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Psychosocial Academy Workshop - Half-Day (PM) [clear filter]
Tuesday, July 28


9: Mindfulness-based Interventions in Cancer Care (Half-Day Workshop, PM)
Mindfulness-based Interventions

Speaker: Linda Carlson, PhD

This workshop will introduce clinicians and researchers to the topic of mindfulness and mindfulness-based interventions such as mindfulness-based stress reduction, mindfulness-based cognitive therapy, and mindfulness-based cancer recovery (MBCR). Background on the origins and definitions of mindfulness meditation will be reviewed. The MBCR program curriculum will be outlined and various components directly be experienced by participants. The research on mindfulness as applied in oncology settings will also be briefly reviewed. The workshop will be structured to intersperse didactic sections with experiential activities and group discussion.

  1. The attendees will be able to define the concept of mindfulness and discuss its origins.
  2. Attendees will learn the difference between several mindfulness-based interventions, and be introduced to the specific curriculum for Mindfulness-Based Cancer Recovery.
  3. Attendees will personally experience introductory mindfulness meditation and yoga techniques.
  4. The attendees will become familiar with the research on mindfulness-based interventions in oncology.

Tuesday July 28, 2015 1:00pm - 4:59pm
Union Station Meeting Level 3


10: Helping Parents with Advanced Cancer to Talk with their Children (Half-Day Workshop, PM)
Helping Parents with Advanced Cancer to Talk with their Children

Speakers: Jane Turner MD and Paula Rauch MD

The emotional impact of advanced cancer is considerable. However for parents of dependent children the grief is compounded by uncertainty about what to say to their children and lack of information about what they can do to help their children to cope. The desire of parents to protect their children from distress can lead to avoidance which compounds children’s anxiety. Young children typically express this anxiety behaviourally which in turn increases parental distress. Caring for parents with advanced cancer who have dependent children is described as particularly stressful for oncologists who may lack knowledge about ways of assisting parents. 

This workshop provides practical information about the impact of parental advanced cancer for children in different age groups, and presents evidence about children’s response to parental death. There will be discussion and practical demonstrations of ways of engaging parents to feel more confident about responding to their children, drawing on the evidence about factors associated with resilience in children facing adversity. Participants will be invited to engage in discussion about clinical challenges they have faced and explore strategies for responding. There will be discussion about ways of engaging with other members of the multidisciplinary team to increase their knowledge, skills and confidence in responding to the concerns of parents with advanced cancer about their children.

Handouts, supporting resources and relevant papers will be provided to workshop attendees.

  1. The attendee will be able to describe the emotional impact of parental cancer for children of different developmental stages
  2. The attendee will be able to describe the responses of children to parental death
  3. The attendee will be able to describe factors demonstrated to be associated with resilience in children facing adversity
  4. The attendee will demonstrate skills in discussing ways parents with advanced cancer can help their children to cope
  5. The attendee will demonstrate knowledge about ways of assisting colleagues to support parents with advanced cancer

Tuesday July 28, 2015 1:00pm - 5:00pm
DuPont Circle Meeting Level 3


11: Assessing and Treating Cancer-Related Sexual Changes (Half-Day Workshop, PM)
Assessing and Treating Cancer-Related Sexual Changes

Speakers: Mary K. Hughes MS RN CNS and Christian J. Nelson PhD

Psychosocial oncologists assist patients with quality of life issues, but often fail to address sexuality changes as a result of cancer or its treatment. Sexual dysfunction is one of the more common and enduring aftereffects of cancer treatment. Sexual problems are observed in at least 50% of survivors of breast cancer and gynecological cancer, as well as up to 90% of men treated for prostate cancer. Impairment in sexual functioning depends on the type of treatment, the type of cancer, their gender, and their age. Typically at least 20% of men and women report new sexual problems after cancer treatment.

For both genders, typical dysfunctions include decreased or absent sexual desire and difficulty feeling arousal and pleasure. Erectile dysfunction (ED) is the other frequent complaint for men, and sexual changes related to sudden menopause—reduced vaginal elasticity and lubrication, and subsequent pain during sexual activity are common for women. Difficulty achieving orgasm is less common for men or women, and is often secondary to having sex with little erotic desire or arousal. 

Women have fewer medical treatment options because of the type of cancer they had. Some women benefit from tailored hormone replacement, vaginal muscle training and/or use of vaginal dilators, topical creams, or reconstructive surgery. Other treatment options such as erotic devices, behavioral techniques, or erotica may be helpful in addressing sexual dysfunction. Sometimes couples counseling can be helpful to improve the sexual relationship. 

This workshop will focus on the beginner or intermediate clinician and ways to help with assessing and treating cancer-related sexual dysfunction. The clinicians will learn about the medical, psychological, and social causes of sexual dysfunction as well as medical and behavioral treatments available. How to conduct a psychosocial assessment of sexual function in a cancer setting will be discussed as well as techniques of basic sexual counseling. Resources for appropriate referrals will be discussed.

