Certificate in Working with People with Cancer

This unique Certificate has been developed in collaboration with experienced trainers of complementary therapists. It aims to provide continuing professional development in the field of cancer for experienced complementary therapists. Participants will gain a good understanding of the particular issues of working with people with cancer, the importance of a holistic approach, a basic knowledge of current medical treatments, an approach to integrating services and the importance of self-care and professional supervision.  

Please note that this is a certificate of attendance and not a certificate of clinical competency.

Participants on this course must:

  • be a registered therapist with at least two years experience
  • undertake 6 core days of training over a period of one year
  • maintain a personal professional portfolio to demonstrate attendance and reflective learning over the year to be submitted for assessment before the Certificate will be awarded. 

The Certificate in Working with People with Cancer is awarded following the attendance of all core study days and the submission and completion to a satisfactory standard of a Reflective Practice Portfolio. 

Core days for the Certificate are:

  1. An Introduction to the Bristol Approach to cancer care
  2. What is cancer?
  3. Learning to use self-help approaches - relaxation, meditation, and guided imagery
  4. Counselling people with cancer
  5. Introducing complementary therapies into a healthcare organisation
  6. Introduction to palliative care (taught in collaboration with local hospices, available in Bristol or possibly local to where you live - please discuss when making your booking)

In addition there is a single evening session on the keeping of a Reflective Practice Portfolio.

Cost

Registration fee £40 + 6 workshops at £45 each. Total £310

The 6 core days can be taken over one year (from the date of the first core course attended) in any order.

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Accreditation

The Certificate in Working with People with Cancer is accredited with the University of the West of England (UWE) for 20 Academic Credit points at either Level 2 or 3 (depending on prior learning). If you, or your professional organisation require an accredited certificate as part of your continuing professional development, you should register to do the Certificate as a Work Based Learning Module. If you have already completed the Certificate in Working with People with Cancer and wish to receive accreditation, you will need to pay an additional fee to advance the Certificate to a Work Based Learning Module.

For more information, please contact our education department on 0117 980 9520 or email

 


An Introduction to the Bristol Approach to cancer care

(stand alone course and core day for Certificate)

Who Should Attend?
Healthcare professionals
Complementary therapists
Anyone involved directly with the support of people experiencing cancer and its treatments

 

Outline Programme
1. history of the Bristol Approach
2. the underlying holistic model
3. mind/body links
4. evidence for the benefits of the programme
5. the dietary approach
6. use of healing and touch

 

How will I benefit?
This day course offers you an opportunity to look at the basic principles and philosophy of the Bristol Approach to cancer care, as practised at Bristol Cancer Help Centre.

Date
Mon 27th Feb 2006 Ref: IBA1 Contact Us
Mon 12th June 2006 Ref: IBA2 Contact Us
Mon 9th Oct 2006 Ref: IBA3 Contact Us

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What is cancer? An introduction to the disease and its treatment

(stand alone course and core day for Certificate)

Who Should Attend?
Healthcare professionals
Complementary therapists
Anyone involved directly with the support of people experiencing cancer and its treatments

Outline Programme
1. Detailed overview of cancer as a disease
2. Description of current approaches to treatment, e.g. surgery, radiotherapy, chemotherapy.
3. Exploration of the particular problems cancer poses for people experiencing treatment
4. Discussion on the specific needs of people living with cancer, their support and the points at which they may require additional help

How will I benefit?
This day will help you in developing practise strategies based on a more informed understanding.
Qualified complementary therapists will find this helpful in understanding the experience of those with cancer. Included is an overview of the disease and current medical treatments.  We also explore the particular problems that cancer poses for people living with cancer and their supporters, and the points at which people may become particularly vulnerable and in need of support.

Dates:

Tues 28th Feb 2006 Ref: WC1 Contact Us
Tues 13th June 2006 Ref: WC2 Contact Us
Tues 10th Oct 2006 Ref: WC3 Contact Us

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Learning to use self-help approaches - relaxation, meditation, and imagery

(stand alone course and core day for Certificate)

Who Should Attend?
Healthcare professionals
Complementary therapists
Anyone involved directly with leading support groups of people experiencing cancer and its treatments

Outline Programme
1. Detailed overviews of stress adaptation model and psycho-neuro-immunology
2. Introduction to, and experiential practise of, a variety of relaxation, imagery exercises and simple approaches to meditation
3. Presentation of research-based evidence supporting the use of self-help approaches within a model of health and particularly for those people experiencing cancer and its treatments
4. Promotion of self care strategies for practitioners

How will I benefit?
An opportunity to examine not just the promotion of self-help approaches on behalf of clients and patients but also the need to recognise the use of such techniques for the practitioner too.

