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Trauma Informed Cancer Care: Fostering Wellness & Post-Traumatic Growth

Allison DeCamillis, ATR, LPCC and Dennis Hannon, PsyD, LP

Event Location:
MHS Education Center
6600 France Avenue S
Suite 250
Edina, MN 55435


Registration will close after the first 45 seats fill.

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 better understand cancer care through the lens of trauma. Attendees will learn how to evaluate trauma, identify signs and symptoms of trauma in someone living with cancer, and how those reactions shift throughout stages of a chronic illness. Additionally, presenters will offer thoughts on ways to build posttraumatic growth, resiliency, and wellness through experiential and metaphorical tools to offer clients, and how to connect patients to resources to further build those skills. Finally, attendees will learn to identify signs of vicarious trauma in their own work with cancer patients and how to implement a self-care plan to reduce symptoms of compassion fatigue.

About the Presenters:

Allison DeCamillis, MS, ATR, LPCC
Alli is the Program Director at Gilda’s Club Twin Cities, a cancer support community. As an art therapist and clinical counselor, Ali has specialized the last 18 years in working with older adults with memory-related disorders, palliative care, end-of-life, grief and loss, as well as children, teens & adults living with cancer.  Ali is also an adjunct faculty member for the art therapy department at Adler Graduate School in Minneapolis.

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.


5:30PM- Sign-in
6PM- Program begins
7:30PM- Program concludes/sign-out


1.5 CEs Approved by the Following:

MN Board of Social Work CEP-452
MN Board of Psychology Log Number: 201803.186
MN Board of Behavioral Health & Therapy (LPC & LPCC) Log Number: 2018.CE.077
MN Board of Behavioral Health & Therapy (LADC) Log Number: 2018.CE.ADC.020
MN Board of Marriage & Family Therapy Log Number: 2018-087
MN Board of Nursing- This activity has been designed to meet the Minnesota Board of Nursing continuing education requirements. However, the nurse is responsible for determining whether this activity meets the requirements for acceptable continuing education.

Learning Objectives:

1.) Learn about the components of integrated wellness and how mental health is affected by the trauma of a cancer diagnosis and treatment

2.) Learn about common trauma reactions when living with chronic illness and cancer

3.) Learn to assess trauma reactions and safety concerns in clients with cancer, and how to foster post-traumatic growth in those clients on an individual level and with referrals

4.) Learn to recognize the signs of vicarious trauma in their own clinical practice and implement a reflective wellness approach