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Supporting Your Clients with Cancer

  • September 19, 2022
  • 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
  • Presented on Zoom


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Upcoming KAPA ZOOM CE event

Supporting Your Clients 

with Cancer 

Denise M. Stillman, PhD

Licensed Clinical Psychologist

Cancer Support Community East Tennessee


Debra J. Sullivan, PhD

Licensed Clinical Psychologist

Cancer Support Community East Tennessee


Comprehensive cancer care includes caring for the whole person including their psychological and social health. Symptoms of distress are common along the cancer care continuum from cancer diagnosis to onset of treatment through recovery and towards end-of-life. Drs Denise Stillman and Debra Sullivan will highlight psychological symptoms to watch for in clients who are undergoing or recovering from cancer treatments. They will provide evidence-based practices that are helpful in treating psychological distress drawing upon literature from Cognitive-Behavioral therapies and from Meaning-Centered Psychotherapy for cancer patients.

Learning Objectives:   

At the conclusion of this program, participants will be able to:

  1. Describe 2 or more sources of meaning according to Meaning-Centered Psychotherapy for cancer patients
  2. Identify at least 3 cognitive behavioral interventions that help improve quality of life when living with or through cancer treatments

  3. Name at least 3 symptoms of depression that may be unreliable indicators of depression during cancer treatments

Target Audience:

This program is open to all KAPA members and other interested mental health professionals who are not members. The content of this presentation is appropriate for mental health professionals educated at the graduate level in psychology, psychiatry, or other mental health related disciplines, as well as graduate students in a mental health related discipline.

Instructional Level:

The material will be appropriate to intermediate levels of practice and knowledge.

Continuing Education:

This program - when attended in its entirety - is available for 1.5 Type I continuing education credits. With full attendance and completion of a Program Evaluation and Learning Assessment, a certificate will be issued. Partial credit will not be awarded. Participant's attendance will be verified via their Zoom login name and sign in/sign off time. Please assure that you are identifiable by your Zoom login name.

American Psychological Association Approval Statement:

The Knoxville Area Psychological Association (KAPA) is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for Psychologists. KAPA maintains responsibility for this program and its content. 

There is no commercial support for this program, nor are there any relationships between the CE Sponsor, presenting organization, program content, research, grants, or other funding sources that could reasonably be construed as conflicts of interest. During the program, the validity/utility of the content and risk/limitations of there approaches discussed will be addressed.

Registration Fees and Policies:

If you are a member of KAPA, then this program is free of charge. If you are not a member of KAPA and you do not want CE credit, then this program is free of charge. Non-members wanting CE credits will be charged $20.

Speaker Information:

Dr. Denise Stillman earned her PhD in Clinical Psychology at Vanderbilt University with a postdoctoral fellowship in Behavioral Medicine at Dartmouth Medical School. She has worked in psycho-oncology, off and on, for 30 years -initially at major university-affiliated medical centers in Nebraska and New Hampshire, and then in a private practice setting in Knoxville. She joined Cancer Support Community of East Tennessee as a part-time Program Associate in 2016. At CSCET she provides direct clinical service to those impacted by cancer, including facilitating a weekly support group. She also works part-time in an outpatient private practice in Knoxville and as part-time clinical faculty in the Department of Psychology at University of Tennessee Knoxville.

Dr. Debra Sullivan is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist who received her Master’s and Doctoral degrees from The Catholic University of America, where her focus was on resilience, the positive capacity of people to cope with stress and adversity. Dr. Sullivan has served as the Program Director of the Cancer Support Community – East TN for over 20 years. In her role she provides direct clinical service to those impacted by cancer including facilitating weekly support groups, supervises all clinical staff and oversees all educational and support service delivery. Dr. Sullivan has participated in many oncology focused trainings throughout the years including an NCI funded training in Meaning Centered Psychotherapy for Cancer Patients through Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.

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