Understanding and working with cancer in counselling and psychotherapy
We don’t have to look far to find cancer. The disease surfaces in counselling and psychotherapy in a number of ways and a diagnosis of cancer is a devastating life event for most individuals. Cancer, both its diagnosis and treatment, brings specific, complex challenges and these challenges need to be recognised if appropriate support is to be given.
This course will focus on the practical, emotional and psychological impact on individuals affected by a cancer diagnosis.
What is cancer? We will begin by looking at the disease itself. We will review recent medical research into the disease and consider what it means to have cancer cells growing in the body. What are the most common forms of cancer in the UK and what are the prognoses for these types of cancer?
We will explore common treatments for cancer and consider the risks and complications of these treatments. Through understanding the disease and its treatment, we will begin to get an idea of what it might mean to be diagnosed with cancer. The second half of the morning will focus on the experience of cancer, from diagnosis through to post-treatment.
After a short lunch break, we will consider the emotional and psychological needs of those affected by cancer. Through experiential learning and group exercises, we will consider how best to support our clients who are affected by cancer. Common emotional responses to cancer and cancer treatment will be considered and how these might be addressed in counselling and psychotherapy. We will also think about ways to support clients whose treatment options have been exhausted and who are facing the end of life.
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About the host
Dwayne Jackson is clinical director of One Therapy London and director of psychotherapyUK training programmes since 2008. He has developed and organised a number of training events in the UK, together with leading trainers in the field of psychotherapy. Dwayne is an integrative psychotherapist in private practice and registered member of BACP.