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Date: Jan 6, 2018
Time: 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Online bookings are not available for this class, please see registration info below.

Janine Genovese, LCSW, OSW-C

Prerequisite: Introduction to Oncology Massage (or equivalent)
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This course will focus on the psychosocial issues and stressors that individuals with cancer commonly face, and will include a comprehensive discussion of what it means to be living with cancer. The causes, signs and symptoms of each issue will be discussed, as well as appropriate treatment options. There will also be a discussion of what a social worker does and the role of social work in oncology.

The goal of this class is to teach massage therapists to identify and recognize these issues in their clients and to develop an awareness of the psychosocial, emotional, social, spiritual and financial impact that cancer has on individuals. Therapists will learn how to empathize with their clients and support them in a compassionate way as they begin to cope with these issues. Therapists will also learn about the importance of boundaries and how to sustain a healthy work-life balance. Burnout prevention will be discussed, and therapists can begin to explore their own burnout prevention plans.

Awareness of these issues will help therapists gain a better understanding of what clients with cancer are going through, and what is normal or to be expected, versus high levels of distress that may require further intervention from a mental health professional. Available resources and agencies or organizations for assistance and support will be provided.

IMG_5425Janine Genovese, LCSW, OSW-C is a Senior Social Worker at the NYU Laura and Isaac Perlmutter Cancer Center. She works with cancer patients and their families and caregivers providing emotional support and counseling as they experience life with cancer. She assists patients with the psychological, social, emotional and spiritual issues that people with cancer are faced with. She also facilitates weekly support groups for patients living with lung cancer. She has been in the field of medical social work for 6 years with a focus in palliative and end of life care [PELC]. She obtained her masters degree in Social Work (MSW) and a Post Master’s certificate in Palliative and End of Life Care from New York University’s Silver school of Social Work. She received her undergraduate Bachelor’s degree from the University of Scranton in Counseling and Human Services, with a minor in Psychology and a concentration in Human Development.

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