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Connect and Network – Learn and Share – Percolate Thoughts

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.

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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 and Networking

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January 10 – 5 Factors of Health
February 14 – Practical Needs for Cancer Patients
March 13 – Interacting with those Diagnosed and Caregivers – Cancelled

5 Factors of Health
Take a deeper look at the five foundational factors of health, why they are important to someone facing cancer, and how we address them within Wellness House programming. 
Facilitated by Josh Newton, MS, PES, Wellness Programs Manager at Wellness House.

Practical Needs for Cancer Patients 
Stress about practical concerns, such as transportation and financial stability, is very common when undergoing cancer treatment. Get an overview of resources that may be available, including transportation services, SSDI considerations, utility service programs and more.
Facilitated by Tasha Chasson, MSW, LSW, Wellness House Oncology Support Counselor.

Interacting with those Diagnosed and Caregivers – Cancelled
Knowing what to say–and sometimes more importantly what NOT to say–to individuals in the midst of a cancer experience can feel daunting. Navigating the terminology, whether to ask about the elephant in the room, if personal stories or advice are welcomed, and many other conversations can be fraught with hesitation. Similarly, the impulse to DO something helpful to support a person touched by cancer is common, although uncertainty about what might be most beneficial can lead to vague, unhelpful offers. Drawing on her work with hundreds of patients and caregivers, Ana will offer practical advice on how to be effective in your interactions with those diagnosed and their caregivers so that the compassion you intend can be felt more deeply.
Facilitated by Ana Gordon, LCSW, OSW-C, Manager of the Psychosocial Oncology Program at the University of Illinois at Chicago Cancer Center.

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April 10 – Death Café
May 8 – Life Café
June 12 – Loss of a Partner

Death Café
Death, nature’s bookend to birth, is one of the two experiences that every person and thing that has ever lived has been guaranteed to share in. Yet, despite the powerful thoughts and feelings the topic can stir–certainly common during a cancer experience–our culture does a poor job at nourishing open conversation about it. The practice of gathering in a “Death Café” was begun decades ago to provide a place for people to openly and respectfully exchange wonderings, worries, beliefs and support around the topic of dying and death.
Facilitated by Michael Williams, Psy.D., Wellness House Senor Oncology Support Counselor, Death Café is not a lecture, but a facilitated event that will require active involvement. 

Life Café
Your patients are bigger, stronger and deeper than cancer, and indeed any challenging life circumstances that have come their way. While they are entitled to all their feelings about what life has sent them, it is useful and pleasurable to invest in ideas and practices that can help them reconnect to their whole selves and feel good again.
Facilitated by Michael Williams, Psy.D., Wellness House Senor Oncology Support Counselor, Life Café is not a lecture, but a facilitated event that will require active involvement. 

Loss of a Partner
The loss of a partner or spouse is a traumatic event. When a spouse dies of cancer, the moments leading up to that loss were traumatic as well. Join us as we discuss the complex, non-linear process of grief.
Our discussion will be co-facilitated by Jill Otto, LCSW, Wellness House Support & Family Programs Manager, and Kelli Mitchell, Wellness House Community Relations Manager, who lost her husband to cancer.

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July 10 – Introduction to Survivorship
August 14 – Child and Family Survivorship
September 11 – Exercise, Sleep + Nutrition

Introduction to Survivorship
Finishing cancer treatment often elicits a full range of emotions, as well as a new range of physical concerns and questions for both patients and caregivers. Join us as we explore both the challenges and opportunities present for diagnosed individuals and their families after treatment has been completed.
Co-facilitated by Ellen Nieman, MSW, LCSW, Wellness House Education, Engagement and Evaluation Manager, and Jill Otto, LCSW, Wellness House Support & Family Programs Manager. 

Child and Family Survivorship
The end of a child’s cancer treatment likely comes with mixed emotions–happy, hopeful, scared, worried–for the child, parents and siblings, both individually and collectively. We’ll discuss some of the challenges families face at the end of pediatric treatment, as well as suggestions for  managing the transition.
Co-facilitated by Gina Danehl, LCSW, Wellness House Oncology Child and Family Specialist, and Nevada Bennett, LPC, Wellness House Oncology Support and Family Counselor.

Exercise, Sleep + Nutrition
Being active, getting good sleep and eating well are fundamental building blocks of healthy living for everyone; they’re especially important for cancer survivors! Join us as we discuss the most important takeaways and why they’re vital to survivorship.
Co-facilitated by Angela Dennison, RD, LDN, Wellness House Oncology Dietitian, and Jadyn Chipman, ACSM GEI, ACSM/ACS CET, Wellness House Oncology Exercise Specialist.

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October 9 – Yoga, The Mighty Om
November 13 – Wellness Through Deep Hypnosis
December 11 – Mindful Journaling

Yoga, The Mighty Om
Yoga is an effective, low-cost cancer management tool that has been shown to improve mortality rates, support individual health and well-being, and reduce health care costs and lost productivity due to cancer. Studies suggest yoga can not only help survivors manage symptoms and side effects, but also help them lead longer, healthier lives. Join us as we explore yoga as a complex, holistic system.
Facilitated by Michelle Garcia, LMT, RMT, CYT, y4c Trained Teacher.

Wellness through Deep Hypnosis
Rooted in the desire to make everyone aware of their healing potential, facilitator Dr. Scot Giles, D.Min., Diplomate, National Guild of Hypnotists, Heartmath® Certified Coach, built his hypnotism for cancer care program on the findings of Dr. Bernie Siegel, M.D., whose best-selling books on Mind/Body Medicine are well known. Dr. Giles has studied with Dr. Siegel and trained with his Exceptional Cancer Patients organization.

Mindful Journaling
Our minds are messy! Mindful journaling is the act of expressively examining what is in your head and in your heart. It is meditative writing. It is asking yourself about yourself and then letting it go…out of your head and onto the paper, so that you are freed from your thoughts and empowered to move past them. Join us as we explore how this powerful tool can aid cancer survivors in reducing anxiety and increasing present moment awareness.
Facilitated by Tasha Chasson, MSW, LSW, Wellness House Oncology Support Counselor.

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