Barriers to Adequate Cancer Treatment for Patients with Concurrent Mental Health Disorders
Maryrose Mongelli, LMSW
Wednesday, March 22, 2017
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12:00 - 1:30 p.m. CDT
About the Webinar
Cancer does not discriminate, often affecting vulnerable populations. This webinar addresses the barriers to treatment for cancer patients with concurrent serious and persistent mental illness (SMI), such as Schizophrenia and Bipolar Disorder. We will explore the role of the social worker for this special population, and how the social worker can be instrumental in increasing the quality of cancer care that clients with SMI’s receive. This course will also discuss the various systems affecting clients’ reluctance to seek treatment for cancer or commit to the cancer treatment protocol, the stigma associated with SMI, as well as understanding the nature of the SMI. Social workers, mental health clinicians, and healthcare professionals will have a basic understanding of the best practices on working with clients with concurrent SMI and cancer diagnoses. This webinar will also address the ethical challenges members of the interdisciplinary team may experience when working with the SMI population. Our role as health care professionals, social service providers, and mental health practitioners is not only to assess, diagnose and provide treatment, but also to provide a safe environment for the patient during a trying time when they feel the most vulnerable. This is especially important for the SMI population. Having an SMI should not exclude a patient from receiving the best and most up-to-date cancer treatment.
At the end of the presentation, the participant will be able to:
- Cite examples of the barriers to high quality cancer care for clients with serious and persistent mental illness.
- Describe the role of the social worker when working with clients who have serious and persistent mental illness.
- List best practices and ethical issues related to working with cancer patients with concurrent serious mental illness.
Continuing Education Credits
Level - Intermediate
Participants will earn 1.5 CE credits upon successful completion of a quiz and a post-webinar evaluation.