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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

Post-traumatic Stress Associated with Cancer

Presented by Alan Bates, MD, PhD, FRCPC
Provincial Practice Leader for Psychiatry BC Cancer Agency

As part of a broader series of sessions on caring for patients with significant trauma histories, this talk will focus on PTSD associated with cancer. Common manifestations in the oncology setting will be reviewed along with evidence-based treatment options.

September 21, noon-1

 Between a Rock and a Hard Place: Understanding government financial programs when a palliative cancer patient can't work

Panel moderated by Shelley Pennington, Cancer Care Resource Social Worker, BC Cancer Agency includes:

  • Brenda Giesbrecht, Service Canada, Community Outreach
  • Nadia Clarke, Ministry of Social Development and Social Innovation - Specialized Intake-Hospitals

The financial impact of cancer on patients can be especially challenging when returning to work is not possible.  As psychosocial care providers, it is often difficult to understand and support patients through the complex and often confusing maze of programs and processes. A case study involving a palliative cancer patient will presented by Marita Poll, counsellor at Vancouver Island Cancer Centre. This will set the stage for a panel discussion with representatives from Service Canada and the Ministry of Social Development.


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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