Meaning-Centered Psychotherapy Training for Cancer Care Providers


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Meaning-Centered Psychotherapy Training for Cancer Care Providers


Many people with cancer use counseling or other resources to help them cope with the emotional burden of the disease. Counseling can help them cope by giving them a place to express their feelings. Meaning-centered psychotherapy (MCP) is an approach that aims to teach patients how to maintain or increase a sense of meaning and purpose in their lives, despite cancer.

Researchers at Memorial Sloan Kettering are training cancer care providers in the principles, techniques, and applications of MCP. Trainees will learn to skillfully provide this counseling to people with cancer in their own clinical settings. Participants will complete knowledge assessments before training and for up to a year after training. They will also be asked how they implement MCP in their practices.


This study is open to clinicians who provide psycho-oncology and/or psychosocial palliative care services for people with cancer. Participants must be able to come to Memorial Sloan Kettering for a two-day intensive MCP training and agree to complete post-training assessments and activities.

For more information about this study, please contact Dr. William Breitbart at 646-888-0200.





Disease Status

Newly Diagnosed & Relapsed/Refractory



DuHamel, Katherine, PhD