The 2014 conference will bring together interdisciplinary professionals to explore, share, learn and discuss the psychosocial aspects of cancer. CAPO’s annual conference convenes researchers, clinicians and community-based organizations from several professions, including: medical, psychiatry, nursing, psychology, social work, spiritual care, nutrition, rehabilitation medicine, occupational health and radiation oncology.
Past conferences have facilitated team formations and exchanges of ideas and workshops that have resulted in research along domains such as survivorship, pediatric oncology, behavioral and social determinants of health, cancer prevention, decision-making, interventions for psychosocial screening and approaches to facilitating individual and family adaptation.
The objectives of the 2014 conference include:
- Exploring cancer care in the context of the biopsychosocial model (i.e., the reciprocal interactions amongst cognitive, emotional, and behavioural events; social factors; and physical health and well-being)
- Exploring the concepts of compassion, self-compassion and sustaining ourselves in our work
- Building research capacity in psychosocial oncology
- Identifying best practices in clinical interventions, rehabilitation approaches, and research in psychosocial oncology
- Learning about innovative programs and service delivery models
- Offering opportunities for professional and community agency networking around regional and national initiatives and priorities such as guidelines, navigation, symptom management, and survivorship issues