Pre-Conference Workshops

The conference planning committee is pleased to present four preconference workshops. Registration for these workshops is separate from the conference registration process. Registration for these workshops is open to all – including non-conference attendees.  Stay tuned for further registration details.

Workshops will be held from 8:30 am – 12:00 pm.
Wednesday May 3, 2017

Pinnacle Harbourfront Hotel
1133 West Hastings Street, Vancouver BC

Meaning Centered Psychotherapy for Cancer Patients

screen-shot-2016-09-29-at-1-49-19-pmThe objectives of this workshop are to:

  • The attendees will become familiar with the concept of spirituality as a construct composed of faith and/or meaning.  
  • The attendees will become familiar with the importance of meaning, as a component of spiritual well-being, and its relationship to depression, hopelessness and desire for death
  • The attendees will become familiar with a structured, didactic and experiential 8 session intervention for advanced cancer patients aimed at sustaining or enhancing a sense of meaning in the face of terminal illness.  

This workshop will benefit:

  • Clinical psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers, chaplains, nurses, oncologists, palliative care and hospice clinicians, medical students, psychology students, physicians in training (Psychiatry trainees/fellows; palliative care trainees/fellows, oncology trainees/fellows).
  • This workshop would also be of interest to researchers of all disciplines who are interested in intervention development in psycho-oncology and palliative care

Presented by: William Breitbart MD

William Breitbart, M.D. is Chairman, the Jimmie C Holland Chair in Psychiatric Oncology, Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, and Professor of Psychiatry at Weill Medical College of Cornell University. He is Past President of the International Psycho-oncology Society, and was their 2009 recipient of the Arthur Sutherland Lifetime Achievement Award. Dr Breitbart is the recipient of the 2003 Research Award from the Academy of Psychosomatic Medicine, the 2007 Donald Oken Award from the American Psychosomatics Society, the 2011 Hackett Award for Lifetime Achievement from the Academy of Psychosomatic Medicine, the 2012 Jimmie Holland Award from the American Psychosocial Oncology Society, and The 2017 American Cancer Society Quality of Life Research Award.

Dr. Breitbart’s research has focused on psycho-oncology and palliative care. Most recently his research has focused on Meaning Centered Psychotherapy in Cancer patients. He has over 400 peer reviewed publications and has edited 12 textbooks, including Treatment Manuals for “Meaning Centered Group Psychotherapy in Advanced Cancer Patients”, and “Individual Meaning Centered Psychotherapy for Advanced Cancer Patients” published by Oxford University Press. His latest textbook is “Meaning Centered Psychotherapy in the Cancer Setting” by OUP. Dr Breitbart is Editor in Chief of the international journal “Palliative and Supportive Care.”

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