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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.
Melina Ladouceur, MSW, RSW, is a Cancer Coach at the Ottawa Regional Cancer Foundation. She’s a social worker who has worked primarily in a community health setting, especially with people coping with major life changes and transitions, and living with chronic illness. As a coach, Melina is supportive, open-minded and believes that all people have their own unique needs when facing cancer. She helps people living with cancer and their caregivers to focus on what matters most to them and partners with them to increase their sense of power and control over their lives. She believes that each person has unique strengths and inner wisdom based on their life experience. Melina also facilitates some of our group coaching programs including the Rebalancing Life & Work after cancer course, as well as the CLIMB program, a mental health promotion program for children and teens who have a parent living with cancer.
Mélina Ladouceur est Coach en matière de cancer à la Fondation du cancer de la Région d’Ottawa. Elle est une travailleuse sociale qui a travaillé en santé principalement dans le milieu communautaire et surtout avec des personnes vivant de grands changements de vie et des transitions importantes et atteintes de maladies chroniques. Comme Coach en matière de cancer, Mélina est accueillante, a un esprit ouvert et croit que chaque personne a leurs propres besoins uniques quand ils font faces au cancer. Elle aide les personnes vivant avec le cancer et leurs proches aidants à se concentrer sur les objectifs personnels qui sont les plus importants pour eux et elle travaille en partenariat avec ses clients pour augmenter leur sens de control sur leur vie. Elle croit que chaque personne est dotée de forces et d’une sagesse unique découlant de leurs expériences de vie.
Mélina anime aussi quelques-uns de nos programmes de coaching en groupe incluant le cours Rééquilibriez la vie et le travail après le cancer, ainsi que le programme CLIMB, qui est un programme de promotion en santé mentale pour les enfants et les adolescents ayant un parent atteint du cancer.
Webinar access details will be provided in your registration confirmation email. Pending quality of recording, this webcast will be available within 30 days of the live webinar.
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