Monday 21st December 2015
Mac Voice, the magazine for Macmillan professionals: Winter 2015
If you would like to extend your skills in supporting patients psychologically and emotionally, there are a number of routes to explore.
Macmillan training courses
Macmillan runs a rolling programme of training events. Examples of recent courses include:
- advanced communication skills
- breaking bad news
- emotional well-being
- motivational interviewing
- supporting and working with bereaved children.
Visit learnzone.org.uk or contact your local Macmillan Learning and Development Manager.
Macmillan training grants
Macmillan training grants are available for individuals or groups.
The grant could be used to set up a local training event. For example, within South Wales, psychologists have used this grant to set up a two-day workshop presented by an expert in the area of solution-focused practice.
Participants from a range of disciplines rated this as extremely useful for their own clinical practice. Similar workshops with an external trainer could be set up in topics such as brief cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) or solution-focused practice. Or you could organise a local training workshop for your team and other relevant attendees, for example clinical nurse specialists and allied health professionals. With Macmillan’s approval, such group training can be open to non-Macmillan professionals.
Your area may have a local clinical psychologist who could deliver such training or help with identifying skilled external trainers.
Visit grants.learnzone.org.uk or contact your local Macmillan Learning and Development Manager.
Approach your local clinical psychologist to discuss whether they may be available to offer clinical consultation or supervision either singly or to a group or team of professionals.
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Continue reading Sharing Good Practice
Part 1: Psychological support - Dr Anne Johnson, Macmillan Consultant Clinical Psychologist, Velindre Cancer Centre.
Part 2: Evidence base - Janice Rees, Macmillan Consultant Clinical Psychologist, Cardiff and Vale University Health Board.
Part 3: Acceptance and Commitment Therapy - Dr Claire Delduca, Macmillan Clinical Psychologist, Velindre NHS Trust.
Part 4: Helping parents with cancer support their children - Dr Claire Delduca, Macmillan Clinical Psychologist, Velindre NHS Trust.
Part 5: How a clinical psychologist can support shared decision-making - Dr Rachel Criddle, Macmillan Clinical Psychologist, Cwm Taf University Health Board.
Part 6: Psychological supervision for staff - Dr Rachel Criddle, Macmillan Clinical Psychologist, Cwm Taf University Health Board.
Part 7: Extend your psychological support skills - Resources and training for professionals.