BOX 5-6
The American Psychosocial Oncology Society Online Education Program: Survivorship

Symptom Detection and Management

  • Delirium

  • Depression and Suicide

  • Central Nervous System Effects of Drugs Used in Cancer Treatment

  • Distress Management in Cancer: Standards and Clinical Practice Guidelines

  • Cancer-Related Fatigue

  • Substance Abuse in the Oncology Setting

  • Anxiety and Adjustment Disorders

  • Psychosocial Screening Goes Mainstream: A Prospective Problem-Solving System

Interventions

  • Online Support Groups for Women with Breast Cancer: A Pilot Study of Effectiveness

  • Maximizing Psychosocial Health & Making a Therapeutic Connection: Counseling Cancer Patients and Their Caregivers

  • Cognitive and Behavioral Strategies for Cancer Patients

  • Psychiatric Emergencies in the Oncology Setting

Population-Specific Issues

  • Cancer Survivorship: Psychosocial Issues

Program Administration

  • Establishing a Psychosocial Program: Challenges and Strategies

Introduction to Oncology

  • Oncology for Psycho-Oncologists

SOURCE: APOS (2005b).

including survivorship (Box 5-6). The course provides a core of knowledge about psychosocial oncology that is relevant to many disciplines.

Professionals who complete the curriculum and examination are added to the APOS Referral Directory that will serve as a national registry of psychosocial oncologists. Founded in 1986, APOS is attempting to network all disciplines that provide psychosocial services to patients with cancer. Its goal is to become a nationally recognized organization that advocates for improvement of psychosocial care for these patients and their families. APOS also offers continuing education through its annual meetings. In addition to this opportunity available through APOS, continuing education opportunities in psycho-oncology are provided by several professional organizations: International Psycho-Oncology Society, Academy of Psychosomatic Medicine, Society of Behavioral Medicine, American Psychological Association, and American Psychiatric Association.



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