• 11 Feb 2020 9:29 AM | Deleted user

    On January 31, the IPOS Academy held a three day training about effective communication skills in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. Eighteen participants (including physicians, nurses and psychologists) attended the training. IPOS Early Career Director, Yeva Asribabayan, developed and implemented the training program. On the first day of the training, the participants got familiar with various communication techniques and practiced their skills during the role-plays. On the second day, the training focused on building the capacity of the participants for working with difficult emotions and for the provision of bad news. On the third day, the participants got familiar with the peculiarities of the communication with paediatric patients and with the challenges of professional burnout. Furthermore, Yeva Asribabayan introduced the Balint Group model as an effective method for the prevention of burnout – which has never been done before in Kyrgyzstan. The training was initiated by First Children Hospice in Bishkek and Red Crescent Society of Kyrgyzstan, organized with a sponsorship of IPOS. It became the first event of this kind in Kyrgyzstan.

    Photographed by Anna Ilyasova

  • 24 Jan 2020 11:08 AM | John Chagnon (Administrator)

    Register before April 1 to take advantage of the Early Bird Rate. To save even more money, be sure to activate your IPOS membership for 2020 before registering for the Congress (IPOS members receive preferred rates).

    To join IPOS for 2020, please go to: https://ipos-society.org/Membership

    To view Congress pricing, as well as to register, please go to http://ipos2020.com/registration/index.html

  • 22 Jan 2020 1:38 PM | John Chagnon (Administrator)

    You are invited to take part in a survey being conducted by run by Dr Ursula Sansom-Daly and her team at the University of New South Wales, Sydney Australia investigating how end-of-life (EoL) care and communication for adolescents and young adults (AYAs) with cancer is delivered by clinicians working with AYAs, and to obtain professional consensus around what their needs/preferences are for training in EoL communication with AYAs with cancer. We are looking for multi-disciplinary healthcare professionals who have been involved with end-of-life care and communication with at least 5 patients between the ages of 15-39 years who have died from cancer.
    The questionnaire is entirely online and in two parts. The first should take approximately 20 minutes to complete, the second will be sent 8 weeks later and take approximately 15 minutes to complete.
    You will be asked questions about your demographic characteristics (e.g., your age, sex); timing of EoL communication and psychosocial issues; and what type of EoL communication-training is most needed and preferred. Survey items will cover relevant content (e.g., timing of discussions; psychosocial issues at EoL; techniques for broaching difficult topics), and format issues (e.g, length/frequency of training; modality of training e.g., face-to-face, online, etc).
    Please note, as the survey is in two parts we will ask you to provide your contact details so we can send you the second survey.
    If you are interested in participating please follow the link below to the full information statement and online survey.
    If you would like any further information about the study please contact Dr Ursula Sansom-Daly via phone (+612) 9382 3114) or email ([email protected]).
    If you have any concerns or complaints about the conduct of this study you should contact the Research Support Office of the South Eastern Sydney Local Health District Human Research Ethics Committee on 02 9382 3587, or email [email protected] and quote 18-104.

  • 16 Jan 2020 9:49 AM | John Chagnon (Administrator)

    There are 19 options to choose from (English and Japanese options).

    1. Cross-cultural validation of patient-reported outcome (PRO) measurements: challenges and solutions (ENGLISH)

    By Juhee Cho & Danbee Kang

    2. Couple Counselling as a Part of Psycho-Social Care in Oncology (ENGLISH)

    By Marta I. Porebiak

    3. Behavioral Activation for Cancer Patients (in Japanese)

    By Shin-ichi Suzuki

    4. Demoralization in cancer care: diagnosis and treatment (ENGLISH)

    By David Kissane, Anja Mehnert-Theuerkauf, Luigi Grassi, Chun-Kai Fang, Sigrun Vehling & Rebecca Philipp

