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  • 25 Sep 2020 11:49 AM | John Chagnon (Administrator)

    IPOS has recently established a Palliative Care Special Interest Group (SIG). The aims of the Palliative Care Special Interest Group (SIG) are to:

    • Provide a professional network for members with an interest in psychosocial aspects of palliative care
    • Foster links with researchers and clinicians from the broad range of disciplines working in the area of palliative care to promote psychosocial care as a core component of quality palliative care
    • Facilitate discussion about initiatives to enhance psychosocial knowledge and skills of health professionals working in palliative care
    • Facilitate discussion about research initiatives and foster research collaborations (in coordination with the IPOS Research Committee)
    • Disseminate information about educational opportunities (including web-based resources or focused training), workshops or conferences, develop focused educational initiatives (in collaboration with the IPOS Education Committee) and contribute to the scientific program of the IPOS World Congress as appropriate

    We are now calling for expressions of interest / members. To be eligible, you must be a member of IPOS, or be willing to join. Associate memberships are available with reduced rates for those in lower and middle-income countries. Memberships obtained in 2020 will be valid until the end of 2021.

    Work of the SIG will be shaped by the membership, though we anticipate initial work will include:

    • Establishing a section of the IPOS website that will contain: guidance regarding the psychosocial aspects of palliative care for patients and caregivers; professional psychosocial education relevant to palliative care; information about research gaps and priorities; profiles of current IPOS members active in palliative care research and psychosocial care as a core component of palliative care; resources about the psychosocial aspects of palliative care  for patients and carers, available in multiple languages
    • Collating information from SIG members regarding their current clinical practice, educational and research activity, relating to the psychosocial aspects of palliative care
    • Facilitating research collaborations in topics relating to the psychosocial dimensions of palliative care
    • Considering the development of position statements and resource-stratified guidelines relating to psychosocial care as a core component of palliative care

    Please complete a simple form by October 15 to register your interest by going to https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/palliativecaresig

    I hope we’ll have our first Zoom meeting in within the next two months.  Hope to see you then .

    Best wishes,

    Gary Rodin
    Chair, IPOS Palliative Care Special interest Group (SIG)


  • 31 Aug 2020 1:36 PM | John Chagnon (Administrator)
    • The 2020 IPOS Members meeting has been scheduled for November 4, 2020 at 8 a.m. EDT (New York/Toronto). Verify your time zone by going to https://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/converter.html.

      This year, the AGM will be held via Zoom. Access information will be included in registrant confirmation.

      Advance copy of the meeting materials will be emailed to all registrants closer to the date of the AGM. They will include: 

    • Annual Meeting Agenda
    • 2019 Annual Meeting Minutes
    • 2019 Financial Report
    • 2019 Membership Report

    This is not an election year as the board was approved last year for a two-year term. For information on your current board of directors, please go to https://ipos-society.org/about/board

    Please note that only current members of IPOS can register/participate. We need a quorum of at least 124 voting members (either in person or by proxy) in order to proceed. Of our members, only individuals holding an “Active” or “Early Career” membership can vote.

    REGISTRATION OPTIONS:

    To review the IPOS Constitution, please go to https://ipos-society.org/about/organization

  • 17 Aug 2020 11:00 AM | John Chagnon (Administrator)

    Facilitated byHelena Lewis-Smith and the members of the IPOS ECPP committee.

    100 attendees maximum. FREE FOR IPOS MEMBERS AND NON-MEMBERS.
    Advance registration required.

    Not only has COVID-19 affected our personal lives, but it has also presented challenges for our professional lives. Many early career professionals are facing difficulties at work and experiencing anxiety about the future. This is the first of a two-session webinar and will serve as an informal peer support opportunity for early career psycho-oncology clinicians and researchers, where we can share our concerns and offer support to one another. The second session will involve presentations from senior clinicians and researchers in the field offering guidance on how to navigate our work and careers in light of the COVID-19 epidemic and its impacts. This will be advertised in the near future.

    Given that challenges may be different for early career clinicians and researchers, we have organised two different LIVE sessions for each group:

    Please note access information will be included with your registration confirmation. 

    It was obviously difficult to schedule these sessions across different time zones. However, we will be recording the sessions to access at a later date. We look forward to seeing as many as you there as possible!

