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 your cancer, your 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 based on need. Occasional evening programs are provided throughout the week.
The day's schedule is similar to a normal work day- 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m - with a long lunch period to rest or seek individual appointments- our time together will end at 1:00 p.m. on Friday
PLEASE NOTE CHANGE IN LOCATION FOR 2019/2020: 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, our programs will be held at the Brandeis Bardin campus in Simi Valley, CA and at Serra retreat Center in Malibu , CA for 2019. These campus's 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. You share accommodations with your support person and your room includes a private bath.
*NEW* Due to interest but lack of available local retreat centers in the area, we have added 2-4 day private sessions that take place in the Los Angles area. The format and subject matter remain the same, however a 2 day program would focus specifically on areas the participant needs immediate help - such as preparing for events such as chemotherapy or surgery that will be happen in the very near future. Private sessions are held with 1-2 staff members and are for 1 couple or a single individual. Sessions are held in Malibu, CA. Room and Board is not included. For more information, please call 800 459 3424 or 818 879 7904.
ENROLLMENT If you feel that either of these programs 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, andThe Healing Journeyby Simonton & Henson and 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 if to determine if the program will be of help to you.