Advanced Certificate in Oncology Social Work Practice

Cancer Happens Everywhere

The Advanced Certificate in Oncology Social Work Practice is designed for current healthcare social workers to gain superior knowledge and skills for work with individuals, families, and communities impacted by cancer. Our unique hybrid online and immersion program offers a world class learning opportunity in a highly interactive, relational, and convenient format.

We combine an immersive campus weekend with interactive, online course delivery that supports learning for working professionals, wherever they live and work. Learners will travel to the University of Pennsylvania’s campus in mid-October for an intensive weekend of learning alongside peers and building relationships with nationally recognized social work leaders. Online classes using videoconferencing are then offered twice per month.

To learn more, email us at sp2oncology@upenn.edu.

What is Oncology Social Work?

Oncology social work is a specialization within social work practice that addresses the psychosocial needs of individuals, families, and communities impacted by cancer. Emerging from a long tradition of social work in healthcare, the sub-specialty of oncology social work has flourished in the last century as biomedical advances transformed cancer from a terminal to a chronic disease. Despite these advances, a diagnosis of cancer is often emotionally and financially devastating. Through multi-systemic and holistic practice, research, education, and advocacy, social workers are integral to providing comprehensive care to people with cancer.

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