These Emotional Support webinars are designed to help members stay positive and comfortable while they navigate their cancer journey. Included are some of Wellspring’s Be Well Talks on topics such as hope and joy, mindfulness, managing fear and uncertainty, and even music.
Dr. Claire Edmonds, PhD, RP, offers an exploration of hope and how to kindle it in difficult times through stories and strategies. The title Hope, with or without feathers, is inspired by poet Emily Dickinson and aims to reflect the delicate but enduring nature of hope.
Music therapist Catherine Manning, RP, MTA, BMT, BA reflects on history, science and her own experiences as she discusses “How music can support our path of wellness” by facilitating healing, expression and connection with others throughout the cancer journey.
Psychotherapist and mindfulness instructor Mihaela Dirlea, MSW, RSW, discusses what joy is, the neuroscience behind joy and five practices to cultivate joy in life.
Social worker Rebecca Barrett, MSW, RSW, leads this talk about the benefits of using imagery on physical and psychological health, and the ways visualization can help a person tap into their experiences and emotions to support themselves through the cancer experience.
Registered clinical psychologist and researcher Dr. Sheila N. Garland, PhD, RPsych, draws on the psychology of sleep as she explains why sleep is important and shares some strategies for overcoming the disruption cancer or a cancer diagnosis can cause to sleep.
Dr. Rob Rutledge, MD, speaks about the fear of cancer recurrence, one of the most common struggles after a cancer diagnosis, and offers tips for harnessing anxiety and maintaining physical and psychological health in the face of cancer-related fears.
Clinical health psychologist and psychology professor Dr. Sophie Lebel speaks about the fear of cancer recurrence, its prevalence in patients and caregivers, and the different levels it can reach, including in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic. She then provides ideas for managing the fear of recurrence.
Researcher and presenter Dr. Gillian Mandich, PhD, employs her knowledge of the science of happiness in this talk about how people can shift their thinking and cultivate happiness in their everyday lives.
Family physician and mindfulness therapy facilitator Dr. Alison Kelford, MD, MHsc, CCFP, FCFP, introduces the topic of mindfulness and some practices for being mindful during the cancer journey.
This talk highlights how cancer patients and survivors can make lifestyle changes to maintain their motivation as they adapt to the short- and long-term impacts of cancer.
Psychotherapist and Wellspring program facilitator Dr. Claire Edmonds, PhD, RP, draws on her own experiences with cancer as she addresses the importance of understanding oneself and finding emotional robustness in the face of the physical, emotional and social side effects of cancer.
Dr. Kristin Maich, MA, PhD, a clinical psychologist and insomnia researcher, covers the causes of insomnia and sleep problems for cancer patients and provides recommendations for how to manage them.
Eileen Beltzer, SCC, BA, MSW, RSW, author and senior faculty member at the Centre for Mindfulness Studies in Toronto, provides an overview on mindful self-compassion and provides some basic practices and techniques.