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Bolstering Resilience in Adolescents and Young Adults Facing Cancer

Kailie Sullivan LCSW, OSW-C
Recorded on November 21, 2019

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About this Live Interactive Webinar 

What does it mean to be resilient? Its more than being able to “bounce back” from a difficult experience. It’s in part a set of resources and skills that individuals can develop to be better prepared to respond to life’s challenges.  This webinar will provide an overview of resilience theory as it applies to adolescent and young adults impacted by cancer, whether it be their own or a loved one’s diagnosis. Participants will learn to identify key factors associated with increased resiliency. Interventions shown to promote resiliency in the AYA population will be discussed, including an innovative adventure-based therapeutic program for adolescent cancer caregivers.

Learning Objectives
At the end of the presentation, the participant will be able to:
  1. Describe 3 models for understanding resilience
  2. Identify several promotive factors associated with resilience in the AYA population
  3. Identify at least 3 clinical interventions shown to promote resilience in AYA impacted by cancer  

    Kailie Sullivan LCSW, OSW-Cearned her Master of Social Work degree from New York University Silver School of Social Work and has worked in various inpatient and ambulatory oncology care settings for the past 10 years, including New York Presbyterian Weil-Cornell Medical Center, Massachusetts General Hospital and Central Maine Medical Center. She currently works as Youth and Family Services Manager at the Dempsey Center, an independent cancer support organization in Central and Southern Maine. Her role includes developing and facilitating programs and services designed to support children, teens, young adults and parents impacted by cancer. Kailie currently serves as the co-chair of the AOSW Youth, Families and Cancer Special Interest Group.

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.: Describe 3 models for understanding resilience
12:26 p.m. - 12:48 p.m.: Identify several promotive factors associated with resilience in the AYA population
12:49 p.m.-1:09 p.m.: Identify at least 3 clinical interventions shown to promote resilience in AYA impacted 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.

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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