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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

 An evidence- based approach to understanding and treating personality disorders

Presenter: Dr. Sheila Soja completed medical training and residency at UBC and is currently doing inpatient Consult Liaison work at VGH.   She also does outpatient work as the psychiatric consultant for the Provincial Voice Clinic.  Her special interests include Somatoform disorders and psychotherapy. 

In this presentation, Dr Soja will describe a framework for understanding personality disorders based on empirical evidence including the  prognosis and longitudinal course of Borderline Personality Disorder. In addition, she will consider the evidence for medication management for this condition.

April 20, noon-1

 ‘If I were Tom website’

Presenter: Dr. John Oliffe is a Professor at the School of Nursing at the University of British Columbia. Founder and lead investigator of UBC's Men's Health Research program ( ), his work focuses on masculinities as it influences men's health behaviors and illness management in the areas of psychosocial prostate cancer care, smoking cessation and male suicide prevention. 

His presentation focusses on the 'If I were Tom' website - a unique resource informed by the work of prostate cancer support groups with the goal of reaching men and their families who may not be able to attend ‘in person’ group meetings.   

Reflections on CAPO

Presenters: a Panel of BC Cancer Agency staff who attended the Canadian Association of Psychosocial Oncology Conference May 3-5 will talk about their highlights, in particular the new learnings that could be incorporated into practice will be discussed. 


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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