Coping with serious illness - an educational training weekend for health professionals

‘The Soul of Serious Illness' is the theme of two weekend workshops for health professionals working with people with life-threatening or life-changing illness.

‘The Soul of Serious Illness' is the theme of two weekend workshops for health professionals working with people with life-threatening or life-changing illness.  Following the success of the first course, the second - "Giving Helplessness no Chance" - will be held at the Institute of Psychosynthesis in London, who are sponsoring the event, over the weekend of 29 June - 1 July.

These are the first psycho-education/psychooncology training programmes for counsellors, psychotherapists, doctors, nurses and care workers in the field of serious illness, including cancer and AIDS, in the UK.  The course is under the direction of the renowned psychotherapist, Dr Kristina Brode, supported by project leader Irene Brankin.  The aim of the weekend is to help patients with their search for meaning in the encounter with the life-threatening diagnosis and the period of treatment which follows.

Health professionals will be helped to have greater understanding of the patient's psychological response to the whole experience. The course will teach interventions designed to facilitate the patient's movement from fear, to acceptance and eventually peace.

Dr Brode did her PhD in the field of cancer.  For the past 18 years she has been head of the Circadian Institute for Applied Psychosynthesis, a training centre near Cologne.  Further information about the weekend course can be found through contacting Irene.brankin14@virgin.net.

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