The National Cancer Institute (NCI)-funded Psychosocial Distress Program is an educational program desgined to train cancer care clinicians over 2 years to develop, implement, and maintain comprehensive psychosocial distress screening programs.
The 1st year of the Screening for Psychosocial Distress program begins with a 1-day workshop at the 14th American Psychosocial Oncology Society (APOS) Annual Conference on February 15, 2017, in Orlando, Florida. The program continues with video conferences with experts every 3 months.
The 2nd year includes an advanced 1-day workshop at the Annual APOS Conference with video conferences with experts every 6 months. International experts in psychosocial oncology will provide training addressing communication skills; psychosocial care standards; comprehensive screening implementation; putting together a psychosocial department; using information technology resources; and quality improvement.
Who Should Apply?
Cancer care professionals who have an interest in psychosocial cancer care in their practice settings—chaplains, nurses, psychiatrists, psychologists, oncologists, and social workers—should apply. The program is designed to train 2 cancer care providers from 1 cancer care facility over 2 years, enrolling up to 18 cancer care facilities each year, for a total of 36 participants.
Visit apos-society.org/professionals/distress-screening for more information. ■