  • 14 Aug 2020 1:41 PM | John Chagnon (Administrator)

    Webinar We don't suffer alone: the social context of fear of cancer recurrence

    Date Tuesday, September 22, 2020 (+1 day for Australia/NZ)
    Time 3:30 p.m. PST (convert to your local time)

    Duration: 60 minutes

    Speakers:

    The FORwards Webinar Series aims to bring together the international community of researchers and clinicians interested in fear of cancer recurrence, to provide cutting-edge updates on brand-spanking new research, and to spark conversations and collaborative projects across the globe.

    This webinar will be of interest to both clinicians and researchers who want to better understand and manage FCR in people living with cancer and their loved ones.

    Attendance is free, but registration is required 

    Register online by going to https://stanford.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_fJYJlMZ1SVafsNMCfNh-OA

    This webinar is sponsored by the International Psycho-Oncology Society (IPOS) special interest group on fear of cancer recurrence (FORwards)

  • 13 Aug 2020 2:42 PM | John Chagnon (Administrator)

    Edited by Maggie Watson and David W. Kissane

    Paperback | 9780190934033 March 2020 | 192 pages £16.09 | $24.50

    • Discusses sexuality, intimacy, and fertility in the contexts of cancer treatment and survivorship
    • Includes clinical cases to demonstrate direct application of treatment methods
    • Toolkit format enables quick reference during everyday clinical practice

    This book provides clinical management guidelines for the impact of cancer and oncology treatments on sexual health, fertility and relationships. Employing a practical toolkit format, this volume addresses a spectrum of key topics including: provision of onco-fertility and sexual health support, LGBTQ+ issues, support for adolescents and young people, effective psychoeducational/psycho-sexual interventions, and managing relationships for individuals and couples.

    Order online at www.oup.com/academic and enter AMPROMD9 to save 30% with code AMPROMD9* Paperback | 9780190934033

  • 10 Aug 2020 3:36 PM | John Chagnon (Administrator)


    FORwards Webinars

    We are thrilled to announce the launch of the Fear of Recurrence Webinar Series. This new Zoom-based webinar series aims to bring together our international community of FORwards researchers and clinicians, to provide cutting-edge updates on brand-spanking new research on fear of cancer recurrence, and to spark new conversations and collaborative projects across the globe. Watch your inboxes for details of the first webinar in the series, which will be hosted next month.

    FORwards research opportunity – call for student/postdoc to lead

    FORwards intends to support a research project to develop and publish a paper on the ‘Core Outcome Domains and Measures for Fear of Cancer Recurrence/Progression Studies and Clinical Trials.’ The paper will follow a similar structure as this influential paper published in the field of pediatric pain. We are looking for a postdoc or a student researcher to lead this project – PIs please contact [email protected] if your postdoc/student is interested.

    New online FCR research hub

    The Psycho-Oncology Co-operative Research Group (PoCoG) in Australia have launched an online FCR resource hub (https://www.pocog.org.au/content.aspx?pagetype=public&page=fcrhub&version=1&search=*) to make it easier for people to access the ConquerFear intervention materials and research involving members of the ConquerFear team.

    Call for ECR opportunities

    FORwards is committed to supporting our Early Career Researchers (ECRs). Do you know of an upcoming postdoc position or ECR funding opportunity? If so, please send all announcements to [email protected] so that we can compile these and disseminate to our ECR community.

    FCR Research

    FORwards members have been hard at work publishing new papers on fear of cancer recurrence and progression over the last few months. Below is a selection of new papers from our SIG members. If you would like to include an update in the Autumn newsletter, or know a student or colleague who would like to join this SIG, please reach out to Lauren Heathcote (FORwards Secretary) at [email protected].  Thank you all for the phenomenal work that you do to support people living with and beyond cancer.


  • 7 Aug 2020 9:25 AM | John Chagnon (Administrator)

    Since the 22nd IPOS World Conference was delayed until 2021, the Journal of Psychosocial Oncology Research & Practice – the Official IPOS Journal - published the CAPO 2020 Conference Abstracts. All accepted abstracts from the CAPO 2020 Conference Program are included and FREE to access! The publication is now available by going to https://journals.lww.com/jporp/toc/2020/07001

    Also note, ANYONE around the World can now purchase the COMPLETE CAPO Conference recordings (watch at your own leisure and time zone!). This year's conference was a hybrid of LIVE and pre-recorded presentations. The LIVE sessions were recorded and are now available for purchase for anyone that did not register. The recordings include:

    • 20-minute oral presentations
    • Symposiums
    • 90-minute workshops
    • Pre-recorded 10-minute oral presentations
    • E-posters with pre-recorded presentations

    As a bonus, all of our pre-conference workshops were recorded and are also included with this package.

