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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.


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


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.