16th January 2019
Karin Sieger

Cancer Counselling Workshop – For all therapist & counsellors

Cancer Counselling Workshop (c) KarinSieger.com

This workshop is for all therapists & counsellors,

and not just those who want to specialise in cancer counselling.

Why you should consider attending a cancer counselling workshop.

Supporting people with life-changing and life-shortening illnesses is rarely part of a counselling or therapy training curriculum. Yet according to Cancer Research UK the incidence of cancer is increasing, with the likelihood of any one of us being diagnosed in our lifetime standing at 1 in 2.

1. What does that mean for you?

The likelihood of any of us developing cancer has increased and the likelihood of meeting a client that has been affected by cancer (including family, friends) is also high.

The emotional impact of cancer on people affected by the illness (incl relatives and friends) is both wide-ranging and specific.

Offering meaningful therapeutic / counselling support requires awareness of practical and emotional needs, which come with cancer and many other life-changing illnesses.

As cancer is traumatic, practitioner self-care is particularly important.

2. What you will learn from this workshop.

My cancer counselling workshop is designed to provide you with information and a safe space to explore working with cancer.

We will look specifically at

  • Important cancer vocabulary and basic statistics
  • Common stages, development, treatment approaches
  • The emotional impact of cancer through different phases (from diagnosis, treatment, remission, return, advanced, terminal)
  • The emotional impact on those close to people diagnosed with cancer (family, friends)
  • Therapeutic / counselling support (what to expect, suitability of interventions, practical considerations)
  • Self care for practitioners

The delivery of the course will be 50% information sharing and 50% experiential.

3. Practical points

Date: As of 30th May 2018 I am taking a break for health reasons. Next dates to be confirmed as and when.

Fee: £98 (£10 per booking will go to The Royal Marsden Cancer Charity.)

Location: Parkshot House, 5 Kew Road, Richmond, TW9 2PR

(opposite Richmond Station offering District Line, London Overground, rail and bus connections; depending on train 10-20 minutes from London Waterloo, 10 minutes from Clapham Junction, 30 minutes from London Victoria; plenty of car parking, shopping, cafes, restaurants in the area)

No Rugby matches planned on that day.

Refreshments but no lunch provided

4. About Karin

I am an integrative BACP registered and accredited psychotherapist with a private practice In Richmond. I specialise in supporting people with life changing and life shortening illnesses like cancer, and have been treated for breast cancer. I also write a lot about cancer and many other topics.

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