Title: Manager of Clinical Services and Manager of Education and Professional Development
Company: Brigham & Women’s Hospital
Location: Roslindale, Massachusetts, United States
Catherine L. Givens, LICSW, ACHP-SW, Manager of Clinical Services, Manager of Education and Professional Development at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Healthcare Professionals for dedication, achievements, and leadership in the field of medicine.
With over 35 years of experience to her credit, Ms. Givens has found success through her role at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts, where she serves in several managerial roles and oversees the efforts of six distinct teams. Specializing in palliative care, social work education, and program development and implementation, she works closely with patients and families to articulate their end-of-life preferences and trains her team members in a variety of medical services. Well-regarded for her manifold accomplishments in this capacity, Ms. Givens is most proud to have played a role in establishing the Successful Aging and Enrichment (SAGE) Program at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, an interdisciplinary effort to address the physical, psychosocial and spiritual needs of patients under palliative care. In honor of this, and other achievements, she was bestowed with a Press Ganey Award, which recognizes excellence in patient care, as well as recognition as the Social Worker of the Year in the state of California in 2015.
Ms. Givens attended the University of Michigan, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in 1984 and a Master of Social Work in interpersonal practice, policy and planning in 1986. She has since been licensed as an independent clinical social worker, and has received advanced certification in hospice and palliative social work. To remain aware of developments in her field, she maintains her affiliation with the National Association of Social Workers and the Social Work Hospice and Palliative Care Network. In accounting for her overall success, Ms. Givens largely credits her commitment to the profession of social work, as well as her passion in serving as a mentor to those who seek to follow her example. Looking toward the future, she aspires to publish more of her research on the subject of palliative care and social work, and to continue championing the cause of LGBTQIA+ rights – particularly on behalf of transgender patients.