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Simple Coping Mechanisms to Reduce Cancer-Related Stress in Patients

Melissa Rosen, MA
July 14, 2020

About this Live Interactive Webinar

This one-hour interactive training, presented in partnership with Sharsheret, explores imagery and metaphors to assist patients with the anxiety that commonly accompanies diagnoses, treatment and survivorship. These tools, meant to be shared with patients, are intentionally familiar and easily recalled during moments of unexpected stress to allow patients to reframe their thoughts surrounding a particular concern. While these tools are not meant as a replacement for ongoing therapy for those who need it, they do allow for a non-threatening introduction to the topic of mental health. Also included is an introduction to Sharsheret’s free psychosocial support for breast and ovarian cancer patients.

Learning Objectives

At the end of the presentation, the participant will be able to:

  1. Discuss non-threatening ways to approach mental health with patients.
  2. Identify concrete tools to share with patients facing stress and anxiety stemming from cancer diagnoses, treatment plans and survivorship concerns. 
  3. Identify additional psychosocial resources for their work with women facing breast cancer and ovarian cancer.  



Melissa Rosen, MA

Melissa K. Rosen, Sharsheret’s Director of Community Education, holds a master’s degree in Jewish Communal Service from Brandeis University (1991) and has been working in the nonprofit sector for more than 30 years.  Her professional experience includes informal education and programming, advocacy and community outreach. Melissa’s work has allowed her to facilitate unique and lasting connections among organizations in the diverse American Jewish community. Melissa oversees community education throughout the country, training health care professionals, Jewish professionals and Sharsheret’s volunteers. She also manages the Sharsheret Supports Partnership program. Herself a breast cancer survivor, she is passionate about the Jewish community and cancer support and advocacy.

Continuing Education Credits

Level - Beginner
Participants will earn 1.0 CE credits upon successful completion of a quiz and a post-webinar evaluation. 

Course Designation
This course has been approved for 1.0 clinical continuing education clock hours.

12:00 p.m. - 12:15 p.m.: Discuss non-threatening ways to approach mental health with patients.

12:16 p.m. - 12:30 p.m.: Identify concrete tools to share with patients facing stress and anxiety stemming from cancer diagnoses, treatment plans and survivorship concerns. 

12:30 p.m.-12:45 p.m.: Identify additional psychosocial resources for their work with women facing breast cancer and ovarian cancer.

12:45 p.m. - 1:00 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: 11/11/2019 - 11/11/2022.  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, AOSW Headquarters, 111 W. Jackson Blvd. Suite 1412, Chicago, IL 60604. 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.

ADA ACCOMODATIONS: For questions about accessibility or to request accommodations please contact AOSW Education Department at 847-686-2233. Advance notice is necessary to arrange for some accessibility needs.