About the course
Audience: UK & Ireland Healthcare Professionals
The cancer journey is as much psychological as it is physical and is experienced by patients and their loved ones through the lens of past experience, culture, and spirituality. Cancer is frequently associated with psychological distress and may precipitate new mental illness or disorder. The presence of psychological distress – whether pre-existing or new – may present particular challenges to treatment and recovery from cancer and add complexity to the work of clinicians in trying to provide optimal holistic care.
Takeda UK Ltd. and Maudsley Learning have come together to create this series of Psychosocial Oncology Seminars aimed at healthcare professionals (HCPs) working in oncology. These sessions are designed and delivered by mental health experts with extensive experience working in oncology.
Through highly interactive, case-based learning you will acquire a range of simple psychological skills to work with patients in need at different stages of their cancer journey. You will appreciate the interaction between mental and physical health and become familiar with the basic assessment and treatment of psychiatric conditions that commonly affect cancer patients. You will also understand crucial referral pathways for when specialist intervention is needed.
The focus of this series is to provide you with a range of skills to provide more effective care to patients and families in difficult circumstances and foster enriching and holistic therapeutic relationships with all patients at all stages of care. Using relevant clinical scenarios and simulated clinical interactions, you will have the opportunity to put new skills into practice so you can feel confident navigating challenging situations in your own practice.
Session 1 – 26/11/2020
· The therapeutic relationship
· Helping ‘stuck’ patients to progress
· Psychological techniques for managing anxiety
· Assessment and treatment of depression and anxiety
Session 2 – 03/12/2020
· Difficult therapeutic relationships
· Managing disengagement
· Distress, confrontation, and de-escalation
· Trauma-informed approaches to care
· Emotionally unstable personality disorder
Session 3 – 10/12/2020
· Identify and addressing unmet need in oncology
· How and where to refer patients in need
· Suicidality and psychiatric emergencies
· Insomnia in oncology settings
· Cultural aspects of oncology and palliative care
· Expert panel Q&A
Session 4 – date TBC
· Working with serious illness and death
· End-of-life conversations
· Angry/confrontational interactions with families
· Denial and treatment refusal
· Psychotherapeutic models for end-of-life care
· Healthcare professional wellbeing in oncology
Session 5 – date TBC
A full day of high-fidelity simulation learning (online or face-to-face) will give you the chance to practice new skills in a supportive experiential learning environment, facilitated by Maudsley Simulation staff and expert actors in mental health role-play.
After attending this course, participants will be able to:
- Describe the holistic care needs of cancer patients
- Confidently assess and provide first-line interventions and signposting/referrals for common mental disorders associated with cancer
- Respond effectively to patients in difficulty using simple psychological interventions and advanced communication techniques
- Foster deeper and richer relationships between clinicians and patient/carers
- Provide holistic psychosocial care at an individual and service level
- Improve clinician wellbeing, self-care, and resilience
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