The Supporting People Affected by Cancer Training Prospectus is aimed at those who support individuals who have been affected by cancer. This support can be informal or formal.
The courses are provided free to self-help and support groups, front line support staff, Macmillan partnership groups and volunteers. Individuals who attend should be in a role whether paid or unpaid that directly supports those that have been affected by cancer. The courses are delivered by Macmillan approved trainers.
Please find below details of the course planned for 2018 and further details below on the content of each.
In order to apply for a place please complete the booking form attached.
All courses run from 10am – 4pm with the exception of Sage and Thyme which is a 3 hour course either am or pm. For queries relating to the programme please contact myself.
|Course||Dates for 2018||Location|
|Sage and Thyme (am)||25 January||Community Room, Tesco, 170 Newtownbreda Road, Newtownbreda|
|Cancer and its Treatments||8 February||Antrim Civic Centre, 50 Stiles Way, Antrim|
|Listening and Responding||15 February||Antrim Civic Centre, 50 Stiles Way, Antrim|
|Loss and Bereavement||22 February||Antrim Civic Centre, 50 Stiles Way, Antrim|
|Emotional Resilience and Wellbeing||1 March||Antrim Civic Centre, 50 Stiles Way, Antrim|
|Cancer and its Treatments||12 April||Trinity Community Initiatives, Trinity Methodist Church & Community Venue, Ballymacoss Avenue, Knockmore Road, Lisburn|
|Sage and Thyme (pm)||18 April||Antrim Civic Centre, 50 Stiles Way, Antrim|
|Listening and Responding||19 April||Trinity Community Initiatives, Trinity Methodist Church & Community Venue, Ballymacoss Avenue, Knockmore Road, Lisburn|
|Loss and Bereavement||26 April||Trinity Community Initiatives, Trinity Methodist Church & Community Venue, Ballymacoss Avenue, Knockmore Road, Lisburn|
Cancer and its Treatments
On this course you will learn about cancer through from early detection to different treatments.
- To increase understanding of the biological nature of cancer.
- Highlight the need for raising cancer awareness and early detection.
- Increase the understanding of staging and investigations for the detection and diagnosis of cancer.
- Develop understanding of cancer treatments and complementary therapies.
Listening and RespondingOn this course you will learn how to effectively listen and respond when supporting somebody affected by cancer.
- Develop your listening and responding skills in a supportive environment.
- Identify the differences between listening and other helping strategies such as providing information and advice.
- Use existing listening skills and practice listening attentively.
- Develop appropriate and constructive ways of responding to people.
Sage and Thyme
SAGE & THYME is a mnemonic which guides you in and out of a conversation with someone who is distressed or concerned. It provides structure to psychological support by encouraging the health worker or volunteer to hold back with advice and prompting the concerned person to consider their own solutions. It places published research evidence about effective communication skills within a memorable structure. The day will consist of presentations, discussions, and work in groups. For further information on Sage and Thyme visit www.sageandthymetraining.org.uk
- Recognise psychological distress
- Avoid causing psychological harm
- Communicate honestly and compassionately
- Know when they have reached the boundary of their competence.
Supporting others through loss and bereavement
On this course you will increase your understanding of how people experience loss and bereavement so as to support you in your role.
- Understand the range of losses people experience throughout their lives.
- Understand some of the difficulties experienced by people affected by cancer around body image and sexuality.
- Recognise the issues for people when somebody close to them dies.
- Be aware of the impact that religious/childhood beliefs (if any) may have upon their supportive role.
- Identify the stages of grieving.
- Find ways to get support and encouragement when dealing with bereaved people.
Emotional resilience and wellbeing
On this course you will develop emotional resilience and wellbeing skills which will support you in your role and everyday life.
- Develop your knowledge of stress, mental wellbeing and emotional resilience.
- Identify the unconscious processes that result from stress.
- Understand your own resiliency strengths.
- Develop strategies and techniques for reducing stress, building personal resilience and improving emotional wellbeing.