ExCEL in Social Work Resources and Links

(AOSW) is a non-profit, international organization dedicated to the enhancement of psychosocial services to people with cancer and their families. Created in 1984 by social workers interested in oncology and by existing national cancer organizations, AOSW is an expanding force of psychosocial oncology professionals. AOSW’s mission is to advance excellence in the psychosocial care of persons with cancer, their families, and caregivers through:
  • Networking
  • Education
  • Advocacy
  • Research
  • Resource Development

AOSW Goals
  • Increase awareness of the psychosocial effects of cancer.
  • Advance the practice of psychosocial interventions that enhance quality of life and recovery of persons with cancer and their families.
  • Foster communication and support among psychosocial oncology caregivers.
  • Further the study of psychological and social effects of cancer through research and continuing education.
  • Advocate for programs and policies to meet the psychosocial needs of oncology patients and their families.
  • Promote liaison activities with other psychosocial oncology groups and professional oncology organizations.
  • Promote the highest professional standards and ethics in the practice of oncology social work.

The Association of Pediatric Oncology Social Workers
The (APOSW) mission is to advance pediatric psychosocial oncology care through clinical social work practice, research, advocacy, education, and program development.

  • To advocate and develop policies nationally and internationally that will enhance the lives of children with cancer and their families
  • To provide clinical interventions and develop programs and that will enrich the lives of children with cancer and their families
  • To collaborate with related organizations to achieve the purposes and goals of the Association and the psychosocial needs of patients and their families
  • To promote the professional and ethical standards of pediatric oncology social work
  • To advance the psychosocial well being of patients and their families by conducting/developing research in pediatric oncology
  • To conduct evidenced based practice that will enhance the quality of life of children with cancer and their families
  • To cultivate communication thorough education and networking with the childhood cancer community
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The National Association of Social Workers (NASW)
NASW is the largest membership organization of professional social workers in the world, with 145,000 members. NASW works to enhance the professional growth and development of its members, to create and maintain professional standards, and to advance sound social policies.

Cancer Care for the Whole Patient: Meeting Psychosocial Health Needs
Cancer care today often provides state-of-the-science biomedical treatment, but fails to address the psychological and social (psychosocial) problems associated with the illness. This failure can compromise the effectiveness of health care and thereby adversely affect the health of cancer patients. Read more...

Advocating for Clinical Excellence (ACE) Project
Individuals facing a serious illness require competent and compassionate care, with patients confronting a complex interplay of physical, psychological, social, spiritual, existential, medical, financial and social burdens. However, evidence indicates that few health-care providers are adequately prepared for this critical task. The ACE Project is an innovative psycho-oncology educational initiative which aims to change this. The ACE Project is designed to improve palliative care on a multidisciplinary basis through an intensive advocacy and leadership training programs for psychologists, social workers and spiritual care professionals.
Contact: Shirley Otis-Green at ACEproject@coh.org.

The Oxford Textbook of Palliative Social Work (Oxford University Press, 2011)
Edited by leading social work clinician-researchers in the US, Terry Altilio and Shirley Otis-Green, this text is a comprehensive, evidence-informed text that provides clinicians, researchers, policy-makers and academicians with content to inform and enrich the guidelines recommended by the National Consensus Project and the National Quality Forum Preferred Practices. It is designed to meet the needs of health social work professionals who seek to provide culturally sensitive biopsychosocial-spiritual care for patients and families living with life-threatening illness. This text serves as the definitive resource for practicing clinicians and fulfills the need for social work faculty who wish to complement general health care texts with information specific to palliative and end-of-life care.

The Pain Resource Center (PRC)
The City of Hope Pain & Palliative Care Resource Center serves as a clearinghouse of information and resources that assist others in improving the quality of pain management and end of life care. Established in 1985 by Nursing Research and Education, it is a central source of a variety of materials including pain assessment tools, patient education materials, research instruments, quality assurance materials, special population resources, cancer survivorship resources, end of life resources, and other resources.

The Southern California Cancer Pain Initiative (SCCPI)
SCCPI is a nonprofit volunteer interdisciplinary organization made up of physicians, nurses, pharmacists, social workers and many other professionals dedicated to the relief of cancer pain. Three newsletters as well as various announcements are sent to the 3,000 SCCPI members every year. SCCPI also offers the following professional courses:

Pain Resource Nurse (PRN) Training Course
The primary purpose of this course is to prepare individual nurses in a comprehensive training program related to assessment and treatment of pain.                                  
Contact: Maggie Johnson at mjohnson@coh.org

The End-of-Life Nursing Education Consortium (ELNEC)
A national education initiative to improve end-of-life care in the United States. The Project provides undergraduate and graduate nursing faculty, CE providers, staff development educators, specialty nurses in pediatrics, oncology, critical care and geriatrics and other nurses with training in end-of-life care so they can teach this essential information to nursing students and practicing nurses. ELNEC trainings are held multiple times each year in locations across the country.
Contact: Celeste Radell at cradell@coh.org
Writing for Wellness
Writing for Wellness provides a new and focused writing program for cancer patients, their family members, caregivers, and medical staff. It includes information about the author’s own battle with cancer, Healing Words from more than 60 contributors, and instructions for the reader to write his or her own healing words in the It’s Your Turn section.

For six years participants in Writing for Wellness classes have come to write and to eagerly share their stories. Wealthy Hollywood writers and producers sit alongside the poorest of the poor. Racial, religious, and cultural minorities all write together, battling to survive, heal, thrive. In her class Julie’s method focuses on specific themes. Anger, frustration, fear, laughter, and tears pour out in prose and poetry, which Julie has collected in her book,Writing for Wellness A Prescription for Healing Now readers can share in the healing by doing their own writing — first reading the Healing Words from more than 60 class participants and then expressing their own feelings with the It’s Your Turn section in every chapter.
  • The author, a college writing professor and two-time breast-cancer survivor, shares her experiences to teach cancer patients and family members how to express what they are going through.
  • The audience includes those who have experienced cancer or other tragedies personally or through their family and friends, and those working in medical centers, hospitals.
  • Each thematic chapter includes Julie’s own experiences battling cancer, the writings of her students in Healing Words, and a section for readers, It’s Your Turn, designed to help them begin to heal through writing.

The book is an inspirational, uplifting, and sometimes humorous look at how cancer and other tragedies affect our lives. A unique and focused writing program containing the contributions of more than 60 participants in Julie Davey’s Writing for Wellness classes at City of Hope. filled with easy-to-follow writing techniques you can use to help healing, even if you are a “non-writer.”