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Academy Workshop 2: Meaning-Centered Psychotherapy for Cancer Patients
Monday, 4 November 2013, 08:00 - 17:30
Penn Room I

Speakers: Allison Applebaum and William Breitbart

This one day experiential workshop provides an overview of a novel counseling intervention for patients with advanced cancer, entitled “Meaning Centered Psychotherapy.”  Participants will be introduced to the topics of meaning and spirituality as they relate to cancer care and the experience of patients with cancer. The basic concepts of Meaning Centered Psychotherapy will then be described.  Meaning Centered Psychotherapy is based on the concepts of meaning as derived from the work of Viktor Frankl, M.D. and adapted for use in cancer populations by our team at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center.  Two forms of Meaning Centered Psychotherapy have been developed:  Meaning Centered Group Psychotherapy (8 weekly 1 ½ hour sessions; Individual Meaning Centered Psychotherapy (7 weekly 1 hour sessions).  Both interventions are manualized and randomized controlled trials are currently being conducted.  Preliminary data from these studies will be presented as well.  During the workshop participants will have the opportunity to participate in experiential exercises utilized in Meaning Centered Psychotherapy.  In addition, a detailed description of the intervention and the content of each session will be provided.

Target Audience: 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.


Chair: Session Chair: William Breitbart MD, New York, New York, USA