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Emotional Support for Patients in Cancer Care: Fostering Wellness and Resiliency by Dennis Hannon, PsyD, LP

Dennis Hannon, PsyD, LP

January 22, 2019

8:30 am - 11:30 am

Event Location:
MHS Education Center
6600 France Ave S
Suite 230
Edina, MN 55435

Order By Phone: (920) 494-3401 or (800) 895-0071
Registration will close after the first 45 seats fill.


3.0 CEs Approved by the Following:
MN Board of Social Work: CEP-452
MN Board of Behavioral Health and Therapy (LADC) Log Number: 2018.CE.ADC.096
MN Board of Behavioral Health and Therapy (LPC/LPCC) Log Number: 2018.CE.253
MN Board of Psychology Log Number: 201910.363

Program description:

Any form of a cancer diagnosis, whether stage 1 or 4, will bring some form of a stress reaction. This training will assist nurses, social workers, counselors and other oncology care providers to more effectively attend to their patients’ mental health needs while simultaneously caring for their physical health. Attendees will learn how to identify signs and symptoms of mental health concerns in someone living with cancer, as well as learn how those stress reactions shift throughout stages of a chronic illness. Offering methods to build resiliency and wellness through experiential and metaphorical tools for clients and how to connect patients to mental health resources to further build coping skills. Finally, attendees will learn to identify signs of compassion fatigue in their own work with patients and how to implement a self-care plan to reduce symptoms of vicarious trauma.

Dennis Hannon, PsyD, LP


Dennis is a licensed psychologist at MHS and received his doctorate in clinical psychology from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. Dennis has extensive experience working with adults and adolescents with severe and persistent mental and physical illnesses across levels of care spanning from inpatient units to outpatient individual therapy. At MHS, Dennis has a few roles, including acting as a group and individual therapist in the Thrive for Cancer program, as well as the Program Coordinator for the Vision of Wellness program for adults living with psychotic disorders. He also teaches as an adjunct faculty member in the Master of Clinical Psychology department at Argosy University Twin Cities. Dennis’s favorite aspect about working in this field is the opportunity to help empower clients through identifying their own resiliency, and then support them in creating a life they want to be present in by utilizing their strengths and resources.


- 1.5 hours presentation
- 10 minute break 
- 1 hour presentation
- 20 minute Q&A

Learning objectives:
  1. The components of integrated wellness and how mental health is affected by a cancer diagnosis and treatment
  2. Common stress reactions when living with chronic illness and cancer
  3. Assess stress reactions and safety concerns in clients with cancer, and how to foster resiliency and wellness in those clients on an individual level and with referrals
  4. Recognize the signs of compassion fatigue in their own clinical practice and implement a reflective wellness approach

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