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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

Introducing the Patient Experience Program at BC Cancer

Presenter: Lisa McCune Provincial Director, Patient Experience, Patient and Family Experience at BC Cancer

In the 2016 "integrated cancer control" policy paper, BC Cancer committed to "Patient Centred Care and Patient Engagement." What does this mean? Why is this important? How are we planning to bring this commitment to life? Speakers from the Patient Experience Program will talk about the work going on at BC Cancer to support a greater emphasis on patient-centred care and patient engagement. We will have an opportunity to talk about what this focus means for Patient and Family Counselling staff and discuss opportunities for collaboration.‎

Let’s talk about Employment Insurance caregiving benefits 

Presenter: Shelley Pennington, Cancer Care Social Worker and a representative from Service Canada.

When a cancer patient needs care and support at home, family members or friends often step up to help. In order to provide care and support, it may be necessary for the caregiver to stop working which adds to financial burden. It is important for healthcare professionals to know the latest about new and enhanced government programs. Let’s talk with a knowledgeable Service Canada representative who will inform us about eligibility criteria, how different EI benefits work together and answer questions about caregiving benefits.‎


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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