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Wednesday, July 29 • 1:00pm - 5:00pm
20: Pediatric and Adolescent Psycho-Oncology Skills (Half-Day Workshop, PM)

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Pediatric and Adolescent Psycho-Oncology Skills: Enhancing your Clinical and Intervention Repertoire, Discussing Challenging Cases and Considering Career Goals and Rewards

Speakers: Andrea Patenaude PhD, Joanna Breyer PhD, Lori Wiener PhD and Mary Jo Kupst PhD

Pediatric psycho-oncologists, researchers and pediatric oncologists will benefit from our lively review of best practices in working with children, adolescents and young adults with cancer, their parents, and siblings. The experienced presenters will discuss the provision of emotional and social support from diagnosis through treatment initiation and maintenance, transition home, survivorship and end of life care. Incorporated in the session will be mini- workshops offering interactive learning and initial training in evidence-based interventions in pediatric psycho-oncology. We will also offer small group discussion of challenging cases and ethical dilemmas. The workshop will also focus on use of fantasy play with children with cancer. We will also address providing support for families from rural or distant home communities, including international families. Research will support all presentations and we will discuss the challenges of integrating research and clinical careers and help attendees consider ways to begin to organize research on topics of clinical relevance.

Participants will be helped to learn interventions to bring to their home settings to enhance clinical care of their patients and self-care and career enhancement for professionals working in this exciting, but often stressful field. A list of useful references and resources (books, videos, articles, workbooks, games, online links.) will provide continuing access to state-of-the-art information for use with families and to address interests of providers. Emphasis will be on productive, interactive discussion and hands-on learning. 

Workshop Objectives:

  1. The attendee will enhance their awareness of developmental issues occurring at each stage for children undergoing cancer treatment and the challenges faced by parents of children of different ages who are coping with cancer.
  2. The attendee shall be able to understand essential elements of assessing emotional and support needs and coping skills and providing broad psychosocial treatment to children, adolescents and young adults with cancer, their parents and siblings.
  3. The attendee will have an introduction to state-of-the-art, evidence-based interventions to enhance patient/parent well-being, reduce distress and to support end of life planning for children and teens. They will also have an overview of recent research related to clinical care of families of children with cancer.
  4. The attendee shall understand the importance of self-care and supportive connections to colleagues in working within pediatric psycho-oncology.
  5. Attendees will have an opportunity to consider steps they might take to grow their professional network, to organize and present their work in professional meetings and conferences, to consider opportunities for cross-cultural and global health initiatives and to move their clinical experience into researchable questions and grant preparation.


Wednesday July 29, 2015 1:00pm - 5:00pm
DuPont Circle Meeting Level 3

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