The SCC New Patient Program is based on the successful model for emotional intervention and support which Dr. Simonton pioneered in the treatment of cancer patients.
It evolved from the concept that beliefs, emotions, attitudes, stress and lifestyles are important factors influencing health.
When illness occurs, these factors also influence one's response to medical treatment and help to determine the effectiveness of the treatment as well as the level of confidence in your medical team.
The format is a 5 1/2 day educational and psycho-therapeutic session for cancer patients and their support person, where using a modified cognitive-based approach, as well as other modalities, these concepts are explored in a safe and supportive environment conducive to learning and positive change.
In these program you will discover and learn tools and techniques to:
Enhance your physical and mental health
Manage symptoms associated with pain and fear
Be more effective in your communication with loved ones and your medical team
Develop healthier beliefs about cancer, treatments and your future
Create a 2 year Health Plan
Resolve emotional distress
Use the power of the mind and the imagination to assist in your healing
Integrate matters of life and death
Use your inner wisdom to strengthen your hope and determination
Address spiritual issues
The work consists of a format that includes lectures, small group work and individual sessions.
The day's schedule is similar to a normal work day - 9:00 a.m. to 5:45 p.m - with a long lunch period to rest or seek individual appointments. Our time together will end at 11:30 a.m. on Friday, April 3rd.
PLEASE NOTE CHANGE IN LOCATION FOR 2020/2021: Due to the devastating mudslides that impacted our beautiful La Casa de Maria Conference Center in Santa Barbara, and the fires that destroyed our primary office in Malibu, many of our programs will be held at the Brandeis Bardin campus in Simi Valley, CA and at Serra Retreat and Conference Center in Malibu. We also hold smaller sessions and conduct private work in Agoura Hills.
These campuses are similar to La Casa de Maria in that they are both in quiet, rural areas, very close to necessary amenities, including medical care. Surrounding areas are scenic with many trails and hills for your enjoyment. Dietary issues are usually easily dealt with and will be discussed with you on enrollment. If your retreat is not in the Agoura Hills area you will share accommodations with your support person. Your room includes a private bath.
If attending a program in Agoura Hills, there is a reduced cost and we do not provide room and board, although lunch is included. If you are enrolling in a program held in Agoura Hills, we will assist with finding nearby accommodations.
*NEW* Due to interest but lack of available local retreat centers to accommodate demand, we have added private 1or 2 day patient sessions that take place in the Los Angeles area.
A 1 or 2 day program would focus specifically on areas the participant needs immediate help. (Examples might be preparing for events such as chemotherapy or surgery or dealing with fear/depression that is interfering with day to day life.) These private sessions are held with 1-2 staff members and are for one couple or a single individual. Room and Board is not included. For more information, please call 800 459 3424 or 818 879 7904.
ENROLLMENT If you feel that a program would be beneficial to you, your family, or someone you know, please explore our website to learn more. Also, you may contact our Admissions Coordinator (1-800-459-3424) who will provide you with more detailed information and assistance with arrangements. You may also click here to visit our page of Frequently Asked Questions.
*Those who are interested in participating in the program should first order the Patient Package. The Patient Package is required for all participants and health care professionals attending a program.
The Patient Package contains the books Getting Well Again by Simonton, Simonton and Creighton, amdThe Healing Journeyby Simonton & Henson. It also includes 3 audio cd's.
We ask that you begin the relaxation/mental imagery and self-help processes described in the books and on the cd's. This will also assist in your understanding of the philosophy around the work and to determine if the program will be of help to you.