Presenters: Erin Price, LGSW, Jennifer Bires, LICSW, OSW-C, Julia Rowland, PhD, Kiersten Gallagher
Category 1 | 3 CEUs
Workshop Description: Advances in the early diagnosis and effective treatment of cancer, along with the aging of the US population have resulted in growing numbers of individuals living with, through and beyond cancer. It is currently estimated that there are 16.5 million cancer survivors in the US alone, representing close to 5% of the population. Among older individuals (85+) the proportion of males with a history of cancer is over a third, and almost half of women this age have a cancer history. The result is that a typical social work practice may include several clients who are cancer survivors.
At the same time, cancer treatments themselves have changed dramatically. Most involve multi-modal therapies (combinations of surgery, radiation, chemotherapy, hormonal therapy, and/or immuno-therapy), are delivered largely on an out-patient basis, increasingly rely on administration of oral medications (and adherence to these), and can last for weeks or months. Cancer patients and their families are expected to be active participants in complex decision-making and care, and manage the competing demands of cancer, family and school or work. Several national reports note that despite advances in the physical care of cancer patients, we are lagging behind in meeting their psychosocial needs during and after treatment. Ensuring a cadre of adequately prepared mental health professionals is an important first step in bridging this gap.
The proposed training is for any level practitioner and will offer tools for effectively working with clients who have been diagnosed with or are early ( < 5 years) post-treatment for cancer. During the training we will provide an overview of cancer epidemiology, describe common treatments and clinical pathways, and discuss current quality standards for survivorship care. We will then examine the psychosocial and emotional ramifications of cancer on the individual at various points along the cancer continuum from diagnosis and treatment to survivorship. Information on specific risk factors for psychosocial distress and screening for these will be reviewed. The training will include the opportunity for participants to explore and experience various integrative modalities that are helpful in working with those affected by cancer, including mindful movement, stress reduction techniques, and creative expression.
- Describe current demographic trends in the prevalent population of cancer survivors.
- Enumerate some of the acute, long-term and late effects of cancer that may affect cancer survivors’ well-being and recovery.
- Identify individuals at high risk for poor psychosocial outcomes in the context of cancer.
- Discuss different integrative strategies for helping survivors better manage the psychosocial challenges imposed by cancer.
8:00-8:30 am – Registration & Breakfast
8:30-9:00 am – Welcome and Mindful Movement (experiential)
9:00-9:45 am – Cancer 101: Epidemiology, Common Treatments & Clinical Pathways, Care Delivery Trends & Standards
9:45-10:00 am – Break
10:00-10:30 am – Stress Management (experiential)
10:30 am-noon – Psychosocial and Emotional Effects of Cancer
12:00-12:30 pm – Creative Expression (experiential)
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