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Psychosocial Oncology

Training and professional development opportunities for psychosocial oncology professionals

Educational rounds are offered on the 3rd Thursday of the month, noon-1pm.

Health care professionals can attend in person at one of the regional cancer centers or by video or telephone conference link. If you are working in the community at a hospital or other health-care facility and want to video link to these rounds please contact This request must be received by Friday of the week before the presentation. 

To view Rounds PowerPoint presentations:

  • If you are PHSA employee, log-in to your PHSA Learning Hub Account and look under Psychosocial Oncology Rounds.

  • If you do not have a PHSA Learning Hub Account, contact the Community Education Coordinator.

Upcoming rounds

Trauma and Culture: Competencies for Care Providers with Military Patients

Presenter: Jesse Frender has worked closely with Canadian military personnel and veterans, with close to 1000 hours of contact in both clinical and research contexts. He is a Registered Clinical Counsellor with the BC Association of Clinical Counsellors, in private practice in downtown Vancouver, and a member of the casual staff with Patient & Family Counselling, BC Cancer Agency Vancouver Centre. He has conducted research with the Centre for Health Evaluation and Outcome Sciences (CHEOS), the UBC Centre for Group Counselling and Trauma, the UBC Faculty of Medicine, and the Canadian Institute for Military and Veteran Health Research (CIMVHR).He holds an MA in Counselling Psychology from the University of British Columbia and a BA from the University of Victoria. 

These rounds will explore the distinct cultural experience of military service, as well as the increased prevalence of both clinical and sub-clinical traumatic experiences, and how these forces may shape the way military and veteran patients interact with civilian medical care providers. Topics will include:
trust, respect, authority
stigmatization and the experience of being ill or injured 
anger, rage, dissociation, shame
violence, death & suicide

Grounded in the presenter’s direct clinical and research experiences, these rounds aim to assist civilian health care providers with establishing effective professional relationships with their military patients, by providing new perspectives and simple, concrete interpersonal tools.  

Introducing 3 new provincial programs: the Leaf Clinic, AYA and Spiritual Care

There have been some exciting developments in the Provincial Psychosocial Program this year- and there are more to come! Adult survivors of childhood cancers are now able to access the LEAF (Late Effects and Follow Up) Clinic. This clinic has been up and running for the past year now. Avril Ullett (Program Leader) and the counsellors from the LEAF clinic will provide an update and speak about future directions.  In addition, you will get a chance to meet the Spiritual Care Practitioner and find out more about this new program.


Psychosocial Oncology Conferences

  • Canadian Association of Psychosocial Oncology Conference(CAPO) occurs annually in various major cities in Canada. For more information, visit 

  • Canadian Hospice Palliative Conference occurs annually. For more information, visit

  • American Association of Psychosocial Oncology Services (APOS) Conference occurs annually in various major US cities. For more information, visit

  • International Psychosocial Oncology (IPOS) World Congress of Psycho-Oncology occurs annually in major international locations. For more information, visit

  • Multinational Association of Supportive Care in Cancer/International Society for Oral Oncology (MASCC/ISOO) occurs annually in major international locations. For more information, visit


Psychosocial Oncology Courses

BCCA eLearning Institute

To learn about upcoming psychosocial oncology professional development courses offered in both French and English visit Courses are for university credit or through continuing education.


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