Psychotherapy Day 2018 Featuring Dr. Gary Rodin


Living Dangerously: Psychotherapy in the Last year of Life


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Program Schedule 

No one is untouched by death and end of life issues whether among patients, family members of our patients, relatives or ourselves.

Dr. Gary Rodin will outline the theoretical and clinical framework for the evidence-based CALM (Managing Cancer and Living Meaningfully) psychological intervention co-developed with Dr. Sarah Hales for individuals with advanced cancer and their caregivers. Subsequently, Dr. Rodin will show video-taped clinical material from CALM sessions to illustrate implementation. The model incorporates attachment, relational, and existential theories to address concerns among those with advanced cancer and other advanced medical illnesses. Within three to six sessions, the clinician addresses the practical and the profound, in relation to symptoms and communication with treatment team, changes in the self and relationships with others, meaning and purpose; hope and mortality. Dr. Rodin's presentation will heighten awareness and increase clinician’s skill in communicating about end-of-life issues.

9:00am - Registration

9:45 am:  Introduction of Dr. Rodin

10:00am: CALM Theoretical and Clinical Framework followed by Q & A

12:15pm: Lunch

1:15pm: Video-tape of CALM session and discussion

2:45pm: Nutrition break

3:00pm Video-tapes of CALM session and discussion


  1. Describe four domains of concern among those with terminal illness
  2. Identify communication strategies to address mortality concerns
  3. Provide evidence for the use of the CALM intervention


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Date: February 2, 2018

Hotel Alma
169 University Gate NW
Blue Room
Calgary, Alberta
T2N 1N4
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