​Amy Boelk

Associate Professor

Education

Ph.D., Social Work - University of Texas at Austin
M.S.S.W., University of Wisconsin - Madison
B.S.W., University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire
Certified Advance Practice Social Worker (CAPSW)

Book

Loy, M. & Boelk, A.Z. (2014).  Losing a parent to suicide: Using lived experiences to inform bereavement counseling.  New York: Routledge.

Book Chapters

Kramer, B.J. & Boelk, A.Z. (forthcoming).  Family conflict and its management: Providing responsive family care at end of life. In Christ, G., Messner, C. & Behar, L. Handbook of Oncology Social Work. New York: Oxford University Press.

Boelk, A.Z. & Retrum, J.H. (2014).  Building capacity to overcome challenges in the delivery of hospice and palliative care in rural communities. In Scales, T.L., Streeter, C.L., & Cooper, H.S. Rural Social Work:  Building and Sustaining Community Capacity, 2nd Edition.  New Jersey: Wiley & Sons.

Articles

Boelk, A.Z. & Kramer, B.J. (2012). Advancing theory of family conflict at the end-of-life: Implications for hospice
service providers.  Journal of Pain and Symptom Management, 44(5), 655-670.

Haxton, J. & Boelk, A.Z. (2010). Serving families on the frontline: Challenges and creative solutions in rural
hospice social work. Social Work in Health Care, 49(6), 526-550.
 
Kramer, B. J., Boelk, A., & Auer, C. (2006).  Family conflict at the end-of-life:  Lessons learned in a model program for
vulnerable older adults.  Journal of Palliative Medicine, 9, 791-801.

Conferences and Presentations

Kramer, B.J. & Boelk, A.Z. Predictors of family conflict at the end of life: The experience of hospice family caregivers. Participation in symposium entitled “Implications of end-of-life contexts for the psychosocial well-being of family members. Gerontological Society of America’s 66th Annual Meeting. New Orleans, LA, November 2013.
 
Boelk, A.Z., Wurzer, S., Hustedt, D., & Galloy, L. Hospice and palliative care in rural communities: Challenges and innovative approaches.  The 19th Conference on the Small City and Regional Community:  Providing Health Care to Small Cities and Rural Areas.  UW-Stevens Point, April 2013.
 
Kramer, B.J. & Boelk, A.Z. Family conflict at the end of life: Causes, consequences, and compassionate responses.  Full day workshop for social workers and other healthcare professionals.  5th Annual Spring Conference on Palliative Social Work, Sponsored by Life Quality Institute. Denver, CO, April 2013. 
 
Boelk, A.Z. Family conflict at the end of life: Considerations for assessment and care planning. Discussion session with hospice and palliative care social workers at Hospice and Palliative Care Experts (HOPE) of Wisconsin Social Work Networking Day. Stevens Point, WI, April 2013.
 
Boelk, A.Z. & Kramer, B.J. Understanding and responding to family conflict at the end of life.  Half day workshop for social workers, nurses, clergy, healthcare professionals, hospice volunteers, and other health care professionals (110 in attendance).  Sponsored by Aspirus Comfort Care and Hospice Services.  Wausau, WI, September 2011.
 
Kramer, B.J. & Boelk, A.Z. Family conflict at the end-of-life: Causes, consequences, and compassionate responses.  Full day workshop for social workers, bereavement counselors, spiritual care counselors, nurses, and other healthcare professionals.  Sponsored by Hospice of Central Iowa Institute.  Des Moines, IA, August 2011.
 
*Boelk, A.Z. & Kramer, B.J. Understanding and responding to family conflict at the end-of-life.  Half day workshop for social workers, administrators, and nurses employed at the Wisconsin Veteran’s Home.  King, Wisconsin, July 2011.
 
Christ, G., Stein, G., Cadell, S., Boelk, A., & Blacker, S. Enhancing social work practice through evidence-based research: Best practices for delivering care to families. Preconference workshop presentation at the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine & Hospice and Palliative Care Nurses Association Annual Assembly, Vancouver, BC, February 2011.
 

Honors and Awards

  • 2007 & 2008 - Eugene Katz Distinguished Faculty Award, Sociology Department Nominee
  • 2006 - High Demand Faculty Fund Recognition, UW-Stevens Point
  • 2005 - University Excellence in Teaching, UW-Stevens Point
  • 2003 - Departmental Excellence in Teaching, UW-Stevens Point
  • 2003 - Athletic Director’s Award, UW-Stevens Point
  • 2003 - Circle of Excellence Award, Presented by Ministry Health Care to the Community Coalition for End-of-Life Care