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Events For Professionals

Professional Perk
Networking and Education Series

People impacted by cancer do better and feel better with psychosocial support. As a professional in the field, you want the best outcome for those in your care. Research shows an increased survival rate and better quality of life for people impacted by cancer who receive psychosocial support. Join us to exchange thoughts, connect with other professionals and learn about psychosocial topics from the experts at Wellness House.

SECOND FRIDAYS ONLINE
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8:45 – 9:00 a.m. Check-in and Networking
9:00 – 9:45 a.m. Presentation
9:45 – 10:00 a.m. Q & A

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2021 Series

Cancer through the Life Span
Through the lenses of developmental stage, communication, caregiving and resources, we will explore:

June 18* – Working with Young Adult Patients
      *in June, Professional Perk will meet on the third Friday of the month

Since 1973, there has been a concerning 30% increase in AYA cancer diagnoses. In 2020, it was anticipated that just shy of 1 million people ages 15-39 would have their lives upended by this devastating diagnosis. What is driving this rapid rise in AYA cancer rates?  And what are the long term implications when cancer disrupts physical + psychosocial development at such a critical period?  Join us for an engaging discussion about the special issues faced by our AYA survivors, their families and caregivers, and how we as professionals can proactively support and advocate for these uniquely vulnerable patients.  We will cover topics ranging from oncofertility to financial risks to mental health and include concrete suggestions for interventions and resources that you can use in your practice.  

July 9 – Working with Middle Adult Patients

When a middle aged adult, a person generally from 40-60 years-old, faces a cancer diagnosis and treatment, many aspects of their growth and development can be affected.  Join us as we discuss the developmental needs of someone in this age group, useful communication and relationship styles, affects of the cancer experience on associated caregivers and some potentially-useful resources for all involved

August 13 – Working with Geriatric Patients

By 2030, older adults in the United States are projected to outnumber children for the first time in history. This change is known as the Silver Tsunami and it impacts geriatric medical care. As we age, our needs change. Geriatric patients may have complex needs related to cognitive changes, changes in family support, comorbid conditions, and more. Join us to learn about the developmental stage, communication, caregiving, and resources for this growing population

Oncology Wellness
September 10 – Busting Cancer Nutrition Myths
October 8 – Overcoming Physical Activity Barriers
November 12 – Go-To Interventions
December 10 – Complementary RX:  Laughter, Happiness and Gratitude


 

Refill Your Cup:
Self-Care and Support for Professionals

 

Designed to support healthcare professionals who provide direct service to oncology patients in Illinois, this monthly group provides the opportunity to both give and receive support from others who understand the rewards and challenges of working with the oncology population. Evidence-based stress management techniques will be discussed, and each group will conclude with a guided meditation. 

FOURTH WEDNESDAYS ONLINE*
4:00 – 5:15 p.m.

      *starting in July, Refill Your Cup is changing to fourth Fridays from 8:45 – 10:00 a.m.

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Register here for Refill Your Cup!

For more information, contact Kelli Mitchell at kmitchell@wellnesshouse.org or 630.654.5197.