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Cancer and the family: How to support the kids

Recorded on March 28, 2019

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About this Live Interactive Webinar 

This skill-building webinar will include the core skills needed for oncology social workers to feel confident in working with families with children across the trajectory of cancer.  Participants will learn of an innovative program which relies on art as a modality of communication between the parent and the child.  The art based curriculum and completed art projects act as a bridge between the group and home; and can be used as a catalyst to foster discussion between family members.  The themes for the monthly group focus on communication, feelings and coping.   By incorporating the entire family in the groups, family members can take their projects home and share their perspective of the cancer experience. This program not only allows parents to become more self-aware of their process, but how that process affects their children.

Learning Objectives
At the end of the presentation, the participant will be able to:
  1. Use the tools gained here to educate parents on impact of cancer on their children, adolescents and family functioning and current literature on the impact of parental cancer.
  2. Identify specific developmentally appropriate interventions on how to educate parents on communicating news from diagnosis, treatment and expected death from cancer.
  3. Describe family-oriented group interventions as effective and have an understanding of why they have greater impact on family functioning.  

    Krista Nelson, LCSW OSW-C BCD FAOSW, is trained as an oncology social worker and works in clinical, research and program management roles within Providence Health and Services.  Krista Most recently joined the Compassion team as a Program Manager.
Krista is a past President of the board of directors of the Association of Oncology Social Work and past invited Director of the American Psychosocial Oncology Society. She has been a speaker at local and national conferences on issues of survivorship, palliative care, distress screening and children who have a parent with cancer. Krista also serves as an Invited Director on the board of directors of the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers. In 2016 Krista was elected to the Association of Community Cancer Centers Board of Trustees in 2016.
Krista also has been a volunteer facilitator at retreats for women with breast cancer and at camps and programs that support grieving children.


Continuing Education Credits
Level - Intermediate
Participants will earn 1.5 CE credits upon successful completion of a quiz and a post-webinar evaluation. 

Course Designation
This course has been approved for 1.5 clinical continuing education clock hours.

12:00 p.m. - 12:25 p.m.: Discerning the impact of parental cancer.
12:26 p.m. - 12:48 p.m.: Exploring specific developmentally appropriate interventions on how to educate parents on communicating news from diagnosis, treatment and expected death from cancer.
12:49 p.m.-1:09 p.m.: Examine the benefits of group interventions for families affected by cancer.
1:10 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.: Questions and Answers


ASSOCIATION OF SOCIAL WORK BOARDS (ASWB):  This organization, Association of Oncology Social Workers, ACE Approval #1351, is approved as a provider for social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) Program. AOSW maintains responsibility for the program. ASWB Approval Period: 11/11/16 - 11/11/19.  Social workers should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval for continuing education credits. 

Association of Oncology Social Work, Inc., SW CPE is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #0320.

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