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: Once enrolled, please know it is not required to continue on to certification. 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.
Training involves the student engaged in and working the program alongside our patients population. You will be responsible for following 1or 2 couples throughout the week. This level is for those seeking SCC certification and those looking just for simply more education in the field.
Training involves private, group and experiential work in which you will have opportunity to work in the areas of Belief, Imagery, Stress and Secondary Gains and Inner Wisdom. The firat part of your week will not be with our client population - you will instead work with other interns. The second half of your week you will engage in a patient session and follow 2 clients.
Training involves completion of your third patient session week with engagement that will show your level of profiency with these concepts. You will be required to follow 2-3 couples.
2. 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.
3. 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.
If interested, please call for further information : 800 459 3424 or 818 879 7904
Speak to the Director of your country's training program regarding questions and attendance.
Note: Depending on the country in which you apply there may be changes in format, but material is standardized. The Simonton Cancer Center also offers periodic weekend seminars worldwide. SESSION COSTS IN SANTA BARBARA, CA First rotation : 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)