliance Tip
A Special Thanks to Our Guest Authors
Videos Worth Watching
News From NHF

NewsLine - January 2013