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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


MAID: Beyond current legislations – a critical discussion of future challenges

Presenters: Alan Bates, MD, PhD, FRCPC, Provincial Practice Leader for Psychiatry & Nancy Payeur, MSW, RSW, Professional Practice Leader, Patient and Family Counselling, Vancouver Island Centre, BCCA

Medical Assistance in Dying (MAID) has been legal in Canada since June, 2016. In anticipation of the evolutions of Canada’s MAID-related legislation, this session will provide a background for discussion and a forum to share some ideas and opinions.

Difficult Decisions in the Face of Hereditary Cancer Genetic Test Results: Beyond Angelina Jolie

Presenter: Jennifer Nuk MSc, CGC, CCGC, Clinical Coordinator/Genetic Counsellor, Hereditary Cancer Program, BC Cancer Agency

Experience through case examples the myriad decisions individuals and families living with hereditary cancer risk face.
  1. Understand the role of genetic counselling in supporting informed decision making.
  2. Identify opportunities for on-going support and resource development.

Patients suffering with Personality Disorders


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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