Partners in Survival Jan. 30 workshop for men supporting women with cancer

Partners in Survival Jan. 30 workshop for men supporting women with cancer

Is there a woman in your life who has cancer? Could you use some guidance in supporting her? Would you like to improve your communication skills in your relationship?

This new workshop will promote understanding and communication between loved ones by teaching men how to successfully communicate and support the women they love who have - or have had - cancer. Men are invited to bring the partner they are supporting.

Workshop leaders include Karen Weihs, MD, director, Psychosocial Services at the Arizona Cancer Center; Mark Gilbert, MD, associate director, Arizona Cancer Center; and social workers from the Arizona Cancer Center Psychosocial Program.

Workshop Components:

  • To start the morning, the men and women will meet independently with Drs. Gilbert and Weihs respectively. In these initial meetings, each group will establish an understanding of the emotional and instrumental needs that they have in communicating with their partners around issues relating to cancer, and the challenges therein. Each group will explore how to best turn these challenges into therapeutic opportunities for more loving, supportive care.
  • In the second component of the morning, couples will have the opportunity on their own to practice the ways to provide support addressed in the first component.
  • Finally, all attendees will come together to share their learning and create new ideas for the future. This workshop provides a wonderful opportunity to improve skills, strengthen bonds and to be present for one another.

When: Saturday, January 30, 2010, 8:30-11:30 am (light breakfast served)

Where: Arizona Cancer Center at UMC North, 3838 N Campbell Ave, Room 1290, Tucson, AZ 85719 (free parking)

RSVP: Contact Lynn at 694-0845 or e-mail lbarwick@umcaz.edu by Jan. 22, 2010.