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Meaning-Centered Group Psychotherapy for Patients with Advanced Cancer


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Introduction: Treatment Overview for Therapists a. General Guidelines b. How to Use the Manual 1. Session 1. Concepts & Sources of Meaning: Introductions & Meaning 2. Session 2. Cancer & Meaning: Identity before & after cancer diagnosis 3. Session 3. Historical Sources of Meaning: Life as Legacy that has been given [past] 4. Session 4. Historical Sources of Meaning: Life as Legacy that one lives [present] & gives [future] 5. Session 5. Attitudinal Sources of Meaning: Encountering Life's Limitations 6. Session 6. Creative Sources of Meaning : Creativity, Courage & Responsibility 7. Session 7. Experiential Sources of Meaning: Connecting with Life 8. Session 8. Transitions: Reflection & Hopes for Future References Handouts Exercises Homework

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WB: Chair, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences; Chief, Psychiatry Service, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center; SP: Psychologist, City of Hope National Medical Center


Few would argue with the importance of helping patients sustain a sense of meaning, particularly in the last months of life as they confront death... Well, that's what these little treatment manuals are all about. A carefully developed and structured 8-week psychotherapeutic intervention, for individuals or groups, shown to be of benefit in randomized clinical trials... I was impressed by the potential value of these interventions. In the palliative care setting they could be facilitated by experienced nurses, social workers, counsellors, and pastoral care workers as well as physicians. * IAHPC News *

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