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The Family Meeting in Healthcare: Social Work in a Leadership Role

Date and Time

Tuesday, May 10, 2022
2 - 4 p.m. ET

Offered via live webinar.

Completion of this class will result in the receipt of two (2) continuing education hours.

Registration will close at midnight of the day before the class.

Family caregivers play a significant role in caring for people with chronic and serious illness. In the context of palliative and end-of-life care, caregivers play a vital role in providing assistance with activities of daily living, critical medical decision-making, and adherence to treatment recommendations. Social workers are uniquely qualified to work with family caregivers from the person-in-situation perspective, and to take the lead in the family meeting. This class will highlight the theoretical framework for the family meeting in healthcare, including palliative care, best practices in caregiver assessment and treatment, using real-life case scenarios to illustrate complex clinical issues and social work best practices. The training will focus on reinforcement of theory, practice skills, reflective exercises, and strategies for increasing professional visibility within the family meeting. Topics will include: caregiver burden, biopsychosocial screening; multidimensional intervention; communication techniques; existential and cultural differences in response to serious illness.


Participants will be able to:

  1. Apply the theoretical basis underlying the family meeting in palliative care; 
  2. Expand current repertoire of competencies and skills using evidence-based best practices in the family meeting;
  3. Identify current clinical, research and training trends, gaps and opportunities.

Myra GlajchenMyra Glajchen, DSW, MSW, BSW, ACSW, APHSW-C

Myra Glajchen is Director of Education and Training, MJHS Institute for Innovation in Palliative Care, and Assistant Professor of Family Medicine at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. She has extensive experience as a social work clinician, educator and researcher. She has participated in education and training on various topics related to palliative care, hospice, caregivers and interdisciplinary practice. At Beth Israel, Dr. Glajchen developed the Family Caregiver Initiative to improve the well-being of caregivers of patients with advanced illness, and created new clinical services and communication tools for Chinese caregivers, and implemented programs to increase access to palliative care, hospice and home care for immigrant families disenfranchised by culture, education or income. At MJHS, she directs the social work internship, physician fellowship and interprofessional training programs. Dr. Glajchen holds numerous leadership positions, as project director for ESPEC, a new program for Educating Social Workers in Palliative and End-of-Life Care (ESPEC), board member for the Social Work Hospice and Palliative Care Network (SWHPN), Chair of SWHPN’s External Engagement Committee, and Past President for the Advanced Palliative Hospice Social Worker Certification Board (APHSW-C). Dr. Glajchen is a frequent local and national presenter who has published numerous articles and book chapters on caregiver burden and palliative care.


Adam SchoenfarberAdam Schoenfarber, LCSW, APHSW-C

Adam Schoenfarber is the Palliative Care Social Worker at Westchester Medical Center.  He is an adjunct faculty member at Fordham University Graduate School of Social Service where he teaches the Palliative Social Work course. His interests focus on disenfranchised, marginalized communities and ensuring that end-of-life providers provide relevant, patient and family-centered, and culturally-sensitive care. Adam obtained his MSW at Columbia University School of Social Work. He completed his undergraduate experience at the University of Massachusetts- Amherst.


Volume discounts are not applied at checkout. They will be issued as a refund.

  • Full Tuition - $60
  • GSS Alumni - $50
  • Current Fordham Field Instructor - $50
  • Current Fordham Adjunct Faculty - $50
  • SWHPN Member - $50
  • 3+ members registering from one agency - $40 per registration
  • Non-Fordham Current MSW or Social Work PhD Student - $40
  • Veterans - $40
  • Fordham Faculty and Staff - $40
  • Current Fordham MSW or PhD Student - $30
  • Fordham Alumni Palliative Care Fellow - $30
  • Current Fordham Palliative Care Fellowship Field Instructor/Career Mentor - $30
  • Current Fordham Palliative Care Fellow - $0

You will receive the Zoom link for joining the class by the day before the class. You will need a computer and a reliable WiFi connection. The computer may be a desktop or a laptop. It may be an Apple or Windows computer.

If you have never used Zoom before, you will likely be prompted to download an applet, which is a small program that allows Zoom to communicate with your computer. This is safe and you will need to do this to join the class.

It is NOT advised that you participate using a table (e.g,.an iPad) or a cellular phone. The software is not optimized for these devices.

Please plan to join the online class 15 minutes before the start time to be sure that you don’t have any problems connecting. We cannot provide technical support to you and refunds won’t be offered if you have technical problems. If you have any questions or concerns about this, please contact us at at least a few days before the class.