This 12-month program will include 11 monthly sessions taught on Saturdays on the University of Pennsylvania campus. Learners will attend class sessions from September through July. In the twelfth month of the program, all learners will complete a capstone project which will not require a campus session.

Core Curriculum

Oncology Social Work Basics: Distress screening, assessment, and treatment planning

Cancer Survivorship

Supervision and Administration in Oncology Care

Teaching and Mentorship

Interprofessional Teams and Leadership

Advance Care Planning

Palliative and End of Life Care

Cancer Health Disparities and Cultural Humility

Essentials of Health Insurance and Public Benefits

Trauma Informed Cancer Care

Building and Financing Cancer Screening and Prevention Programs for Communities

Group Work in Oncology Settings

Work with Families Affected by Cancer

Cancer, Bioethics, and Moral Distress

Spirituality in Oncology Social Work Practice

Cancer and the Life Cycle: Pediatrics

Cancer and the Life Cycle: Adolescents and Young Adults

Cancer and the Life Cycle: Adults

Cancer and the Life Cycle: Geriatrics

Research: Building the Evidence Base

Oncology Social Work Practice with LGBTQI Individuals and Families

Sexual Health and Fertility Across the Cancer Spectrum

Cancer Genomics 101

CBT and DBT Essentials in Management of Depression and Anxiety in Cancer Care

Capstone Project

All students will complete a capstone project in the final month of the program. This offers students the opportunity to develop a demonstration project integrating their learning and ongoing clinical practice.

Projects will be developed in consultation with the Program Director.

Examples include:

  • Starting a new program with a community partner;
  • Creating an educational module for newly diagnosed patients;
  • Building a resource guide for a rare diagnosis; or
  • Developing and delivering a webinar on a topic of interest.

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