Psycho-oncology has become a subspecialty of oncology with its own body of knowledge contributing to cancer care. Its broad reach and relevance has evolved over the past decades with applications at all points on the cancer continuum from early detection through to management of the psychological aspects of palliative and end-of-life care. Training in clinical skills as well as the acquisition of broad bio-psycho-socio-spiritual knowledge is essential for professionals working in this specialty area.
This two-day workshop is designed for experienced psycho-oncologists who wish pursue further professional development of clinical skills to address challenging situations in their work.
The format of the workshop will be highly interactive and case-based, dealing with difficult personalities and family dynamics, mental illness, drug and alcohol abuse, marginalised groups, cultural sensitivities, legal and ethical issues, complex bio-psycho-socio-spiritual cases, organic mental disturbance and professional self-care. It will be delivered Dr Justin Dwyer, Dr Di Clifton and Dr Margaret Ross and colleagues of the Department of Psychosocial Cancer Care at St Vincent’s Hospital.