Original Compositions: Therapeutic Life Review with Advanced Cancer Patients
Kerry Irish, LCSW, OSW-C
Wednesday, December 6, 2017
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12:00 pm CST, 1:00 pm EST, 10:00 am PST
About the Webinar
Existential suffering is a significant concern for individuals with advanced cancer and is considered one of the most important factors that contribute to decreased quality of life among those nearing end of life (Tang et al., 2016). Therapeutic life review, while historically used primarily as an effective intervention to treat depression in the elderly, is now emerging as a promising approach to mitigate existential suffering and improving quality of life among cancer patients who are approaching end of life (Wang, Chow, & Chan, 2017). Distinct from reminiscence therapy, therapeutic life review involves a structured approach that elicits reflection on both the positive and the difficult aspects of life and facilitates a greater sense of meaning and significance as one approaches death.
This webinar will incorporate information on the rationale for and benefits of this intervention, and will provide information for both traditional and novel techniques and application. Didactic instruction, case examples and experiential learning opportunities will be included.
At the end of the presentation, the participant will be able to:
- Define therapeutic life review and how this differs from reminiscence therapy.
- Describe the therapeutic value of life review therapy in work with patients with advanced cancer as supported by the literature.
- Identify how this intervention can be incorporated into work with advanced cancer patients in diverse care settings.
Continuing Education Credits
Level - Intermediate
Participants will earn 1.5 CE credits upon successful completion of a quiz and a post-webinar evaluation.