At the Intersection: Trauma and Oncology Social Work Eileen Joyce, MSW, LICSW, OSW-C was recorded December 2018. Cancer doesn't discriminate. It doesn't choose who will get it and who won't. It doesn't say, "You've been through enough already. I'll give you a break." In fact, studies show that those who have a history of trauma such as child abuse, neglect, parental mental illness, or witnessing domestic violence, are more likely to have health issues later in life, including cancer. Additionally, many people who are diagnosed with cancer experience that diagnosis and treatment as a trauma. Some find themselves coping not just with the physical effects of cancer treatment, but also with the resulting trauma response including avoidant behaviors, sleep disturbances, emotional dysregulation, dissociation, etc.
As oncology social workers, we are often at the intersection of these two realities; working with patients who have significant trauma histories and seeing those who are experiencing their cancer diagnosis and treatment as a trauma, with the resulting emotional/psychological impact. This webinar will begin to unpack the intersection of pre-existing trauma and cancer related trauma. We will consider how you can develop a pro-active approach to trauma in your oncology practice and explore how you can introduce the concepts of trauma informed care within your larger clinic or institution.
Eligible for CE credit upon successful completion of a quiz.