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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

Psychotherapy options for advanced cancer: Meaning
Centered Psychotherapy, Managing Cancer and Living
Meaningfully (CALM), and Dignity Therapy

Presenter: Alan Bates, MD, PhD, FRCPC
Provincial Practice Leader for Psychiatry BC Cancer

Dr Alan Bates will present a brief introduction to
existential distress before outlining the core aspects of
Meaning Centered Psychotherapy, Managing Cancer and
Living Meaningfully (CALM), and Dignity Therapy.
Discussion of the relative strengths and weaknesses of
each approach is encouraged. Audience impression of and
experience with each therapy will help shape BC Cancer's
future involvement in research and education regarding
psychotherapy for advanced cancer.

Awkward Choreographies from Cancer's Margins 

Presenter: Dr. Mary K. Bryson ( ) is Senior Associate Dean, Administration, Faculty Affairs & Innovation and Professor, Department of Language and Literacy Education, Faculty of Education, University of British Columbia. Dr. Bryson chairs the UBC Vice-Presidential Trans, Two-Spirit and Gender Diversity Task Force and is a member of the World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH) Global Education Initiative. They are the recipient of multiple awards for their interdisciplinary scholarship, including most recently, the American Educational Research Association Significant Body of Research award and a Senior Fellowship at Stanford University’s Clayman Institute for Gender Research.

Dr. Bryson will share findings from the Cancer’s Margins project (www.lgbtcancer/ca) - the first CIHR-funded, nation-wide Canadian research study designed to advance our understanding of how minority sexuality and/or gender shape cancer health experiences and knowledge access, and the mobilization of both biographical and biomedical knowledge in health and in treatment decision-making that is medically and culturally competent. 

Canadian and American population-based research concerning sexual and/or gender minority populations provides evidence of persistent breast and gynecologic cancer-related health disparities and knowledge divides. The Cancer's Margins research addresses critical gaps in current research concerning sexual and gender minority populations by investigating the complex intersections of sexual and/or gender marginality and disjunctures across biographical and biomedical cancer knowledge. The study examines how sexuality and gender are intersectionally constitutive of complex biopolitical mappings of cancer health knowledge that shape knowledge access, and its mobilization in health and treatment decision-making. Interviews were conducted with a diverse group (n=81) of sexual and/or gender minority breast or gynecologic cancer patients.
Recommendations will be discussed concerning how cancer care organizations can prioritize the design of culturally and medically competent medical education to meet the differentiated needs of sexual and/or gender minority cancer patients.


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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