Symptom Detection and Management
Introduction to Oncology
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.