At the end of the 4-hour workshop, the attendee will be able to:
  1. Describe the components of sexuality.
  2. List 3 possible causes of sexual dysfunction in the patient treated for cancer.
  3. Describe 3 possible treatments for erectile dysfunction, vaginal dryness, or low libido.

Tuesday July 28, 2015 1:00pm - 5:00pm
Judiciary Square Meeting Level 3
Wednesday, July 29


18: Psychosocial Distress: Building a Research Agenda to Understand and Improve Clinical Outcomes (Half-Day Workshop, PM)
Psychosocial Distress: Building a Research Agenda to Understand and Improve Clinical Outcomes 

Speakers: Lynne Padgett, PhD

Many unanswered questions challenge both research and care delivery in oncology related psychosocial distress. What are the most efficient assessments of distress? How does distress screening lead to improved clinical outcomes? What are current and future data harmonization efforts for measuring distress? What unique research opportunities exist due to the implementation of Commission on Cancer standards? How might these efforts improve clinical outcomes? Do successful models of assessment and care delivery translate across disease and symptom burden? 

This half-day collaborative workshop provides participants the opportunity to actively engage in the development of research priorities for measuring and implementing psychosocial distress screening. Experts from diverse fields including measurement and assessment, health informatics, integrative data analysis, health services research, primary care, and basic social sciences will provide brief presentations on how their field can inform efforts to advance the effectiveness of distress screening. These brief presentations will be interspersed with facilitated group discussions to highlight research opportunities and intersections to improve clinical outcomes. The goal of the workshop is for participants and presenters to contribute to the development of a blueprint for the next generation of research priorities and opportunities to build on.

Researchers, clinicians and evaluators of all disciplines who are interested in contributing to a designed to outline a comprehensive research agenda in the field of oncology-related psychosocial distress in the context of oncology and palliative care. Contributions from the fields of clinical research, health services research, dissemination and implementation, quality improvement, informatics, communication/decision-making, and research design (e.g., measurement and analysis) are encouraged to attend and contribute. The workshop is suitable for students and professionals at all career stages.

Learning Objectives

  1. The attendee shall be able to describe current research gaps in the field of psychosocial distress assessment and clinical application.
  2. The attendees will participate in cross-disciplinary discussions aimed at identifying research priorities in psychosocial distress.
  3. The attendee shall be able to identify at least 2 other fields that intersect with their research interests.
  4. The attendee shall be able to define the next steps to address research gaps and know how to participate in these efforts.

Wednesday July 29, 2015 1:00pm - 5:00pm
Union Station Meeting Level 3


19: Teaching a Psychotherapy Designed for Elders: The CARE Model (Half-Day Workshop, PM)
Teaching a Psychotherapy Designed for Elders: The CARE Model

Speakers: Andy Roth MD, Jimmie Holland MD, Christian J. Nelson PhD and Elizabeth Harvey PhD

This workshop proposes to teach attendees how to deliver a psycotherapy intervention designed specifically for elders with cancer, the CARE (Cancer and Aging: Refections for Elders) Model. Based on Erikson's developmental concepts, Folkman’s meaning based model of coping, and from interviews with "expert" elders, this five session intervention has been developed, and its feasibility and tolerability tested in a telephone format. Data from the randamized pilot study with 65 patients, followed at 2 and 4 months after the intervention, showed that those who received the intervention, as compared to standard care, had reduced depression and anxiety, demoralization and loneliness with an increase in coping and spiritual well being. Effect sizes were small to moderate (d=.2 to .5). The CARE Model concepts are applied to an on going clinical group, the Cancer and Aging Group, where innovations can be tried and tested. A subgroup now participate in the Vintage Readers Book Club, in which classics from literature (ie, the Harvard Classics of World Literature) are being read and discussed as a way to stimulate an activity at home and integrate into current personal and social issues, from a broader historical perspective. We anticipate the workshop will have two parts.

Part 1: Background for psychotherapies for elders and a description of the CARE Model with presentation of pilot results from 65 patients.

Part 2: Presentation of the manual and the content of each session with role play to illustrate how to conduct the key sessions. Innovations and other formats for delivery will be discussed, as well as opportunities for collaboration.

Workshop Objectives:

  • The participants in this workshop will learn the common psychosocial problems faced by elders with cancer, the Eriksonian theoretical base for the model, the Folkman model of meaning based coing, and the CARE clinical implementation with patients.
  • The audience will learn how to deliver the CARE Model: delivered by telephone or group; how to use the manual as a guide; and how to conduct key sessions on loss and isolation with role play.

Wednesday July 29, 2015 1:00pm - 5:00pm
Capitol Hill Meeting Level 3


20: Pediatric and Adolescent Psycho-Oncology Skills (Half-Day Workshop, PM)
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