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Wednesday, July 29 • 8:00am - 5:00pm
13: Models of Family-Centered Care During Cancer Care & Bereavement (Full-Day Workshop)

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Models of Family-Centered Care During Cancer Care & Bereavement

Speaker: David Kissane MD, Peter Steinglass MD, Marta Porebiak PhD, Talia Zaider PhD and Wendy Lichtenthal PhD

An experiential workshop utilizing exemplary videos and role-plays to train clinicians in the conduct of family-centered interventions across the trajectory of cancer care:

  1. Family-Focused Grief Therapy, a model of family care that targets those of risk of complicated grief by delivering continuity of family support through the phase of advanced cancer into bereavement; 
  2. Meaning-Centered Grief Therapy for parents who have lost a child to cancer to support parents in finding meaning in their loss, in their child’s life, and in their own life; 
  3. The Ackerman Multiple Family Discussion Groups, a psycho-educational family therapy model designed for families dealing with chronic illnesses, including cancer; and
  4.  Responding to challenges in discussing death and dying, optimizing open family communication, containing conflict and maintaining safe therapy, drawing relevant family members into sessions and sustaining a focus on the meaning and value of life. 

Strategies in framing circular questions, providing integrative summaries to deepen family members’ understanding, and the promotion of empathic exchanges between family members to optimize their mutual support and cohesion illustrate key therapist skills.

  1. To acquire skills in family assessment during palliative care that transfer into sustained work in bereavement; 
  2. To incorporate meaning-centered dimensions into working with parents bereaved of a child to cancer; 
  3. To respond to conflictual families promoting safety through circularity; 
  4. To understand how to use a model of Multiple Family Discussion Groups in cancer care;
  5. To practice the conduct of family meetings through role-play. 

Wednesday July 29, 2015 8:00am - 5:00pm
LeDroit Park Meeting Level 3

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