Dates

Wed 1st March 2006 Ref: MRV1 Contact Us
Wed 14th June 2006 Ref: MRV2 Contact Us
Wed 11th Oct 2006 Ref: MRV3 Contact Us

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Counselling people with cancer

(stand alone course and core day for Certificate)

Who Should Attend?
Healthcare professionals, who do not hold a counselling certificate
Complementary therapists, who do not hold a counselling certificate
Anyone involved directly with the support of people experiencing cancer and its treatments, and who does not hold a counselling certificate

 

Outline Programme
1. Identification of the potential and actual impact of cancer for the individual affected by the disease, its treatment and beyond.
2. Detail of the nature and process of grief at the time of life threatening and life reducing illness.
3. Introduction to essential listening and responding counselling skills within a transpersonal counselling model.
4. Consideration of the skills, challenges and expectations of those who seek to support and offer counselling to the person with cancer.

 

How will I benefit?
You will have an opportunity to explore counselling skills within the process of healing, whether healing is focussed towards health or focussed towards healing into death. As a result of the day, you will be able to identify any continual support or further training you may require.

Dates
Thurs 2nd March 2006 Ref: C1 Contact Us
Thurs 15th June 2006 Ref: C2 Contact Us

Thurs 12th Oct 2006 Ref: C3 Contact Us


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Introducing complementary therapies into a healthcare organisation

(stand alone course and core day for Certificate)

Who Should Attend?
NHS professionals and managers
Hospice managers, private and voluntary sector
Complementary therapists and organisations offering complementary therapies for people with cancer
Those working within complementary therapy settings who are seeking to form an alliance and / or work collaboratively with mainstream healthcare providers
Those who are developing policies and procedures within an existing organisation or alliance

Outline Programme
1. Identification of the differences between alternative and complementary therapies
2. Examination of the usefulness of complementary therapies and the particular evidence underpinning the relevance of complementary therapies to cancer and its treatment
3. Exploration of the concepts of safe practice and employment of registered complementary therapists
4. Consideration of the ways in which complementary therapies can be safely incorporated into mainstream healthcare practices along with the development of policies and protocols that support such integration

How will I benefit?
This is an opportunity for you to identify issues that promote, and issues that create barriers to, the successful integration of complementary therapies into healthcare settings. You will be able to appraise current or develop new policies / protocols / strategies that will guarantee safe, reliable and measurable practices  - enabling confident communication between complementary therapy providers and mainstream healthcare providers.

Dates:
Fri 3rd March 2006 Ref: ICT1 Contact Us
Fri 16th June 2006 Ref: ICT2 Contact Us
Fri 13th Oct 2006 Ref: ICT3 Contact Us


An introduction to palliative care: workshops in collaboration with local hospices
(core day for Certificate)

Who Should Attend?
Complementary therapists undertaking the Certificate course

Outline Programme
1. Discussion of societal attitudes to dying and death
2. Consideration of the historical and political influences on the provisions for palliative and terminal care
3. Exploration of the specific needs of the person who is dying along with the specific role of the complementary practitioner during the palliative and dying phase of terminal illness.

How will I benefit?
You will have an opportunity to explore the philosophy and principles that underpin modern palliative and terminal care and the relevance of these principles in the day-to-day practice of complementary therapy.

Dates

1st Mar 2006 Ref: PC1 Contact Us
14th June 2006 Ref: PC2 Contact Us
10th Oct 2006 Ref: PC3 Contact Us

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Reflective practice evening

Reflective practice is a key component of the Certificate in Working with People with Cancer and the Work-Based Learning Module. This is an evening session that provides an opportunity to understand the process of Reflective Practise and how to write a portfolio.

For those who proceed to the Work-Based Learning Module, the reflective portfolio forms the basis of the written assignment required by the University of the West of England for accreditation.

Evening session, 5pm until 6.30pm – refreshments will be provided

Dates

Mon 27th Feb 2006 Ref: RP1 Contact Us
Mon 12th June 2006 Ref: RP2 Contact Us
Mon 9th Oct 2006 Ref: RP3 Contact Us

There is no charge for those registered on the Certificate in Working with People with Cancer or the Work Based Module.

"Bristol Cancer Help Centre advocates the use of massage for people with cancer as a vital source of comfort, nurture and healing for people in physical and emotional distress. 

It is essential that clients feel positive about the potential of massage.  This means that massage therapists must be well trained, understand the special needs of people with cancer, and be confident in what they do. 

That is why the Centre runs courses for complementary therapists in key disciplines - to give confidence to both the therapist and their clients."

Andy Fagg

Massage Therapist, MA, MTI, ITEC