Janet deGroot


Psychiatrist and Professor in Psychiatry and Oncology at the Cumming School of Medicine and Tom Baker Cancer Centre

Janet de Groot is a psychiatrist and Professor in Psychiatry and Oncology at the Cumming School of Medicine and Tom Baker Cancer Centre. She is the co-principal investigator of the CALM implementation project. Her clinical and scholarly interests are in supportive-expressive psychotherapy, and diversity. Carly Sears, Clinical Research coordinator for the CALM implementation project, works with the TBCC Psychosocial Oncology Division since 2016 as coordinator of several psychosocial oncology projects. She obtained her 2017 psychology undergraduate degree at the University of Calgary. Carly is interested in the development, implementation and assessment of psychosocial interventions. Melissa Wilde BSW, MSW, RSW is a Social Worker with the AHS Southwest Alberta Palliative Care Program. She completed her University of Calgary Master of Social Work with a Specialization in Clinical Practice in 2011. Her clinical work is in oncology and palliative care. She provides CALM informed therapy. Dr. Feldstain is an adjunct Assistant Professor with the Division of Psychosocial Oncology, Cumming School of Medicine, University of Calgary. Her clinical work focuses mainly on supporting patients, and their loved ones. She has published in palliative care, supporting those with advanced cancer and/or complex psychosocial.

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CALM counselling is an evidence-based psychotherapeutic intervention for individuals with advanced cancer, designed to reduce depression and enhance preparation for end of life. Implementation of CALM counselling within the context of established Southern Alberta psychosocial and palliative care programming will be discussed. A review of interim study findings will offer insight into patient experiences with CALM, pathways of referral to CALM, and clinician perceptions of the intervention and referral process.

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