Sunday Brunch Series - The Immediate Long Term Psychological Consequences of Breast Cancer and Its Implications for Effective Psychotherapeutic Engagement with Patients and Survivors

  • 03 Apr 2011
  • 11:00 AM - 1:30 PM
  • Hosted by Pat Bowes, M.S. Location will be e-mailed to registrants.
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The Immediate and Long Term Psychological Consequences of Breast Cancer and the Implications for Effective Psychotherapeutic Engagement with Breast Cancer Patients and Survivors

Presenter - Linda L. Guerra, Ph.D.

This presentation will explore the immediate and long-term psychological consequences of receiving a breast cancer diagnosis and undergoing treatment for it. The influence of medical, socio-political, emotional and environmental factors will be considered in an attempt to increase understanding of how these may be contributing to various levels of trauma experienced by the patient. Research findings will be reviewed, and the breast cancer experience will be discussed utilizing concepts from classical, object relations and relational psychoanalytic theory. Implications for working with these patients in psychotherapy will be addressed.

Learning Objectives

  1. Participants will increase their knowledge of the physical, cognitive and psychological aspects of a breast cancer diagnosis and the ensuing medical treatment.
  2. Participants will learn new ways to think about how to conduct psychotherapy with breast cancer patients and survivors.

Linda Guerra, Ph.D. is a psychologist and psychoanalyst who has been in private practice for over 25 years. She maintains offices in both center city Philadelphia and in Bala Cynwyd, PA.  She is also a breast cancer survivor, and has always had an interest in the psychology of loss and in the reciprocal influence of the mental and the physical, i.e. the mind/body connection.  Dr. Guerra is a past president of the Philadelphia Society of Psychoanalytic Psychology, and a recent graduate of the New Directions Writing Program of the Washington Center For Psychoanalysis in Washington DC.  Her current research interests include midlife issues, breast cancer and traumatic loss.

11:00 A.M. to 11:30 A.M.  Brunch

11:30 A.M. to 1:30 P.M.    Presentation and Discussion

Hosted by Pat Bowes, M.S. Location will be e-mailed to registrants.

CE Credits

To obtain CE credits, you must register for a brunch program. CE credits are free to PSPP members. Non-members must pay $40 per program to receive CE credits.

Registration is open to PSPP members and other interested mental health professionals, school employees, or scholars from related fields that are not members.

1.  The target audience of this program is psychologists and other interested mental health professionals, school employees, or scholars from related fields.  The instructional level of the activity is intermediate.

2.  This program, when attended in its entirety, is available for two continuing educational credits.  Division 39 is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists.  Division 39 maintains responsibility for this program and its content.  

3.  Division 39 is committed to accessibility and non-discrimination in its continuing education activities.  Division 39 is also committed to conducting all activities in conformity with the American Psychological Association's Ethical Principles for Psychologists.  Participants are asked to be aware of the need for privacy and confidentiality throughout the program.  If program content becomes stressful, participants are encouraged to process these feelings during discussion periods.  If participants have special needs, we will attempt to accommodate them.  Please address questions, concerns, and any complaints to Jim Bleiberg, Psy.D., Chair of the PSPP Sunday Brunch Continuing Education Series, (610) 416-4806.

Please understand that PSPP members generously host the Sunday Brunch Series in their homes. This intimate setting requires that we limit the number of participants. When all seats are reserved and registration is closed, if you would like to be placed on a waiting list, contact Jim Bleiberg, Psy.D. Chair of the PSPP Sunday Brunch Continuing Education Series at jimblei@comcast.net or (610) 416-4806. He will keep track of your place on the waiting list and if a space becomes available due to a cancellation, he will notify you immediately.

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