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Prostate Cancer: Psychosocial Issues and Methods of Promoting Adaptation

by Jeff Kendall, PsyD 3 CE Credits

Prostate cancer (PRCA) is a difficult diagnosis for patients and families because of the complexity of medical treatment options as well as the physical, psychological, and social adjustments that are associated with it. This course begins by examining the medical treatment decision-making issues patients’ face and the resulting physical, psychological, and social sequelae of the treatment decision. Issues associated with quality-of-life, psychosexual impact of treatment, identity, and gender-specific coping mechanisms are presented. Lastly a review of the behavioral treatment techniques and modalities that have demonstrated efficacy in facilitating patient and family adjustment is provided.


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 3 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:

  • Incidence and Mortality Rates of PRCA
  • Issues Associated with the Early Detection of PRCA
  • PRCA Medical Treatment: A Brief Overview
  • Treatment Decision-making and PRCA
  • Affective Distress and Coping in Response to PRCA
  • Psychosocial Interventions
  • Conclusions
  • Web-based Resources
  • References

Learning Objectives:

After completing this course, health professionals will be able to:
  • Indicate three primary medical treatments for PRCA & potential patient-based decision-making issues.
  • Describe two coping styles frequently employed by PRCA patients and identify two prevalent psychiatric disorders among newly diagnosed PRCA patients.
  • Employ three behavioral interventions to assist coping among PRCA patients and their families.