2017 IPOS Training Academy in Kigali, Rwanda

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Advancing Cancer Care in Africa.
2017 IPOS Training Academy in Kigali, Rwanda, November 5-6, 2017
Theme: Psycho-Oncology in Cancer Prevention and Control in Africa

IPOS has developed, in close partnership with our colleagues in Africa and in collaboration with AORTIC, a Training Academy on the theme of Cancer Prevention and Control in Africa. The goal of this Training Academy is to train African health care professionals to 1) better understand cultural, social, and psychological barriers to cancer prevention in Africa, and 2) address these barriers through evidenced-based programs (see program below).

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Our Organization:

IPOS is the sole multidisciplinary international charitable organization devoted to psycho-oncology, leading in education, research, training, public policy, and advocacy. In 2014, IPOS celebrated its 30th anniversary and began a partnership with the World Health Organization. Part of our mandate is to build capacity for cancer care in low-income countries. IPOS includes 65+ member countries from 6 continents.

IPOS Training Academy – Kigali, Rwanda – November 5-6, 2017
This program is Co-Sponsored by the World Health Organization

Theme:  Psycho-Oncology in Cancer Prevention and Control in Africa

Overall Goal: To educate attendees on using psycho-oncology to increase cancer prevention and control.

Methods: The Training Academy will use a combination of didactic seminars and roundtable discussions, in which participants will be encouraged to discuss knowledge translation as it relates to public policy, research, clinical, and training, as well as outline needs for collaboration in these areas.

Learning Objectives:

At the end of the Training Academy, attendees will be able to:

NOVEMBER 4, 2017:

19:00-20:30 Pre-Academy Working Cocktail for Faculty (Scholars are meeting on November 5th at 8:00 am)

NOVEMBER 5, 2017:

7:15-7:45 Registration

8:00-9:00 Opening Comments from Co-Chairs Dr. Chioma Asuzu, Dr. Melissa Henry, and Distinguished Representatives

1. Describe how Psycho-Oncology can promote positive health behaviors to improve primary and secondary cancer prevention

  • Health behaviors etiologically associated with cancer occurrence and early detection, and public health risk-reducing policies in African adult and pediatric settings
    • 9:00-9:30 Cancer screening (To be determined)
    • 9:30-10:30 Tobacco Control and alcohol reduction (Dr. Akindele Olupelumi Adebiyi, Nigeria)
    • 10:30-11:00 Lifestyle behaviors: Exercise and diet (Dr. Christian Ntizimira; Rwanda)

11:00-11:15 Morning Break

  • 11:15-11:45 Critical appraisal of the scientific literature on socio-cultural barriers to cancer prevention in Africa (To be determined)
    • Stigma, lack of spousal support, fear of the unknown, and other cultural and religious barriers
    • Conceptual models to understand low uptake of preventive efforts: Health Belief Model, Andersen’s Behavioural Model of Health Services Use

2. Describe strategies to reduce screening and treatment delays from a psycho-oncological perspective

  • Health care models that work
    • 11:45-12:45 Connections: Integrating spiritual and traditional healers in cancer prevention programs and routine cancer care in Nigeria (Dr. Chioma Asuzu; Nigeria and Dr. Mark Lazenby; California, USA)

12:45-13:15 LUNCH

    • Overview of cancer outreach programs – Eliminating health disparities through cultural responsiveness in medicine
      • 13:15-14:15 Working with community-embedded institutions and eliciting the patient or community member’s health belief model (Dr. Francesca Gany; New-York, USA)
      • 14:15-15:15 A systems thinking approach to improving cancer care delivery through psycho-oncology (Dr. David Lounsbury; New-York, USA)
    • 15:15-15:45 Public – Private Partnership: Enhancing screening in Rural Africa: A Kenyan Example (Lets fight this battle together campaign in Kenya)(Dr. Phillip Odyio; Kenya)

3. 15:45-16:15 Brief evidenced-based interventions to help patients make positive health behavior change in medical and cancer clinics (Dr. Melissa Henry; Montreal, Canada)

  • The cancer diagnosis as a wake-up call to initiate health behavior change
  • Overview of pharmaceutical aids and their proven efficacy
  • 5A, FRAMES, and Motivational Interviewing (MI) – their interdisciplinary application starting with physicians

16:15-16:45 Afternoon Break

  • 16:45-18:30 Roundtable: Structural and Cultural Change to Improve Survival
    Chair: Margaret Barton-Burke (New York, USA)

NOVEMBER 6, 2017:

4. Acquire skills in psychotherapeutic interventions to promote positive health behaviors and enhance the quality of life of cancer patients throughout the cancer care continuum

  • 8:00-8:30 Overview of psychological interventions applicable to Psycho-Oncology (Dr. Scott Nichols; California, USA)
  • Anxiety, fear of the unknown, denial, and PTSD: How it influences treatment decision-making and what we can do to help
    • 8:30-9:00 Understanding and managing pre-procedure anxiety and avoidance in medical settings using behavioral and pharmaceutical interventions (Dr. Scott Nichols; California, USA))
    • 9:00-9:30 Reinforcing connections: The importance of communal and family partnership in care (Dr. Philip Odyio; Kenya)

5. 9:30-10:00 Model of psycho-oncology as developed in Nigeria (Dr. Chioma Asuzu; Nigeria)

6. 10:00-10:30 Pain management as a basic human right in cancer care (Dr. Sokhna Ndiaye; Senegal)

10:30-10:45 Morning Break

7. 10:45-16:15 (Lunch 12:45-13:15) Evidenced-based behavioral interventions for use in oncology

  • Existential psychotherapy for patients with advanced cancer (Dr. Elizabeth Akin-Odanye; Nigeria; Dr. Allison Applebaum; New-York, USA)
    • Introduction to Meaning-Centered Psychotherapy (MCP), a therapeutic approach based on the principles of logotherapy and existential psychology, which utilizes didactics, discussions, and experiential exercises that focus on specific themes related to both meaning and advanced cancer.
    • The goal of MCP is to help patients with advanced cancer sustain or enhance a sense of meaning, peace, and purpose in their lives even as they approach the end of life
      • Specific Goals of MCP:
        • To promote a supportive environment for cancer patients to explore personal issues and feelings surrounding their illness on a one-to-one therapeutic basis
        • To facilitate a greater understanding of possible sources of meaning both before and after a diagnosis of cancer
        • To aid patients in their discovery and maintenance of a sense of meaning in life during illness

16:15-16:30 Afternoon Break

  • 16:30-18:00 Roundtable: Service Development/Planning to Integrate Psycho-Oncology Care in Africa
    Chair: Dr. David Lounsbury (New York, USA)