Jointly organized by the Department
of Clinical Psychology, Queen Mary Hospital,
the Clinical Health Psychology Program of the Department of
The University of Hong Kong.
Supported by a grant from the Cancer Centre, Queen Mary Hospital
(1) By completing the course,
frontline staff serving cancer patients would become better
equipped with update scientific knowledge on psychosocial
assessment and care of cancer patients during all phases of
(2) The course aims to
provide an impetus for the build-up of an essential mass of
health care professionals skilled in psychosocial interventions
to foster a caring and holistic treatment culture for our
(3) Through interactive
workshops, lectures, case presentations and discussions, and
clinical attachment with experienced psychologists, participants
will gain first hand clinical exposure, develop skills and
flair in managing the psychological and emotional condition
of cancer patients to complement their physical care. At the
end of the course, participants are also expected to be successful
in developing confidence in broad areas of psychological assessments
and effective psychotherapeutic skills for use in routine
ward and clinical work with cancer patients.
- Doctors, registered nurses, occupational
therapists, physiotherapists, medical social workers and
other suitably qualified health care professionals are welcomed.
- Priority will be given to: (a) participants
currently providing cancer care services; (b) endorsement
from departmental supervisors; (c) colleagues working in
the Hong Kong West Cluster, Hospital Authority.
- Class size is limited to a maximum
number of 25.
Structure/Format of the Training
The course involves the following modules:
Teaching - ten
workshops will cover the following topics: foundations
of psycho-oncology, basic assessment and therapeutic skills,
foundations of psychological assessments and intervention,
psychological adjustment to having cancer and facing treatment,
common psychological and psychiatric manifestations in
cancer patients, breaking bad news, therapeutic communication,
enhancing patients' coping during all phases of the cancer
experience, positive psychology in cancer patient care,
basic cognitive behavioural therapy, supportive psychotherapy,
crisis intervention, group treatment, stress management
for families, handling difficult patients and families,
suicide risk assessment and prevention, palliative care,
bereavement and loss, care for carers, stress management
for service providers, and community resources for patients
and families. These workshops will take place on Tuesdays
from 4 - 7 p.m. Workshop dates are March 6, 13, 20,
27; April 3, 17, 24; and May 8, 15 and 22, 2007.
Case Rounds - participants
are expected to attend and actively participate in the
case rounds of the Department of Clinical Psychology for
case discussions and sharing on case formulations and
intervention strategies. Participants will be divided
into small groups and attend four case rounds from
April to November 2007. The rounds are normally held on
Wednesdays from 4 pm to 6:30 pm.
Attachment - participants would be attached to
clinical psychologists at work and participate actively
in assessment, case formulation, treatment planning and
psychological interventions with patients. Participants
will be divided into small groups and attend four attachment
sessions from April to November 2007. The attachment
sessions are normally held on Tuesdays from 2 to 5 pm
or Wednesdays from 9 am to 12 noon.
Practicum - participants have to record one clinical
interview with a patient and present their work in class
or clinical case rounds. Supervision will be provided
by the clinical psychologists leading the group. The presentations
will be scheduled on Sep 4, 11, 18, 25; Oct 2, 9, 16,
23, & 30, 2007. Participants are expected to attend
all the sessions.
|| Group Project
- In groups of about five people, participants would work
on a specific clinical area of their interest relevant
to their work with cancer patients with help from a supervisor.
The project will be presented in class near the end of
the course. The presentations will be scheduled on Nov
6 and 13, 2007.
|| Clinical Practicum
- performance will be graded on the basis of the
quality of the interview and presentation.
||Group Project - the
quality of the project and presentation will be
- participants will sit for a written examination
consisting of short answer questions in which their
overall understanding and ability to integrate what
they have learnt in the course will be assessed.
The examination is scheduled on Dec 4, 2007.
||Viva - participants'
clinical skills will be assessed with write-up case
scenarios where participants would need to present
their views on the clinical problems, areas to be
assessed, psychological formulations, and strategies
for providing effective psychosocial care. The viva
is scheduled on Dec11 and 18, 2007.
Course Duration, Dates and Venue
- The course will commence on 6 March 2007
and will last until December 2007.
- The venue will be at 2/F, Cancer Centre,
Queen Mary Hospital.
Time schedule of the modules in 2007:
Tue 4-7 pm
|Clinical Case Round
Wed 4-6:30 pm
Tue 2-5 pm or Wed 9am-12n
The teaching staff consists of 4 clinical
psychologists (Professor Peter Lee, Dr. Amy Fung, Ms. Lina
Wu, and Ms. Damaris Hung) from the Department of Clinical
Psychology, Queen Mary Hospital, and the Clinical Health Psychology
Program of the Department of Psychiatry, the University of
Hong Kong. Guest teachers with relevant clinical expertise
and experiences will be invited as appropriate.
Participants who have completed all modules
of the training, fulfilled the course requirements with a
minimum attendance of 80% of the Clinical Teaching and Presentations,
and successfully pass the examination will be awarded a certificate
granted by the Department of Clinical Psychology, Queen Mary
Hospital and the Clinical Health Psychology Program of the
Department of Psychiatry, the University of Hong Kong.
The certificate course is subsidized and sponsored
by the Cancer Centre, Queen Mary Hospital. The participant
needs to pay a fee of $5,000 upon successful application.
The completed application form (word
pdf) should be sent to:
The Department of Clinical Psychology, J301,
Queen Mary Hospital, 102, Pokfulam Road, Hong Kong
By fax: 2855-3730
Deadline of Application: 22 December 2006
Note: In the event of over-subscription,
applicants may be asked to attend a selection interview. Successful
applicants will be notified individually through email at
least two weeks before the course commencement date.
Please call Ms Cheung or Ms Hung at 2855-3051,
or email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Note: The organizers reserve the right
to change the dates, content and format of the course as required,
without advance notice.