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Ellen Craine

Counseling, Consulting and Training

Navigation Assistance Through Your Social Work Ethical Dilemmas

Loss and Grief Associated with Childhood
Cancer Diagnosis and Treatment



Workshop Description

This workshop reviews what loss and grief are and addresses their relevance from the time of diagnosis, regardless of prognosis. In addition, it discusses statistics and different types of childhood cancer. A brief overview of complementary therapies for cancer treatment is presented. Based on the literature and Ellen’s personal experience of having a child diagnosed with cancer, this seminar identifies the different emotions associated with loss and grief related to this experience. It also offers tips and tools to navigate the difficult journey of having a child with cancer.

(For professionals this piece is added: Utilizing the NASW Code of Ethics and Social Work standards for palliative care and work in health care settings, case examples from the presenter and participants are discussed.)