Training Programs for Health Care Professionals and Coaches
The Simonton Cancer Center offers an internationally acclaimed training program in cancer counseling based on the unique approach developed by Dr. O. Carl Simonton. This innovative training program offers an in-depth, personal, hands-on experience in counseling patients with cancer, conducting support groups or sessions, as well as effectively resolving crises encountered by patients and their support persons. The Simonton Cancer Center is an international organization using the agreed upon international counseling standards for cancer patients. The Simonton Cancer Center is also the only international certifying body for the SCC certification of counselors for cancer patients.
The Simonton Method in its current, most evolved form, may be described as a comprehensive cognitive-behavioral self-help therapy for patients with cancer and their support persons. This approach is comprehensive because it directly addresses all spheres of human existence: emotional, cognitive, behavioral, social and spiritual integrated in an internally consistent program. The therapeutic interventions are based on modern learning theory as well as ancient teachings. These include individual, group, family and social counseling as well as education in self-help skills that patients and their support persons may use to effectively resolve problems in all areas of their lives. The training experience is very enriching for therapists of different orientations and can easily be applied in counseling of any group of people facing problems of life threatening proportions. *Please note: It is not required to continue on to certify. Many therapists and other health care professionals attend the Initial Programming in Level 1, simply because they wish to add 'more tools to their toolbox'.
This training program is currently offered in Santa Barbara (California), Japan, Italy, the Netherlands and Germany. It is organized around five-day residential patient sessions under the leadership of certified teaching and supervising therapists.
PLEASE CALL: 1 800 459 3424 for more information
THREE CERTIFICATION LEVELS:
I - Counseling Therapist Level - requiring successful completion of three patient sessions. During the second and third sessions the trainee is responsible for 1 and 2 patients respectively under supervision. After certification, the intern may be asked to continue.
II - Supervising Therapist Level - for those who are already certified as counseling therapists with the additional requirement of successful completion of three patient sessions as a supervisor.
III - Teaching Therapist Level - for those who are already certified as supervising therapists with the additional requirement of successful completion of two patient sessions as a teaching therapist.
The Simonton Cancer Center also offers periodic weekend seminars worldwide. Note: Depending on the country in which you apply there may be changes in format, but all material is standardized
Speak to the Director of your country's training program regarding questions and attendance.
SESSION COSTS IN SANTA BARBARA, CA Training and supervision: $2,350 Meals & lodging: $900 (private room/private bath) Total: $3,250 (Deposit at sign up $600.00, balance due at check- in)