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Submit a Manuscript to the Journal
Journal of Social Work in End-of-Life & Palliative Care

For a Special Issue on
Trauma-informed Hospice and Palliative Social Work

Manuscript deadline
15 March 2023

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Special Issue Editor(s)

Ellen L. Csikai, LCSW, MPH, Ph.D, School of Social Work, University of Alabama
[email protected]

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Trauma-informed Hospice and Palliative Social Work

Exposure to psychological trauma is widespread in the general population. Psychological traumas are defined as “events that threaten death, serious injury, or sexual violence to self or other (e.g., rape, serious accident, or life-threatening illness); these must be directly experienced or personally witnessed, although some indirect experiences may also qualify as traumas” (American Psychiatric Association [APA], 2013). Individuals with serious illness have likely experienced a series of health emergencies, critical care hospitalizations, and major medical interventions and can be evaluated as having illness-related trauma disorders. Further, when these individuals are admitted to hospice or palliative care, medical intervention failure and disease progression to end stage has often occurred (Ganzel, 2018). Organizations and individual team members, particularly social workers, must be aware of trauma reactions and able to intervene to support the mental health and well-being of the individual and family.

Trauma exposure throughout life also affects how bereavement is experienced. Older adults, due to age, are more likely to have experienced multiple traumas/losses, particularly relationship losses. Also, trauma reactivation (from trauma experienced earlier in life) may occur, often exacerbated by illness and other stressful events. To address who is most at risk for poor outcomes, medical or psychological, and overall well-being, Ganzel (2018) recommends increased development and utilization of trauma assessments and trauma-informed interventions in hospice and palliative care.

This special call for manuscripts seeks submissions that can demonstrate what trauma-informed care looks like for hospice and palliative care social workers: what problems are encountered in daily practice, which trauma-informed interventions are utilized and what are others being developed.

Manuscripts are invited for all sections of the Journal and might also include theoretical discussions, practice or policy issues, and empirical work that builds our understanding of experiences at individual, community, organizational, national, and global levels. Reflections, innovations, practice changes, or research directly related to the practice, administration, and policy relating to palliative social work with trauma-informed care are invited.

Submission Instructions

General guidelines regarding sections of the journal appropriate for submissions:

Reflections: (4-5 pages in length maximum)

  • Personal reflections on what you experienced in your social work practice.
  • Reflection on case studies that were particularly challenging and thoughts on outcome
  • Personal reflections regarding ethical dilemmas encountered

 

Practice Changes and Innovations (10-12 pages maximum)

  • Health care system changes over time and how practice has been affected. How did these changes develop and how were they evaluated to show effectiveness?
  • Evaluations of new interventions or recently implemented programs that show promise in practice and education
  • Ethical dilemmas demonstrated through brief case discussion, including case resolution.

Research manuscripts: (20-25 pages maximum; longer may be considered)

  • Results from empirical research regarding palliative social work practice
  • Research and reflection on the implementation of recent policies/legislation that or research has affected the practice of palliative social work and outcomes for those in need of palliative care.

Authors are strongly encouraged to contact Journal Editor-in-Chief, Ellen L. Csikai ([email protected]), with any questions about appropriateness of the topic of a potential submission.

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