Continuing Education Units – Online Learning

WCRC Continuing Education UnitsThe Continuing Education Program offers ten 4 hour workshops exploring a diverse range of subjects which affect the well-being of clients and their families living with cancer and other life changing illnesses. The workshops below can be viewed on the web.

Completion of ten approved workshops (online or in person from both the 2014-15 and 2015-16 curriculums) qualifies participant for the WCRC Cancer and Illness Trained Clinician Certificate. Click here for curriculum certificate requirements. Demonstrated competency through experience will be considered to fulfill the required courses and specific courses can be substituted for required courses (for example an oncology nurse will not be required to take Cancer 101 but will need to take another course in its place, totaling 10 courses). Please email experience substitution requests to .

These sessions are available to health care professionals and psychotherapists of all orientations, genders and all degrees. At this time MFT’s, LCSW’s, and LPCC’s receive CEU’s for the workshops.

Questions? Please Call Cheryl Jones, Manager of Professional Education, at (510) 653-7374 or email .


Series I and Series II

Ten classes – to be viewed online.

   
 


Series I

Educating Therapists for Work with Clients who are Ill

Five classes – may be taken in person or viewed online. Classes that have already occurred will be available online for those attending the remainder in person.
20 CEU Units.

   
 

Cancer 101 for Therapists
A comprehensive overview of the types and science of cancer, paying particular attention to the aspects of diagnosis, treatment, and subsequent adjustments which most impact the psychological world of our clients.
4 CEU Units.

   
 

Continuity of Care: Emotional and Ethical Issues in End of Life Treatment
The boundaries of typical therapy are often challenging to maintain with severely ill and dying clients. How do we differentiate a healthy relaxing of boundaries required by the new situation of the client from inadequate detachment? What is now needed to protect the therapeutic alliance?
4 CEU Units.

   
 

Illness as Loss: Grieving the Loss of Health
Examination of the losses resulting from illness; loss of health, loss of the certainty of future, fear of recurrence, often loss of income and financial stability, and facing the potential loss of life.
4 CEU Units.

   
 

Illness, Grief, Loss, and Holidays
How do illnesses impact the experience of cultural events? What is the potential for alienation, isolation, and loneliness? How can we, as therapists, support clients to normalize their emotional responses and reclaim whatever meaning is possible for them during celebration times?
4 CEU Units.

   
 

Supporting the Caregiver in Therapy
The influence of illness on primary caregivers can be life changing and deeply difficult. We examine the impacts on caregivers of that role, and the accommodations therapists may need to make to serve this population.
4 CEU Units.

   
 


Series II

Emotional and Spiritual Aspects of the Cancer Experience

Five classes – may be taken in person or viewed online. Classes that have already occurred will be available online for those attending the remainder in person.
20 CEU Units.

   
 

The Family Facing Cancer: Critical Issues
Discussion of the nature of illness from a family perspective, and how illness differentially affects spouses, children, and the extended family and community. Participants will also learn how to guide the client, family, and community to create support structures that work.
4 CEU Units.

   
 

Post Traumatic Growth and the Cancer Experience
A new field defines the change that sometimes happens after trauma. Post Traumatic Growth defines five areas of change common to those who ‘bounce forward’ instead of bouncing back. When therapists remain aware of the potential for growth, not just survival, we can better support that growth.
4 CEU Units.

   
 

Crisis and Grief Fatigue in the Therapist: Working with Cancer and Other Life-Threatening Illnesses
As therapists, we are affected by our clients even when we are trained to create a boundary between our experience and theirs. This workshop trains participants to recognize their own responses to working with clients who are ill, so that we can better serve ourselves and our clients. We will also discuss the impact of our personal loss experiences on our work with ill and grieving clients.
4 CEU Units.

   
 

Body Image, Sexuality, and Cancer
How does cancer impact a client’s relationship to her body and to her sexuality? Can we, as therapists, support our clients to redefine that relationship so that clients are once again positively embodied?
4 CEU Units.

   
 

Healing Versus Cure: Spiritual Aspects of Clinical Work with Ill Patients
Although not everyone will cure their cancer, there is the potential for healing which is sometimes inspired by the threat of losing life. How do we as therapists support an exploration of a client’s perceived spiritual landscape, guiding them through questions of meaning, belief, and transformation, regardless of our own beliefs? How do we define these issues for ourselves, yet remain open to the many ways our clients will define them?
4 CEU Units.