The shared mission of the Canadian Association of Psychosocial Oncology (CAPO) and the International Psycho-Oncology Society (IPOS) is to foster the science and practice of psychosocial oncology to improve the care for people affected by cancer through partnerships, research, public policy, advocacy and education.

Our 2022 World Congress will create an opportunity to bring together an international body of health care professionals. This forum encourages new global partnerships and allows for the dissemination of ground-breaking research to professionals and the general public about psycho-oncology, that is, the psychosocial (psychiatric, psychological, social, behavioural, ethical) and psychobiological aspects of oncology. Finally, this forum allows us to recognize exceptional contributions from around the world to the field of psycho-oncology through our awards of excellence.

Call for pre-conference academy training sessions: SUBMIT HERE

Call for abstracts: SUBMIT HERE

Registration: Opens February 1, 2022


The Donald Mayer Student Award has been developed to honour a CAPO student member who has demonstrated excellence in his/her/their submission of an original paper. This award is open to clinicians and researchers and the focus of the manuscript can include one (or more) of the following: research, clinical or educational. 

This award will be given annually to coincide with CAPO’s Annual Conference, which this year will be a joint World Congress with IPOS held in Toronto. 

The recipient of the award will receive $1,000 CDN to provide financial assistance for travel to the Congress. The winner will be asked to present the paper at the congress and registration fees will be waived.

Procedures and How to submit:
  • The applicant must be a current member of CAPO in good standing  at the time of the application;
  • The applicant must be registered as a full-time or part-time student (undergraduate, graduate or post-graduate levels) or be within six months of completion of his/her/their schooling;
  • The recipient of the award must agree to be profiled at the 2022 CAPO/IPOS World Congress (being held in Toronto from August 29 to September 1) with a 15-minute presentation of his/her/their paper.
The Awards Committee of the CAPO Board will select a recipient from the applicants based on scores and recommendations from the reviewers. If no suitable applicant is chosen, no award will be given.
Submit an original paper/manuscript by February 28, 2022 that is no more than 2,500 words in length (12 point font and double spaced, excludes tables/references) to [email protected]. The subject line must read "2022 Donald Mayer Student Award Submission."


Over 7000 people between the age of 15-39 are diagnosed with cancer every year in Canada. These Adolescents and Young Adults (AYA) report a high prevalence and severity of long-term psychosocial comorbidity in cancer survivorship. Despite this, very few targeted, age-appropriate psychosocial interventions have been created and evaluated for this population. Digital Storytelling (DST) is a process that uses words, images, video, music, and persons' own voice to share a meaningful experience from their life. Originally positioned as a participatory, community-focused advocacy and educational process, the principles and methodology of DST have a close congruence with other forms of narrative-based psychosocial interventions and could be a valuable tool for psychosocial oncology professionals. This presentation will use clips from the film Emerging Horizons to illustrate the results of a PhD thesis project focused on understanding the DST experiences of young adult cancer survivors. Participants will leave with both a deeper understanding of an innovative new psychosocial tool and the lived experience of AYA cancer survivors. 


Compassion is considered a key ingredient of quality comprehensive cancer care according to patients and families. While both psychosocial oncology professionals and other members of the interdisciplinary oncology care team desire to provide compassion and cancer centres, professional practice guidelines, and research increasingly attest to the importance of compassion an evidence based approach to understanding, measuring and improving compassion has been a persistent challenge. In this webinar, Dr. Sinclair will discuss the programattic research, that he and his team within the Compassion Research Lab, has undertaken over the last decade to address this gap, including the recent development and validation of a patient reported compassion questionnaire intended for use in research and clinical care.


Both the Canadian Partnership Against Cancer and Young Adult Cancer Canada rapport that returning to work is one of the biggest concerns for patients post-treatment. Over the last nine years, we’ve been running the “Rebalancing life and work after cancer” program, a group to support and help patients in figuring out the answer to the question “What now?” This webinar, aimed to both patients and professionals, shines a light on some of the things that can help facilitate a successful return to work that is focused on inclusion and understanding in the workplace. We will cover topics such as coping with treatment side effects that can affect work life, identifying strategies for returning to work and handling communication and questions from colleagues and loved ones. We’ll also focus on learning from our differences by having a client share their story on work following cancer and also explore how a reflective exercise we’ve given our clients helped them in identifying some of their past accomplishments and values and uncovering what was key for them in life and work moving forward.


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What is CAPO-Community Of Researchers (CAPO-CORe)?

Canada is a large and diverse country with dedicated psychosocial oncology researchers, clinicians, and professionals from coast-to-coast. Some CAPO members work in large teams with other like-minded individuals, while others may be the only psychosocial oncology professional in their centre. CAPO-CORe is an online forum designed to bridge the expanse of our country and allow CAPO members to communicate and collaborate with each other regardless of location. CAPO-CORe is private and only existing and new CAPO members are added. CAPO-CORe is moderated by the Research Committee Chair(s).

What can CAPO-CORe be used for?

Have you ever wanted to efficiently tap into the hive-mind and vast experience of a community of psychosocial oncology peers? Imagine a virtual space where you can get advice on anything from a new research topic, measurement tool, analysis technique, or a clinical intervention. What if you were able to promote opportunities for research training or advertise other positions directly to people most qualified? CAPO-CORe allows CAPO members to communicate and collaborate with each other on a single platform. Here are some practical uses of CAPO-CORe:

  • Share Information: Share a newsletter, announcement, or message to your CAPO peers. You can share documents, spreadsheets, images, videos to group participants.
  • Start a Conversation Thread: You can start a conversation thread – and people inside the group can reply to it with their own answers, opinions and thoughts. You can host in-depth discussions on a particular area or topic related to psychosocial oncology.
  • Ask for Advice: Ask questions related to a particular topic - and have group members participate in giving answers.

Clinical Practice Guidelines

The evidence-based clinical practice guideline (CPG) movement within oncology, as in other health fields, represents a trend in identifying best practices and standardizing treatments. Within psychosocial oncology, evidence-based CPGs, along with Standards of Care, can help increase awareness of the important and often unmet psychosocial needs of cancer patients.

These guides to practice can be used by practitioners and organizations to identify and address the challenges and barriers in delivering high quality, accessible psychosocial care. CAPO, in collaboration with the Canadian Partnership Against Cancer (CPAC) and other key partners, is leading initiatives to develop and disseminate national psychosocial oncology clinical practice guidelines.

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CAPO Crunch

As a means of keeping CAPO members up to date on CAPO activities, we are pleased to introduce "CAPO Crunch" - a 60 second video update on what is happening with CAPO. Following our regular Board Meetings, CAPO’s President, Fiona Schulte will shoot a brief video to communicate some of the highlights of what CAPO is working on.

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English - Supporting children and teens when a family member has cancer. A guide for educators and healthcare professionals.

Français - Soutenir les enfants et les adolescents lorsqu’un membre de la famille est atteint du cancer. Un guide pour les éducateurs, les professionnels de la santé ainsi que pour les patients et leurs proches.

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