How to Transform Your Best Practices to Research and Publication

Course Overview

This webinar will provide social work practitioners with an overview of how to convert daily practice challenges and successes into the development of research and further, to disseminate the findings through conference presentations and publication in professional journals. This will be accomplished in two parts: 1-Research primer: Instruction regarding how to get from practice perspectives to developing questions that will support research studies, including intervention studies and 2-Publication primer: Review of the publication process for research and other types of practitioner-driven manuscripts and instruction about how to transform conference presentations into manuscripts for publication.

Target audience: Social Workers

Content Level: Accessible to all levels

After attending the course, participants will be able to:

  • Discuss strategies for designing research from practice perspectives
  • Apply knowledge and skills learned to develop research questions
  • Identify potential research collaborators
  • Understand the manuscript review process and what is expected of authors

About the Instructors

Ellen L. Csikai, LCSW, MPH, Ph.D is Professor in the School of Social Work at the University of Alabama. Dr. Csikai is the founding and ongoing editor of the Journal of Social Work in End-of-Life and Palliative Care encompassing 15 years. Along with the journal, she is engaged in research, scholarship and advocacy for palliative and end-of-life care. Currently, her research primarily addresses communication and treatment decisions among older oncology patients, family members, and health care professionals in the U.S. and internationally with colleagues in Hungary and Cuba. She has devoted her career to the development of social work research in the field and to improving the quality of life for individuals and families at perhaps the most important time in life.

Karen Bullock, PhD, LCSW is Department Head and Professor of Social Work at North Carolina State University. Dr. Bullock has more than 20 years of clinical practice experience in mental health and aging, with interests and expertise in health care disparities and end-of-life care issues. Dr. Bullock's research focuses on cancer care and social support for older adults with non-curable illnesses. Dr. Bullock has published and presented nationally and internationally on these topics.

Quentin R. Maynard, PhD, MSW, LMSW, is an Assistant Professor in the Social Work Department at the University of Southern Indiana. Dr. Maynard’s research interests focus broadly on older adults with serious illness and near the end of life. Completed and ongoing research has specifically focusing on older adults' conception of a ‘good death’.

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The cost is $25 for SWHPN members, $40 for non-members, and free for Student & Retiree Members. 

CE requirements:

To earn CE credit, social workers must log in, attend the entire course and complete an online course assessment and evaluation. Certificates of completion will be emailed immediately following course completion.

Social Work Hospice & Palliative Care Network aka SWHPN, #1716, is approved as a provider for social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB), through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Social Work Hospice & Palliative Care Network aka SWHPN maintains responsibility for the program.  ASWB Approval Period: 7/18/2020 – 7/18/2023. Social workers should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval for continuing education credits. Social workers participating in this course will receive 1 continuing education clock hours.

Social Work Hospice and Palliative Care Network is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #SW-0503.

Course Details

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