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.
This online course is approved for APA CE credit, NBCC CE clock hours, ASWB Clinical CE clock hours, and NYSED CE credit.
- 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
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).