Monday Memo
Monday Memo
Monday, July 18, 2016
What's NEW at Athena Forum

Athena Forum's Ellen Fink-Samnick Wins
CMSA National Award of Service Excellence (AOSE)

Ellen Fink-Samnick, the 2016 recipient of the CMSA National Award of Service Excellence (AOSE) is the Director of Social Work Education for Athena Forum. She has served in that capacity since 2011. The AOSE national award is given to an "in-the-trenches," grassroots case manager whose day-to-day CM practice has transformed the field and contributed to the greater good -- not only for their clients but also for their community.

Through this distinguished honor, CMSA desires to recognize the extraordinary importance one individual can make through outstanding initiative, inspiration to others, and significant contributions to improving the quality of practice.

Ellen Fink-Samnick is Course Director for Care Management and Behavioral Health courses in the current Athena Forum curriculum for Case Managers, including Ethics in Case Management, Establishing Professional Identity, Depression and Harm Risk Behavior. In addition, she is a planning committee member and faculty on numerous courses such as Hospital Revenue Cycle, CM Express, Heart Failure and Inflammatory Bowel Diseases. She also serves as the CMSA, NASW and CCMC Practice Standards expert for all case studies in the Athena Forum curriculum.

Tips from our featured course

The Importance of Professional Ethics

"The importance of solid professional ethics cannot be overstated.To resolve these issues Case Managers must abide by the Code of Conduct established by the requisite certifying organization."

Ellen Fink-Samnick, MSW, ACSW, LCSW, CCM, CRP
Director of Social Work Education
Athena Forum Institute®

[Ethics in Case Management, Module A, Ethical Standards]

Defining Professional Resilience

"A health and human service professional's commitment to achieve balance between occupational stressors and life challenges, while fostering professional values and career sustainability. This is accomplished through a set of defined building blocks and individualized strategies."

Ellen Fink-Samnick, MSW, ACSW, LCSW, CCM, CRP
Director of Social Work Education
Athena Forum Institute®

[Professional Identity, Module A, Essentials of PI]

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