    5. Integrative Model of Cancer Experience in Children and Teenagers through the use of Art (ENGLISH)

    By Olimpia Petzold Rodriguez


    By Peter Mai

    7. Mindfulness-based, compassion-oriented self-care program for health professionals (Japanese session)

    By Daisuke Fujisawa & Sunre Park

    8. ACT – An Introduction into Acceptance and Commitment Therapy in Cancer Patients (ENGLISH)

    By Gregor Weissflog & Helge Danker

    9. CBT for People with Cancer (ENGLISH)

    By Stirling Moorey

    10. How to run a family meeting (ENGLISH)

    By David Kissane

    11. Group interventions targeting executive functions and decision-making in survivors of non-CNS cancer (ENGLISH)

    By Ayala Bloch & Limor Sharoni

    12. Expressive Arts Therapy Interventions for relieving emotional and physical suffering in Cancer patients (ENGLISH)

    By Peter Mai

    13.ECPP - IPOS Early Career Professionals in Psycho-Oncology (ECPP) committee (ENGLISH)

    14. Managing Cancer and Living Meaningfully (CALM) Workshop (ENGLISH)

    By Gary Rodin & Sarah Hales

    15. Navigating through Life Adversities with “Kindfulness”: The Theory and Practice of Self-Compassion for Healthcare Professionals in Cancer Care (ENGLISH)

    By Adrian H.Y. Wan

    16. How to start your research (ENGLISH)

    By Christoffer Johansen

    17. Communication and Challenging Discussions at the End of Life (ENGLISH)

    By Darius Razavi

    18. How should Clinician-Rated Clinical Outcome Assessments (COAs) be developed and used in oncology research and clinical practice? (ENGLISH)

    By Katharina Vogt & Georgina Jones

    19. Managing fear of cancer recurrence in cancer survivors with individual or group therapy (ENGLISH)

    By Sophie Lebel, Christine Maheu, Phyllis Butow, Louise Sharpe & Jane Turner

    Find out more by going to http://ipos2020.com/program/ws.html

  • 8 Jan 2020 9:58 AM | John Chagnon (Administrator)

    From November 2 to December 192019 IPOS organised the first pilot Psycho-Oncology Upskilling Training for psychiatrists, psychologist, counsellors and mental health nurses in Turkey. The training was completed in a total of 36 hours and was the first short training program in psycho-oncology that has an integrated supervised placement component in Turkey, which is accredited and recognised by a higher education institute; Istanbul Aydin University.

    The aim of this course is to understand cancer, to gain communication skills to support patients and their caregivers in all stages of treatment, to be equipped with psycho-oncological measurement tools and introduce intervention methods, as well as to obtain ethical information about the treatment processes. In the training, differences of paediatric and adult oncology have been distinguished and delivered by the comprehensive multidisciplinary team which are the members of the Psycho-Oncology Association; Psychiatrist Muzaffer Uyar, Health Psychologist Ozan Bahcivan, Specialist Psychologists Elif Ozluk and Zeynep Yazici, Oncologist Basak Adali Aksoy as well as Oncology Nurse Rabia Tulubas.

    Trainees showed great interest to the program, and received positive feedbacks, such as; “I’m so glad to take this course as it provided me the core knowledge about psycho-oncology.”

    We thank all the trainees, Istanbul Aydin University and Medical Park Bahcelievler Hospital for their cooperation, and IPOS Education committee for their assistance in the developmental of learning materials. We hope to offer this program again in 2020 to the wider health care professionals, such as for social workers.





  • 19 Dec 2019 4:31 PM | John Chagnon (Administrator)

    On behalf of the IPOS management and Board we wish all good tidings for the holiday season. We had a great 2019, and could not have done it without all the amazing volunteers and members from around the World! Some major highlights:

    With this holiday message we bring news of change for 2020.

    We bid goodbye to Anthony Laycock at the end of this year and welcome John Chagnon as Executive Director starting on January 1, 2020. John has been working with IPOS for several years and is a familiar name to many of our members. The management office will continue to support the work of the Society, the Board and the various committees who work on your behalf, all as volunteers, to advance the interests of our members. Anthony expresses gratitude to all members for allowing him the honour of serving as Executive Director. The email address [email protected] is now being re-directed to John Chagnon at [email protected].
    The IPOS office will be closed on December 24, 2019 and will reopen on January 2, 2020. During this period, please note:
    • Individuals can still easily renew/join online for 2020. Current members need only log into their membership profile to renew while new members can go to https://ipos-society.org/Membership
    • Details on the 2020 IPOS World Congress can be found by going to http://ipos2020.com/. Any questions or comments about the World Congress can be directed to [email protected]Remember, the final abstract submission deadline is January 1, 2020!
    • Many of our board members and volunteers will not have access to email over the holidays. All will do their best to respond as quickly as possible once they are back in their offices.

