APOSW 45th Annual Conference

Conference Venue

Marriott Downtown Louisville
Louisville, Kentucky

Conference Goal

To provide a collaborative learning experience for oncology social workers to address the needs of families impacted by childhood cancer.

Abstract Submission

The Association of Pediatric Oncology Social Workers requests abstracts for seminar, breakout and poster sessions at the 45th Annual Conference in Louisville, Kentucky on April 12-14, 2021. The conference theme is Unbridled Compassion: Caring for Ourselves While Caring for Others. Presentations addressing clinical and research topic areas encompassing this theme as well as other areas relevant to pediatric oncology social work practice are welcome.

Pediatric oncology social work is a specialty discipline committed to enhancing the emotional and physical well-being of children with cancer and their families. Practice is based upon a unique body of knowledge and expertise in the areas of biopsychosocial care and the impact of life-threatening illness on child development and family life. Pediatric oncology social workers are clinicians, program managers, educators, advocates and researchers who serve as pivotal members of multidisciplinary health care teams. They tend not only to the needs of childhood cancer patients and their families, but also to the needs of teams, institutions and communities.

Conference Goal

To provide a collaborative learning experience for oncology social workers to address the needs of families impacted by childhood cancer.

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this conference, participants will be able to:


Explain and apply social work theory, evidence-based practice, interventions, and techniques to address psychosocial care, barriers to care, and programmatic needs of pediatric patients and family members from diagnosis through survivorship, and into the bereavement process.


Describe evidence-based practice to support pediatric cancer patients and their families through discussions of research studies, outcomes, and recommendations in the field of pediatric oncology social work.


Identify and discuss the psychosocial needs of children diagnosed with cancer and their families toward compassionate end of life care, healing and future growth.


Evaluate methods for professional development through leadership in the field of pediatric hematology/oncology and blood/marrow transplantation.

Abstract submission deadlineFriday, August 21, 2020 (11:59 pM Central Standard Time)

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