An Introduction to Meaning-Centered Psychotherapy In the Oncology and Palliative Care Setting

Educational Objectives

By the end of this course attendees will be:

  • Familiar with the importance of meaning, as a component of spiritual well-being, and its relationship to depression, hopelessness and desire for death
  • Familiar with a structured, didactic and experiential 7 – 8 session intervention for cancer patients aimed at sustaining or enhancing a sense of meaning in the face of advanced illness.
  • Introduced to novel adaptations of MCP for cancer survivors, cancer caregivers, and for bereavement.


This course is designed for all psychosocial care providers working in cancer or palliative care settings. Social workers, psychologists, psychiatrists, mental health trainees, as well as oncologists, oncology nurses, palliative care practitioners of all disciplines will find it beneficial.


Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center designates this educational activity for a maximum of 7.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Additional Information

See brochure for full course details.

Date & Time(s)


Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
Rockefeller Research Laboratories
430 East 67th Street
Between First and York Avenues
New York, NY 10065


For more information, contact
646-227-2653; 646-227-2025 (Phone)
212-557-0773 (Fax)


Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center


Allison Applebaum, PhD
Assistant Attending Psychologist, Psychiatry Service

William Breitbart, MD
Attending Psychiatrist,
Chair, Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences
Attending Psychiatrist
Palliative Medicine Service
Division of Survivorship & Supportive Care
Department of Medicine

Wendy Lichtenthal, PhD
Assistant Attending Psychologist
Psychiatry Service



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