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Group Interventions for Cancer Patients

by John Kleinbaum, PhD 4 CE Credits

This course will present the theoretical development and empirical evaluation of group interventions for cancer patients focusing on three primary group modalities: Psycho-educational, Expressive Therapeutic, and Cognitive-Behavioral.  Findings related to group structure (e.g., participant selection) and dynamics (e.g., group process) in the cancer context will be discussed. Measures commonly used to evaluate treatment efficacy outcomes (e.g., quality of life, physiological measures of stress reduction, survival rates) and meta-analyses of these outcome studies will be reviewed.  The underlying mechanisms through which group interventions impact emotional states and the ability to cope with cancer related challenges, as well as their influence on disease progression, will be explored.


Continuing education for this online course is offered through the following approvals:


  • HealthForum is approved by the American Psychological Association (APA) to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. HealthForum maintains responsibility for this program and its content.
  • HealthForum (ACE Provider #1156) is approved as a provider for social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) www.aswb.org, through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) Program. HealthForum maintains responsibility for the program. ASWB Approval Period: (6/20/2017 to 6/20/2020). Social workers should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval for continuing education credits. Social workers participating in this course will receive 4 Clinical continuing education clock hours.
  • HealthForumOnline, LLC, SW CPE is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #0355
  • HealthForum has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 6216.  Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. HealthForum is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.


Course Sections/Outline:

  • Introduction
  • Prevalence of Psychological Conditions in the Cancer Population
  • Seminal Studies on Cancer Groups
  • Underlying Mechanisms of Group Therapy in the Cancer Context
  • Common Models of Group Therapy for Cancer Patients
  • Comparing Group Styles: Characteristics of the Three Common Modalities
  • Other Group Modalities for Use Among Cancer Patients
  • Group Outcome Variables Related to the Cancer Experience
  • Group Treatment Efficacy
  • Factors to Consider in Structuring and Conducting Group Interventions with Cancer Patients
  • Summary
  • References

Learning Objectives:

After completing this course, health professionals will be able to:
  • Discuss the historical development of psychosocial group interventions for cancer patients drawing on the findings from 3 seminal studies.
  • Indicate the theoretical mechanisms and practical characteristics of 3 common group interventions in this disease domain and recognize 4 adjunct group modalities (e.g., online formats).
  • Discuss the comparative efficacy of group models with respect to 5 relevant psychological (e.g., overall quality of life) and medical outcomes (e.g., impact on disease progression).
  • Identify 6 important variables for consideration in the design and implementation of group interventions in the cancer care arena (e.g., group inclusion criteria).