Workshop: Working with cancer - towards a new understanding
"Cancer is a word, not a sentence…." John Diamond.
Having been a qualified and Senior Accredited counsellor in private practice for over 10 years, Marion has, over the last 5 years, developed an interest in working and supporting clients and their families, who have had, or were going through treatment for Cancer, and has has gone on to gain specialist training in this area of work. Marion says: “It seems to me that cancer is a sequence of events, beginning with a diagnosis.
This is a crucial event, in that the way the news is communicated can produce huge fear and uncertainties; the workshop will look at the myriad of emotions that can shape the way patients deal with their illness.”
There will discussion, using case study material, around the way that cancer can be a very lonely and frightening experience; this workshop aims to look and discuss how counselling can be beneficial in ameliorating the distress provoked by a diagnosis of cancer, and through the treatment process, and how therapeutic support can assist individuals and families in providing stable, effective support necessary to enhance coping and adjustment.
There will also be time and space to look at differences between the medical approach and the psychological approaches towards life-threatening illness. Marion will be joined briefly on the day by Dr Cordelia Galgut, author of The Psychological Impact of Breast Cancer, a Psychologist’s insights as a patient. Cordelia will talk, and lead a discussion based on her extensive experience as both patient and therapist.