The Cancer Center at CHOP launched a webinar series in 2013 called First Steps Toward Healing. This series will cover topics such as post-traumatic stress disorder, coping, siblings, community resources, medical late effects and more. A recording of each webinar will be published here for those who weren't able to attend live, or for those who want to watch again. This series is sponsored in part by the Arms Wide Open Childhood Cancer Foundation.
The loss of a child introduces complicated and painful challenges for all grieving families. Parents with more than one child must now cope with their own grief, while remaining present for the siblings of the deceased child, who experience the loss of their brother or sister in their own, different way. In this webinar, art therapist and licensed professional counselor, Jennifer Lemisch discusses the fears and worries of children who have lost a sibling, and offers guidance to parents in this situation.
Being a parent to adolescents and young adults is difficult. Add childhood cancer to the equation, and the job becomes even harder. But armed with the right knowledge and tools, any mom, dad or caregiver can help his or her child navigate this uncertain time. In this webinar, psychologist Lisa Schwartz, PhD, discusses how to promote positive adjustment, while also addressing challenges facing teens with cancer.
Psychologist Meghan Marsac discusses coping strategies for families facing childhood cancer. Among the tools discussed is the Cellie Cancer Coping Kit, a research-based, cancer-specific coping tool developed by Dr. Marsac.
Social workers Dana Dombrowski and Susan Pultman discusses the resources available to families facing a cancer diagnosis. There are many people and places at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and other cancer treatment centers, and in the community and online, that families can turn to for help managing the financial, emotional, and family stressors that come along with a childhood cancer diagnosis.
Psychologist Lynne Kaplan and child life specialist Sarah Pajak discussed the experience of siblings of a childhood cancer patient. The focus of this webinar was on rate of post-traumatic stress symptoms in siblings, and coping strategies that parents can use to reduce these symptoms in their healthy children.
Dr. Lamia Barakat discusses the ways childhood cancer affects the child, parents and siblings, focusing on the experience of post-traumatic stress symptoms and post-traumatic growth — the perceived benefits that come out of the experience of childhood cancer. This was the first event in the First Steps Toward Healing webinar series, developed by the Cancer Center at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.
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