Pre-conference Workshops

The conference planning committee is pleased to present three pre-conference workshops. Registration for these workshops is separate from the conference registration process.


All three workshops are on Wednesday April 22, 2015 from 8:30 am – 12:00 pm


Marriott Chateau Champlain, 1050 Rue de la Gauchetière Ouest Montreal, QC.

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Developing a Programmatic Response to Optimise Wellness After Cancer Treatment

The objectives of this workshop are to:

  • Provide an overview of post-treatment issues in cancer survivorship and current survivorship initiatives in Canada;
  • Enable workshop participants to identify contextual opportunities to influence and develop survivorship programming and partnerships;
  • Promote the integration of research to contribute to the evidence base in post-treatment survivorship and care.


This workshop will benefit:

  • Interdisciplinary clinicians
  • Researchers
  • Policy and hospital administrative leads
  • Community based programs


Presented by: Dr. Jennifer Jones and Dr. Doris Howell.

Dr. Jennifer Jones is the Acting Director for the Cancer Survivorship Program and the Centre for Health Wellness and Cancer Survivorship ( at Princess Margaret Cancer Centre. In addition, she is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry (primary), Faculty of Medicine and Dalla Lana Faculty of Public health (cross-appointment) at University of Toronto. She currently co-Leads the Canadian Cancer Survivorship Research Consortium ( Dr. Jones’ research program has focused primarily on the quality of life and psychosocial issues of individuals and families facing cancer. Her most recent scholarly and professional activities have clustered around; 1) Descriptive and ttranslational research to inform clinical survivorship care; 2) Fostering innovative health professional and continuing education that is designed to transform the patient experience.

Dr. Doris Howell RN, PhD is the RBC Chair, Oncology Nursing Research, Princess Margaret Cancer Centre & Associate Professor, Faculty of Nursing & Dalla Lana School of Public Health and Health Policy, Management and Evaluation, University of Toronto. She is Co-Director of the Ontario-Patient Reported Outcomes Symptoms and Toxicity Research Unit, and a Senior Scientist, Ontario Institute for Cancer Research, Psychosocial Oncology and Palliative Care and Affiliate Scientist ICES and ELLICSR. Dr. Howell’s program of research is focused on: (1) Complex cancer symptoms, symptom clustering and role of illness perception on symptom distress; (2) Testing behavioral self-management interventions on symptom distress and health recovery in survivors and palliative care; (3) Use of data to transform patient experience of cancer.


Meaning at work, Mindfulness, and Resilience to Occupational Stress

The objectives of this workshop are to:

  • Introduce concepts of stress, burnout, job engagement, compassion fatigue and compassion satisfaction;
  • Present a model within which to view the research in stress, meaning at work, and job satisfaction;
  • Identify occupational risk factors associated with stress, compassion fatigue, and burnout;
  • Present approaches to viewing collective and individual resilience factors to stress;
  • Review approaches to dealing with Occupational stress in Oncology and Palliative Care settings;
  • Focus on one approach combining collective and individual strategies to dealing with Occupational Stress.


This workshop will benefit:

  • Health care providers in oncology or palliative care
  • Researchers
  • Managers


Presented by Dr. Lise Fillion and Dr. Mélanie Vachon

Dr. Fillion is a Full Professor in Nursing Sciences at Laval University, Quebec City, Canada. She works as a psychologist with the Psychosocial and Spiritual Oncology team at the CHUQ and his responsible of the Screening for distress program at the CHU de Québec. She is also a researcher at the Cancer Research Center at Laval University and a member of the Michel Sarrazin Psychosocial Oncology and Palliative Care Research Team (ERMOS). She is the scientific director of the CHU de Quebec Nursing Research Unit (URSI-CHUQ), and a member of the CHU de Q Research Center – (CRCHUQ). Her area of expertise is cancer survivorship and palliative care. More specifically, her interests include psychological stress, psychosocial adaptation to cancer, methodological aspect of the measurement of stress and of the adaptation to cancer, coping, symptoms management (fatigue, pain, depression, anxiety), models of care, professional navigation in oncology, satisfaction and meaning at work in health care providers. More recently she has integrated Mindfulness in her clinical research and practice.

To conduct her research and transfer her knowledge, she has received several grants [FRQ-S (Fonds de recherche du Québec-Santé), Canadian Cancer Society Research Institute (CCSRI), Ministère de la Santé et des Services Sociaux du Québec (MSSSQ), Canadian Health Services Research Foundation (CHSRF), Canadian Institute of Health Research (CIHR), Institut de recherche en santé et en sécurité au travail (IRSST), and the Canadian Partnership Against Cancer (CPAC)].

Dre Mélanie Vachon is a psychologist in palliative care. She obtained her PHD in psychology at University of Montreal and she completed her post doctoral training at McGill. She is now professor at the psychology department of University of Quebec in Montreal. She is also affiliated with the Centre for research and Intervention on suicide and euthanasia, in Montreal. Her research interests mainly focused on patients, family members and health care professionals experience of palliative care. Dre Vachon has an expertise in qualitative research in health care settings. She is funded by the Quebec fund on society and Culture, by the Quebec fund of health research as well as by the Canadian Institute of health research as a member of Lise Fillion’s team. She has been identified as one of the top 50 young researchers to take up the most important scientific challenges of the next fifty years: accompanying patients through the end-of-life. Professor, researcher, psychologist and activist, Dre Vachon is very involved in informing public policies, knowledge transference and training to health care professionals.



Aider les couples et les familles touchés par le cancer : des outils d’intervention qui peuvent faire toute la différence.

Cet atelier portera sur les enjeux les plus fréquemment rencontrés chez les couples et les familles qui sont touchés par le cancer. Les participants auront la chance d’approfondir leurs connaissances au sujet des différentes dynamiques de couples et familiales qui affectent leur adaptation à la maladie. L’atelier est en deux parties : la première partie se penchera sur une revue de la littérature et l’autre portera sur la pratique des différentes interventions.

Présenté par: Kimberley Thibodeau, MSW, CFT

Kimberley Thibodeau et une travailleuse sociale et thérapeute de couple et familial. Psychosocial Oncology Program/Programme psychosocial en oncologie et McGill University Health Centre/Centre Universitaire de santé McGill




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