Are you a medical and mental health / psychosocial providers who work with caregivers of children diagnosed with cancer?  Are you looking for family based intervention program to help your patients and families cope with a cancer diagnosis? If so, you'll want to register today for the Surviving Cancer Competently Intervention Program - Newly Diagnosed (SCCIP-ND) Training on October 16-17, 2014 at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.

SCCIP-ND is a manualized three-session intervention for parents and caregivers of children diagnosed with cancer.  SCCIP-ND is an integrated cognitive behavioral and family systems intervention, designed to promote healthy family adjustment to pediatric cancer and treatment and to prevent cancer-related posttraumatic stress symptoms in family members. SCCIP-ND was based on research indicating the presence of symptoms of posttraumatic stress in childhood cancer survivors and their parents.  The intervention is structured according to the following:

Session 1 helps caregivers identify their beliefs about cancer and discuss how beliefs influence feelings, behaviors, and family relationships.

Session 2 helps caregivers understand how adverse beliefs can impact family functioning and addresses the benefits of reframing beliefs to enhance their feelings, behaviors, and family relationships. 

Session 3 engages caregivers in a guided discussion regarding the role of cancer in the family.  The “Family Survival Roadmap” is used to help caregivers recognize their beliefs about the future and share beliefs with each other.

The intervention is based on four key therapeutic constructs that are integrated throughout each session:  joining with the family; maintaining an interpersonal focus; normalizing the family’s experience; and focusing on the family’s strengths and growth.  SCCIP-ND also utilizes the “Video Family Discussion Group” tool throughout the intervention as a virtual proxy for a supportive discussion with other caregivers of children with cancer.  

Note: The SCCIP-ND implementation materials are also available for Spanish-speaking therapists and families.

Target Audience:  This program is designed for medical and mental health / psychosocial providers who work with caregivers of children diagnosed with cancer.  Those being trained to implement the intervention should have some experience providing psychotherapy and be familiar with Cognitive-Behavioral or Family Systems therapeutic orientations.

Educational Objectives:  After attending this program, the learner will be able to:

1. Describe the evidence supporting the efficacy for the SCCIP-ND intervention.

2. Explain the theoretical basis for using the four core treatment components:   (a) Joining, (b) Identifying Adversities-Beliefs-Consequences, (c) Reframing, and (d) the Family Roadmap in guided conversations about the role of cancer in the family.

3. Apply these four core components with caregivers in treatment sessions.

4. Utilize guidelines for implementing the intervention flexibly, while maintaining fidelity to the protocol.

Continuing Education:  12 credit hours of American Psychological Association (APA) CE credit has been applied for through the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia’s Department of Psychology, which is an approved APA sponsor of continuing education for psychologists. 12 credit hours of National Association of Social Workers (NASW) CE credit has been applied for through the Nemours Children’s Health System.

For questions or additional information on the SCCIP-ND training, please contact Stephen DiDonato: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.