Interprofessional Psychosocial Oncology: Introduction to Theory and Practice



This web-based continuing education course draws on a case-based, narrative format, and explores common psychosocial issues that individuals and families experience when an adult family member is diagnosed with cancer. Primary emphases in the course includes understanding the illness experience and assessing distress and coping from a family centered perspective.

Psychosocial Oncology Objectives
• Explore the illness experience of cancer as both a chronic and life threatening illness from a person-centered perspective.
• Analyze theoretical and empirical issues in psychosocial oncology.
• Explore personal thoughts and feelings in the area of living and dying with cancer, and the ways in which these can become avenues of personal and professional growth.
• Develop knowledge and skills to assess individuals and families from a psychosocial and spiritual perspective and to develop a collaborative patient/family centered plan of care that is responsive to patient/family needs.
• Critique evidenced-based interventions that foster healing and facilitate coping in the face of psychosocial and spiritual distress. Approaches include psycho-educational, cognitive-behavioral, family systems, mind-body, existential, spiritual and the arts. Social determinants of health are understood to be important determinants of healing and coping and also will be explored.
• Acknowledge and attend to aspects of diversity and understand how these might influence the experience of cancer and the health care system.

Offered twice a year, January and, September

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