Managing Cancer and Living Meaningfully(CALM) is a brief, semi-structured, evidence-based intervention designed to help people with metastatic cancer and their close loved ones manage the practical and profound problems associated with advanced disease. Reduction of psychological distress and prevention of future distress are the primary goals of this therapy.
Developed at the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre in Toronto, Canada by Gary Rodin MD, Sarah Hales MD PhD and Chris Lo PhD, CALM focuses on four content domains that address the practical and profound issues commonly faced by individuals with metastatic cancer:
- Symptom management and communication with health care providers
- Changes in self and relationships with close others
- Spirituality, sense of meaning and purpose
- Sustaining hope and facing mortality
CALM therapy optimally consists of 3 - 6 individual sessions delivered over 3 to 6 months, by a wide range of specially trained healthcare professionals.
This 3-days summer school is designed for healthcare providers working clinically in oncology or palliative care settings. The first day will be an introductory workshop covering the basics and bringing participants up to date on the current research evidence. Day 2 and 3 will focus on clinical application and case discussions including a full day of simulation training in the Maudsley Simulation Centre.
Please note that registration priority will be given to those working clinically with a cancer population.