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Training

The practicum at the Simms/Mann–UCLA Center for Integrative Oncology is an advanced clinical training opportunity for students in the fields of psychology to obtain interdisciplinary training in the clinical care of patients with cancer and their family members. Students will learn about the biological aspects of cancer, develop an understanding of the psychosocial impact on adult patients and family members throughout the developmental and cancer trajectory – from diagnosis to survivorship or end of life, and appropriately learn to function in the role of mental health professionals in a medical setting.

Specific skills learned include consultation in multidisciplinary medical clinics, patient advocacy and access to tangible resources, individual and group therapy using evidence based modalities such as CBT, ACT, Mindfulness, and exposure to interventions in multiple disciplines such as psychology, social work, psychiatry, spiritual care and integrative medicine.

Training consists of weekly didactic teachings, bimonthly case conferences, lectures, attendance in medical clinics, and individual and group supervision. Practicum students will receive this training in an outpatient facility, the Simms/Mann — UCLA Center for Integrative Oncology in the 200 Medical Plaza Building Suite 502, and also in various oncology clinics within the Medical Center in Westwood, in Santa Monica and possibly in other UCLA Hematology/Oncology community practices.

The practicum at the Simms/Mann-UCLA Center for Integrative Oncology is an advanced training opportunity for students in the fields of psychology and social work to obtain interdisciplinary training in the clinical care of patients with cancer and their family members. Students will learn about the biological aspects of cancer, develop an understanding of the psychosocial impact on adult patients and family members throughout the developmental and cancer trajectory – from diagnosis to survivorship or end of life, and appropriately learn to function in the role of mental health professionals in a medical setting.

Interns have a designated intern office at the Center with multiple computer and phone stations. Students also have access to clinicians’ offices and the Center conference room for individual sessions. Additional laptop computers designated for intern use are also available.

Supervision

All practicum students receive weekly individual supervision and group didactic training from Dr. Elizabeth Cleary, Dr. Valentina Ogaryan, and Dr. Kauser Ahmed. In addition, practicum students will receive group supervision, didactic training and direct observation from Lorelei Bonet LCSW, as well as supplemental supervision and training from other licensed oncology social workers on staff. All practicum students are required to attend weekly training meetings and clinic case conferences on Monday mornings from 9:00-11:30 am. Practicum students are also required to attend and assist at three Insights Into Cancer Lectures, which are held on the second Tuesday of each month from 6:00-9:00pm at the Ronald Reagan Hospital.

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