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Communicate & Connect: Gender- and Strength-based Psychosocial Support for Couples Facing Cancer
Courtney Bitz, MSW, LCSW, and Ellen Polamero, MSW, LCSW, ACHP-SW, OSW-C
Recorded on August 24, 2016
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About the Webinar
When an individual is diagnosed with cancer there is an increase in emotional distress that may impact many aspects of their life, including relationships. Even the most supportive partners can have a difficult time knowing what to say, what kind of comfort to provide, and where to find help. Though every individual is unique, men and women often respond differently during times of stress. This is where men and women can learn from and build upon the strengths of their partner and work together as a team. There are specific and practical behaviors learned from scientific research that can help men and women best support one another during times of stress. For many couples the cancer experience can be an opportunity to grow closer to one another.
This webinar will also address how to apply the gender strengths based framework and adapt current research that is primarily based on opposite sex relationships to same-sex couples. We will explore how clinicians can directly address issues of gender with same sex couples in order to work with the unique relationship at hand.
At the end of the presentation, the participant will be able to:
- Identify specific ways in which gender impacts distress and coping
- Identify specific behaviors identified in scientific research that engage couples to work together as a team
- Utilize a strength-based approach to coaching couples in effective methods of communication and problem solving while undergoing treatment for cancer
- Demonstrate an understanding regarding how work with same sex couples within the strength-based model
Continuing Education Credits
Level - Intermediate
Participants will earn 2.0 CE credits upon successful completion of a quiz and a post-webinar evaluation.