    All of us wish you the best and safe holiday season.

  • 9 Dec 2019 9:15 AM | John Chagnon (Administrator)

    For the first time ever, IPOS has its first ever board member on the ECCO Board of Directors for the 2020-2021 period. We are pleased to report that Csaba Dégi (Romania) will be representing IPOS and Psycho-social Oncology on the European CanCer Organisation (ECCO).

    Congratulations to Csaba and all the incoming ECCO board of directors. 

    Find out more by going to https://www.ecco-org.eu/About-Ecco/Organisation/Board-of-Directors

    About ECCO:

    Through its 27 Member Societies - representing over 150 000 professionals - ECCO is the only multidisciplinary organisation that connects and responds to all stakeholders in oncology Europe-wide. ECCO is a not-for-profit federation that exists to uphold the right of all European cancer patients to the best possible treatment and care, promoting interaction between all organisations involved in cancer at European level. It does this by creating awareness of patients’ needs and wishes, encouraging progressive thinking in cancer policy, training and education and promoting European cancer research, prevention, diagnosis, treatment and care.

  • 5 Dec 2019 1:55 PM | John Chagnon (Administrator)

    Cancer Institute (WIA), Chennai presents IPOS ACADEMY 2020

    Theme: Enhancing Psycho-oncology Practices and Researches in India

    DATE: 31st Jan & 1st Feb, 2020
    VENUE: GRT Grand, Chennai

    Cancer Institute (WIA), Chennai in close partnership with the International Psycho-oncology Society (IPOS), has developed an Academy on the theme of Enhancing Psycho-oncology Practices and Researches in India. The objective of this Academy is to train the participants and professionals on evidence-based practices in distress management, application of psychotherapies, communication training and strengthening research pertaining to psychooncology. This Academy will be a combination of panel discussions, plenaries, symposiums and presentations in which participants will be encouraged to share their knowledge on the specified areas and will aid in facilitating research collaboration between the professionals from different institutions.

    Register now at www.cancerinstitutewia.in

    Download the Academy Brochure for complete details.

  • 5 Dec 2019 1:19 PM | John Chagnon (Administrator)

    Ozan Bahcivan (Turkey), a previous IPOS Early Career Director, was an invited speaker to the "3rd Regional Educational Meeting on Supportive Care in Cancer Patients for Eastern Europe and Balkan Region" in Serbia between 29-30 November 2019. A specific session for psycho-oncology was included for the first time at such an international regional educational meeting in Eastern Europe. Representing IPOS, Ozan was fortunate enough to introduce psycho-oncology to medical professionals. In this matter, IPOS made history! 

    It was a joint meeting with support from ESMO, ESGO, MASCC and of course IPOS successfully included. Below are several photos taken at the meeting.

    IPOS would like to thank Ozan Bahcivan for attending! We would also like to thank Snezana M Bosnjak, Matti Aapro and Dragana Jovanovic.

  • 25 Nov 2019 3:27 PM | John Chagnon (Administrator)

    1. An implementation science primer for psycho-oncology: translating robust evidence into practice
    Background: It is broadly acknowledged that the next global challenge for psycho-oncology is the implementation of robust evidence-based treatments into routine clinical practice. There is little guidance or texts specific to psycho-oncology to guide researchers and clinicians about implementation science and how to optimally accelerate the translation of evidence into routine practice. This article aims to provide a primer in implementation science for psycho-oncology researchers and clinicians.
    2. Anxiety and depression in patients with early stage endometrial cancer: A longitudinal analysis from before surgery to 6-month post-surgery
    Background: The prevalence of anxiety and depression, and psychological treatment received by patients with endometrial cancer has rarely been studied. The primary aim of this article was to determine the point prevalence and cumulative prevalence of anxiety and depression in patients with endometrial cancer and types of psychological treatment received. The secondary aim was to evaluate the sociodemographic and clinical factors associated with anxiety and depression from before surgery to 6-month post-surgery.

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