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Academy Workshop 18: Pediatric Psycho-Oncology: Building Clinical Skills and Hands-on Training in the Areas of Screening, Research, Ethics with Discussion of Challenging Cases
Tuesday, 5 November 2013, 13:30 - 17:30
Leeuwen Room II

Speakers: Martha Grootenhuis, Andrea Patenaude, Claire Wakefield and Lori Wiener

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 international group of 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 developed in centers across the world. 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.

Participants will be helped to learn interventions to bring to their home settings to enhance clinical care of their patients and self-care for professionals working in this exciting, but often stressful field. A list of useful references and resources (books, videos, articles, online links etc.) 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.

Target Audience: This workshop will be of most interest and value to clinicians working with pediatric oncology patients (children, adolescents and young adults) in a hospital or clinic setting (i.e. psychologists, social workers, psychiatrists and nurses). It would also be of value to pediatric oncologists and research psychologists interested in learning more about the clinical, psychosocial issues and problems experienced by pediatric oncology patients and their families and the most effective (old and new) practices to reduce distress and enhance growth. Both early career psycho-oncologists and more senior professionals can benefit from this extensive review of the special pleasures and challenges of this work!

Chair: Andrea Patenaude PhD, Boston, Massachusetts, USA and Lori Wiener PhD, DCSW, Bethesda, Maryland, USA