    • Regular Member:$225 CDN
    • Non-Member:$350 CDN
    • Student Member:$125 CDN
    • Student Non-Member:$150 CDN
    • Patient Advocate Member:$125 CDN
    • Patient Advocate Non-Member:$150 CDN

    To purchase, please go to https://capo.wildapricot.org/event-3935919


  • 4 Aug 2020 10:56 AM | John Chagnon (Administrator)

    Introduction to Theory and Practice (IPODE) and Sexual Health in Cancer Part 1 (IPODE) Online Courses


    For a decade now, de Souza Institute has been offering continuing professional development courses to healthcare professionals, to enhance their knowledge and competency and give them tools to provide the best possible cancer and/or palliative care. With online course offerings, participants can start at any time, from anywhere! Join over 16,000 healthcare professionals who have learned with de Souza.

    IPOS Members receive 10% off until August 24th on the below courses with coupon code. Please email the IPOS office to request the coupon code.

    Interprofessional Psychosocial Oncology Part 1: Introduction to Theory and Practice (IPODE) - Psychosocial Oncology is a specialty area of cancer care that is concerned with the myriad of psychological, emotional, social and spiritual responses of persons affected by cancer. This web-based continuing education course provides an opportunity for practicing health professionals to explore common psychosocial issues that individuals and families experience when an adult family member is diagnosed with cancer. Primary emphases in the course include understanding the illness experience and assessing distress and coping from a family centered perspective. Enroll by August 17th , course starts on August 17th and ends on December 7, 2020.

    Visit the Interprofessional Psychosocial Oncology Part 1: Introduction to Theory and Practice (IPODE) for additional details, including online classroom dates

    Sexual Health in Cancer Part 1 (IPODE) - Sexual concerns are one of the most common cancer survivorship issues, yet they are the least likely to be discussed. Learn skills in assessment and counseling for common sexual health issues in cancer care. Enroll by August 19, course starts on September 3.

    Visit the Sexual Health in Cancer course webpage for additional details, including online classroom dates.

    Both courses are offered in collaboration with the Canadian Association of Psychosocial Oncology.

    Find out more by going to https://mailchi.mp/ipos-society/ipos-xchange-feb112020-1500986?e=9b35f09fec

  • 30 Jul 2020 11:50 AM | John Chagnon (Administrator)

    The update below has been kindly provided by:

    Dr. habil. Dégi L. Csaba PhD MSW
    IPOS Director · ECCO Director · UBB-BBTE Ombudsman ·
    APSCO President · IASLC · CNASR Comisia de Cercetare


  • 28 Jul 2020 2:14 PM | John Chagnon (Administrator)



    My name is Anna Ugalde and I am a senior research fellow at Deakin University in Melbourne, Australia. My role is focused on research, with the program including studies on understanding the experiences of people with cancer and their caregivers, intervention studies, health services research and evaluation of models of care or support services. These studies use a range of methodologies, both qualitative and quantitative, and we do a few systematic reviews as well. My background is in psychology and I am early/mid career stage. My PhD developed an instrument for cancer caregivers, and more recently I have become interested in implementation science. In 2018 I attended the Training Institute for Dissemination and Implementation Research in Cancer course, run by National Cancer Institute, which included a series of online modules and a quick trip to Washington DC. I highly recommend the course – I feel implementation remains a key challenge in psycho-oncology and after the training I have been able to apply implementation science principles to a range of studies. This includes co-authoring a paper on a primer for implementation science in psycho-oncology in the new IPOS journal: Journal of Psychosocial Oncology Research and Practice (Rankin et al., 2019) and also a systematic review exploring the implementation potential of cancer caregiving interventions, finding they are generally not designed or conducted to promote implementation (Ugalde et al., 2019, Psycho-Oncology). I love working in research, it is always busy, diverse and interesting! Being a member of IPOS represents an opportunity to be in touch with colleagues from around the world.


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