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Responding to Cancer-related Trauma

Susan Hedlund, MSW, LCSW, OSW & Sophia Smith, PhD, MSW
Recorded on May 2, 2018

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About this Live Interactive Webinar 

This webinar will give an overview of cancer-related posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) symptomatology. Topics will include what is known about cancer-related PTSD, current intervention research studies, and specific evidence-based interventions that can be helpful to patients.

Learning Objectives
At the end of the presentation, the participant will be able to:
  • Discuss an overview of the clinical and research aspects related to PTSD and cancer.
  • Describe evidence based treatment approaches for PTSD and cancer.
  • Examine ways that social workers can implement treatment approaches into practice.

    Susan Hedlund, MSW, LCSW, OSW, has been a social worker in the health care field for thirty years and has extensive experience working with individuals and families facing life threatening illness and loss. She is currently the Manager of Patient and Family Support Services at the Knight Cancer Institute at Oregon Health and Sciences University and is an associate professor at OHSU School of Medicine and PSU School of Social Work. She is a past president of the Association of Oncology Social Work, received AOSW’s Leadership Award in 1999 and the ACS Quality of Life Award in 2009, and the Sojourn’s Award for Palliative Care in 2013.

  Sophia Smith, PhD, MSW, is an Associate Professor at the Duke School of Nursing and earned her PhD and MSW degrees at UNC-Chapel Hill. Her research explores ways to improve the quality of cancer care with a primary focus on leveraging technology in delivering behavioral health interventions to the community. She is leading efforts nationally to integrate clinical cancer care and research through her leadership as AOSW Research Director and membership on the NCCN Survivorship Guidelines Panel and ASCO Survivorship Committee. Dr. Smith’s research has been funded by the NIH, NCCN, American Cancer Society, and Pfizer Independent Grants for Learning & Change.

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.: Discuss an overview of the clinical and research aspects related to PTSD and cancer.
12:26 p.m. - 12:51 p.m.: Describe evidence based treatment approaches for PTSD and cancer.
12:52 p.m. - 1:17 p.m.: Discuss aspects of personal experience of dying that are not captured by the problem-based model of medicine.
1:18 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. Question & Answer

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.

GRIEVANCE POLICY: ASOW will comply with all legal and ethical responsibilities to be non-discriminatory in promotional activities, program content and in the treatment of program participants. The monitoring and assessment of compliance with these standards will be responsibility of the Education Director in consultation with the Education Chair and clinical director from committee. We do our best to anticipate problems and, when they do present themselves, will attempt to alleviate complaints as quickly as possible. When a complaint, either verbally or written, is received, the following guidelines are followed with respect to achieving resolution: (1) Complaints relative to a speaker or workshop leader, contents of instructional materials being presented, or an individual educational style being utilized, the individual voicing disapproval is requested to place his/her comments in writing. An AOSW representative will convey these comments to the speaker, assuring the confidentiality of the grieved individual. (2) If the complaint concerns a continuing education activity, its content, level of presentation, or facilities in which the event is being held, the representative in charge will attempt to resolve the matter as expeditiously as possible. If the offered resolution (resolutions offered may include, but not be limited to partial/full refund of registration fees paid; credit toward future event) not satisfactory to the individual filing the complaint, then further action may be taken as follows. (3) The individual is requested to place his/her complaint in writing to the attention of the Education Director, The Association of Oncology Social Work, 17W110 22nd St, Suite 800, Oakbrook Terrace, IL 60181. The complaint is then reviewed by the Education Director in consultation with the Clinical Director and Education Advisor. A written response will be issued within 30-days of receipt of the written complaint.

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