Treating Despair at the End of Life – MJHS Institute Webinar

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The MJHS Institute for Innovation in Palliative Care offers a series of Professor’s Rounds webinars presented in collaboration with the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization.

“Meaning-Centered Psychotherapy: Treating Despair at the End of Life” will be offered on November 13, 2018, 4:00pm – 5:00pm ET.

The speaker for this live event will be William Breitbart, MD, FAPA, FAPM, FAPOS, of Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.

Participants in this webinar will be introduced to Meaning-Centered Psychotherapy (MCP), a novel, existentially oriented psychotherapy which focuses on sustaining and enhancing meaning in advanced cancer patients. MCP is based on the work of Viktor Frankl, and was developed by Dr. Breitbart and the faculty of the Psychotherapy Laboratory in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. MCP has been tested in four large randomized controlled trials, and shown effective in decreasing anxiety, depression, hopelessness, desire for hastened death, physical symptom distress, and improving quality of life and spiritual well-being via the mechanism of increasing a sense of meaning. MCP is an NCI designated Research-Tested Intervention Program. Participants in the webinar will be introduced to the theoretical framework of MCP and to the structure and process of delivering MCP as an intervention to advanced cancer patients.

Webinar Objectives:

  1. The attendees will become familiar with the importance of meaning, as a component of spiritual well-being, and its relationship to depression, hopelessness, and desire for death
  2. The attendees will become familiar with a structured, didactic, and experiential 7-8 session intervention for cancer patients aimed at sustaining or enhancing a sense of meaning in the face of advanced illness
  3. The attendees will be introduced to novel adaptations of MCP for cancer caregivers, and for bereavement

This webinar is ideally suited for palliative care specialists, pain specialists, primary care providers, nurse practitioners, registered nurses, advanced practice nurses, registered nurses with a specialty in palliative care/hospice, social workers, allied health professionals, fellows, residents, and medical students.

Continuing education is available.

Visit the MJHS Institute website for additional information and to register for “Meaning-Centered Psychotherapy: Treating Despair at the End of Life.”

Check out the schedule for remaining Professor’s Rounds webinars in 2018.