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Systemic Work in Cancer and Palliative Care Settings

Friday 7th July 2017 at BPS Offices, Tabernacle Street, London

This SIGOPAC workshop led by Dr Jenny Altschuler and Dr Lucy Grant focuses on using systemic ideas and practices in oncology and palliative care. Systemic ideas have a great deal to offer work in these settings, most obviously work supporting families and multi-disciplinary teams, but also work with individuals.

The workshop will begin by presenting an overview of an integrative approach to systemic practice, drawing on concepts and techniques from across the systemic tradition, that are particularly applicable to work in healthcare, chronic illness and palliative care. We’ll then apply these ideas to specific challenges in oncology and palliative care, with a particular focus upon relationships across the lifespan, working cross-culturally and the personal resonance of this work. The morning will finish with a session on using systemic techniques when working with individuals and families.

In the afternoon the workshop will focus on using systemic approaches to inform training and supervision. Lucy Grant will present an overview of her work on developing and implementing a training package for specialist nurses to support parents with cancer. Jenny Altschuler will present the systemic approach to supervision. The workshop will then be more participant led, applying systemic ideas to particular examples and scenarios brought up by attendees.

Jenny Altschuler is a clinical psychologist and systemic psychotherapist who has written, taught and practised extensively in the field of systemic work in chronic illness and palliative care over the last 25 years.

Lucy Grant is a Consultant Clinical Psychologist at Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust.

Learning outcomes and objectives

  • Knowledge of key systemic concepts and practices relevant to working with families and systems in oncology and palliative care settings
  • Understanding of how context, identify and experience, including trauma, influence the behaviour of people and systems in healthcare settings
  • The ability to apply knowledge and understanding of core systemic principles to multi-disciplinary team issues in oncology and palliative care
  • The ability to apply knowledge and understanding of core systemic principles to work with individuals and their families in oncology and palliative care
  • Self-assessment of skill and competence in systemic approaches in palliative care and oncology and understanding of how these can be developed in future

Please note, this event will be credit/debit card payment only at the time of booking, in certain circumstances we may be able to accept bookings with invoice requests. If you have any queries please contact us via the event hotline on 01332 224508.

Registration fees can be found on the booking form. If you have any queries please contact us via the event hotline on 01332 224506.


Friday 7th July 2017

09:30Registration and refreshments
10:00Workshop Starts
16:00Workshop Concludes

Speakers and Facilitators

Dr Jenny Altschuler

Jenny Altshchuler has over thirty years of experience of offering family, couple and individual psychotherapy, supervision, consultation and teaching as part of the NHS as well as privately.
She works in a systemic way, in the context of each client’s couple, family or organizational relationship.
For much of her professional life, she was employed at the Tavistock Clinic as a clinical psychologist specializing in family therapy, particularly for those facing illness, disability and death.

Jenny has contributed to various clinical advisory boards and written extensively on family-related issues such as migration, cross-cultural work, trauma and illness in scholarly journals as reflected in the following three books:
* Working with Chronic illness: A family Approach (Macmillan, 1997)
* Counselling and Psychotherapy for Families in Times of Illness and Death (Palgrave, 2012).
* Migration, Illness & Healthcare (Palgrave, 2016)


BPS Offices, Tabernacle Street, London

The British Psychological Society, 30 Tabernacle Street, London, EC2A 4UE

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