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Richard Dickens, Director of Client Advocacy, Selected by Association of Oncology Social Work for the 2019 AOSW Fellows Cohort

alt textRichard Dickens, Director of Client Advocacy at CancerCare, LCSW-R, FAOSW, was selected by the Association of Oncology Social Work (AOSW) for the 2019 AOSW Fellows Cohort with the designation – FAOSW.

The purpose of AOSW Fellowship is to recognize and honor those who have made outstanding contributions to the practice of psychosocial oncology. Membership in the Fellowship holds a longstanding expectation of contributions and leadership within the field.

“For 22 years, my growth as an oncology social worker has paralleled my growing participation in AOSW,” says Richard. “They served as a perfect complement, providing an opportunity to share my work experience with national colleagues, expand my network of experts and learn additional skill sets. I am honored to be an AOSW Fellow and look forward to helping nurture the next generation of oncology social workers.”

Richard is a member of the Association of Oncology Social Work (AOSW). He is a mentor in the Zelda Foster Studies Program in Palliative and End of Life Care at New York University (NYU) School of Social Work, and has taught in the Weissman Center for Social Administration at Hunter College. Richard was a Guest Lecturer in Social Work at Columbia University and a supervisor and teacher in the Smith College End of Life Program. He has presented on numerous health care topics in North America, China, Australia, Ireland and South Africa.

For over 20 years, Richard has served as an oncology social worker providing counseling to those affected by cancer. As the director of client advocacy, Richard provides a voice for those living with cancer in policy discussion regarding health care.

“For over two decades, Richard has been a leader on the CancerCare team, as well as in the field of oncology social work,” said Patricia J. Goldsmith, CEO of CancerCare. “The esteemed honor of Fellow is well-deserved.”

Rick was honored at the Welcome and Awards Ceremony at the 35th Annual AOSW Conference, June 5 - 7, 2019 at the JW Marriott Tucson Starr Pass Resort & Spa in Tucson, Arizona.

Posted by Amanda Shlosberg on June 17, 2019 in CancerCare News


Karen Lewis said on Wednesday, July 10 2019
Richard was my counselor when I was first diagnosed with non-small cell carcinoma in 2017and he was instrumental in the navigation of my treatment early on. I couldnt have done so well without his insight support and guidance. He is a very knowledgeable and helped me so much I tell everyone to go to cancer care if they are facing a difficult diagnosis. Thank you Cancer Care and Richard for all you have done to help me through this difficult time and what you continue to do for so many patients every day, you fill a very important need for us all. Sincerely, Karen Lewis
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