Educating Social Workers in Palliative and End-of-Life Care (ESPEC)


Educating Social Workers in Palliative and End-of-Life Care (ESPEC)

Myra Glajchen

Myra Glajchen, DSW, MSW, BSW, ACSW, APHSW-C
Project Director

Myra Glajchen is Director of Education and Training in the MJHS Institute, Instructor of Social Work at Fordham University School of Social Work and Columbia University School of Social Work, and Assistant Professor in the Department of Family and Social Medicine at Albert Einstein College of Medicine. 

Dr. Glajchen is among a small group of national leaders in palliative social work, with extensive experience as a social work clinician, educator and researcher. She is a board member of the Social Work Hospice and Palliative Care Network (SWHPN), Chair of SWHPN’s External Engagement Committee, and Past President for the Advanced Palliative Hospice Social Work Certification (APHSW-C). She is a Continuing Education Provider for Social Work in New York State, and co-editor for the Oxford Textbook of Palliative Communication. Dr Glajchen manages the Social Work Internship,  Physician Fellowship and Interprofessional Training at MJHS Hospice and Palliative Care. She is the Project Director for the Caregiver Initiative at MJHS. She is a frequent local and national presenter with numerous publications on caregiver burden and palliative care.

Shirley Otis-Green

Shirley Otis-Green, MSW, MA, ACSW, LCSW, OSW-CE, FNAP
Project Co-Director

Shirley Otis -Green is the Director of Collaborative Caring, which focuses on education, research and consultation in palliative care. Previously, she served as Clinical Director of the Coalition for Compassionate Care of California and Senior Research Specialist at the City of Hope National Medical Center. She is a national leader and educator in the field of palliative care, and co-editor of the Oxford Textbook of Palliative Social Work.

Ms. Otis -Green is a National Association of Social Workers Pioneer, recipient of the Project on Death in America’s Social Work Leadership Development Award, a Distinguished Social Work Practitioner in the National Academies of Practice, and a California Health Care Leadership Fellow. She has a distinguished teaching portfolio. She is past Principal Investigator for the ACE and ExCEL teaching programs in social work and adjunct faculty at the University of Maryland.  She is a prolific author and presenter locally, nationally and internationally. In addition, she serves on several editorial and professional boards.

Ken Meeker

Ken Meeker, LCSW, APHSW-C
ESPEC Advisory Board Member and Trainer

Ken Meeker is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who is board certified in Advanced Palliative and Hospice Social Work (APHSW-C). He is the founder of Guiding Wishes, which provides counseling to help clients face the challenges of serious illness, including advance care planning, medical decision making, emotional distress, caregiving, and bereavement. Prior to private practice, Mr. Meeker was a Palliative Care Social Worker at Montefiore Medical Center where he counseled hundreds of patients and family members on multiple aspects of coping with serious illness, collaborated with medical teams, conducted family meetings, and provided bereavement counseling. 

Mr. Meeker’s teaching experience includes didactics for fellows, residents, attendings and medical students, and communication training based on the VitalTalk curriculum. An accomplished presenter, he has given talks on palliative care topics at Fordham University and at national and regional conferences. Mr. Meeker is an Advisory Board Member and Core Faculty for the ESPEC training program.