APOS Psychosocial Oncology Institute: ACT with Cancer Patients and Survivors

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Feb 21 2018 - 10:30am - 1:45pm
World Region: 
North America
United States
Dianne Shumay PhD, Jamie Cohen PsyD

This workshop is offered as part of the pre-conference Psychosocial Oncology Insitute at the American Psychosocial Oncology Society's 2018 annual meeting in Tucson, Arizona. The content is geared towards practitioners who work with cancer patients. 

Workshop Description: Diagnosis with cancer brings significant challenges for survivors attempting to live full and meaningful lives in the face of fear, illness, pain and loss. This 3 hour highly interactive workshop will give a context for the clinical application of ACT for cancer patients and survivors and teach basic clinically-applicable skills in ACT. Skill-building and role-play in small groups will be focused on intervention in mindful awareness, perspective taking, acceptance, and making choices based on personal values, with experiential exercises and training in practical application to psycho-oncology settings. We will describe and demonstrate ACT-consistent ways to conceptualize psychological and physical symptoms and health-related behaviors for cancer patients and survivors. Content presented will be appropriate for those new to ACT, as well as advanced practitioners. There will be ample time for discussion and interaction with other participants. Following this in-person workshop, there will be the opportunity to meet with workshop facilitators on scheduled conference calls over the year. 

FacilitatorsDianne Shumay, PhD  is Director of Psycho-Oncology at UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center and Assistant Clinical Professor in the Department of Psychiatry. Dr. Shumay completed her PhD at the University of Hawaii at Manoa and Internship at the University of Florida. She began learning ACT on her fellowship in 2004 under the guidance of Robyn Walser PhD at the VA Palo Alto. Since then she has had an active research program in ACT for cancer patients and has conducted a series of ACT workshops for cancer providers in a number of settings. Dr. Shumay embraces a stance of humility and vulnerability in her work as a practitioner and trainer, finding that she learns more about herself with each ACT encounter.

Jamie Cohen, PsyD is an attending clinical psychologist with Psycho-Oncology at the Helen Diller Comprehensive Cancer Center at UCSF. Dr. Cohen earned her Psy.D. from the PGSP-Stanford Psy.D. Consortium in Palo Alto, CA and completed her pre-doctoral internship at the Northport VA Medical Center in New York, followed by a post-doctoral fellowship with an emphasis in primary care psychology at the San Francisco VA Medical Center. She has co-led ACT patient group programs and didactic trainings for providers, and at UCSF, she employs ACT in the context of supporting patients and families with the challenges associated with cancer diagnosis, care, and survivorship.