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GSSW RMCC Psychosocial Oncology Rounds Webinar Series

The Graduate School of Social Work at the University of Denver and Rocky Mountain Cancer Centers (RMCC) have created a dynamic series of webinars that truly reflects our united commitment to provide social workers, psychologists, physicians, spiritual care counselors, nurses, mid-level providers, and navigators access to new and emerging evidenced-based practice interventions and program development strategies.

Please join us from 11 a.m. to noon (MST) every month starting September 10, 2013.

These offerings are free of charge, but participants must register online to take part.

Please click here to register online

Colorado no longer uses Continuing Education Units, but Certificates of Attendance are available for confirmed participants.

2014 Oncology Rounds Webinar calendar

April 8, 2014,
11am-12 pm

Title: Valued Living: An Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) -Based Group Intervention for Distressed Survivors


Joanna Arch, Ph.D.Assistant Professor,Dept. of Psychology and Neuroscience
University of Colorado, Boulder

Jill Mitchell, PhD, LCSW, OSW-C Rocky Mountain Cancer Centers Boulder

Many cancer survivors struggle with fears about recurrence, side-effects, role transitions, and other impacts of cancer on their broader lives that extend beyond completing primary treatment. Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), a therapeutic approach that promotes acceptance, mindfulness, clarification of values, and pursuit of valued actions, aims to assist survivors with building a vital and fulfilling life, even in the midst of ongoing fears and struggles.  This presentation will discuss the core principles in ACT, discuss the results of a pilot study of an ACT-based group intervention, and offer practical strategies for use with patients and survivors.

May 13, 2014,
11am-12 pm

Title: Social Workers Out of the Box


Becky Niemeyer, LCSW, Palliative Care Program Specialist, Palliative Care Department, Kaiser Permanente, Colorado Region

Far from labeling and canning what we do, this social worker's experience has shown that when we combined professional partnerships and key clinical skills with research based program development and knowledge of business practices and metrics, we had the opportunity to break out of practice and system limitations imposed by multiple factors. Though there will always be challenges to team based care, we developed strong social work lead roles in multiple aspects of a partnership model and were able to turn "not ready for 'palliative care' " into an increasingly integrated approach to whole person care.