There's No Place Like Home: A Community-Based Palliative Care and Hospice Program
This presentation will highlight one outpatient, community-based program that provides compassionate care to patients and families on either palliative care or hospice services from two pediatric hospitals. Attendees will have the opportunity to learn from the insights gained by both a community-based child life specialist and a medical social worker and will examine the differences between hospital and community-based practices. SUGGESTED DOMAIN: Professional Responsibility
Discuss the structure and goals of an innovative community-based palliative care and hospice program.
Explore child life and medical social work community-based practice.
Explore the opportunities and obstacles faced in a community-based clinical practice and make application for safety and professional boundaries in field work.
Stephanie is a certified child life specialist with six years of experience in high acuity patient care settings. Stephanie graduated from the University of Iowa with a BS in Child Life and minors in Spanish and Theatre Arts. Stephanie was a child life specialist at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital for five years before accepting her position as a community child life specialist with Methodist Le Bonehur Healthcare in the Quality of Life for All Kids Program in Memphis, TN. This program provides compassionate care to palliative and hospice eligible patients and families in hospital housing facilities and in the Memphis community.
Licensed Master Social Worker
Cheryl Fergerson is a Licensed Master Social Worker. She is currently working the Quality of Life for All Kids (QoLA) program in the Methodist Lebonheur Healthcare System as a Medical Social Worker. Prior to working with QoLA, Cheryl worked with Le Bonheur Children's Hospital in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit as a medical social worker. She also has more than 14 years of experience in child welfare with The Tennessee Department of Children's Services. She was responsible for the supervision of five counties for Child Protective Services, Foster Care, and Juvenile Justice Programming. Cheryl also serves as an adjunct professor in the University Of Memphis School Of Social Work and the University of Mississippi (Ole Miss) School of Social Work. She completed her Bachelor's Degree at The University of Memphis in Sociology. Her Master's degree was also obtained from The University of Memphis in Social Work. Cheryl is a Licensed Master Social Worker in the states of Tennessee, Arkansas and Mississippi. She is also currently pursuing her Doctorate Degree in Social Work (DSW) at Capella University. She is in candidacy now, will have final approval of her dissertation, and plans to graduate later in 2019. The title of her dissertation is ACEs (Adverse Childhood Experiences) and Self‐care: An Examination of Child Protective Services Investigators.