Training for integrative health care providers, offered through the Survivor Institute.
If you work with bodies affected by cancer, this series is designed for you.
There will always be an individual in the room who needs cancer-specific treatment.
The knowledge presented in this series can make the difference between making safe and unsafe clinical decisions regarding how to work on your clients.
BIOS: Bodywork and Integrative Oncology Series
4-class virtual education series for bodywork providers in the field of integrative oncology.
Presented by Benjamin Smith, hosted by the Survivor Institute at Survivor Wellness
This virtual educational program was created in order to provide access to affordable oncology-specific bodywork training for providers working in the field of integrative health care.
This series consists of 4 live webinars, with each one covering basic principles of integrative oncology, over the course of four months. Each 90-minute module, presented by Benjamin Smith, highlights a certain aspect of working with and through the body in the integrative oncology field. Each module builds on the previous one, while introducing new material, and consists of 40-60 minutes of informative content, followed by interactive learning activities to improve clinical decision-making skills. This series is open to any professional bodyworker or trainee who either currently works with or who is interested in working with the cancer survivor community (see Prerequisites, below).
From Benjamin Smith: “In each of the four 90-minute live webinars we will discuss how bodywork can support people living with cancer, address common myths and misconceptions while developing foundational understanding of the effects of cancer and cancer treatment on the body, specifically the soft tissues, bones, blood, and nervous system. We will discuss how bodywork can help support people dealing with pain, anxiety, depression, fatigue, and nausea related to treatment, and what level of modifications are needed to achieve these benefits, while maximizing safety for the individual receiving massage. Our time will be spent in a combination of lecture, with reflective exercises, case studies, and have ample time for Q&A and application.”
- Recordings of the teaching part of each webinar will be available to participants within three days. (To maintain participant confidentiality, Q & A and teaching/experiential portions will not be recorded.)
- Participants are strongly recommended to join or view each session prior to joining the subsequent one.
Presenter Bio: Benjamin Smith, LMT, is a massage therapist and bodywork educator who specializes in oncology massage, chronic pain, and integrative healthcare. Since graduating from Healing Mountain Massage School in 2014, his career has taken him from community clinics, to physical therapy settings, to hospital settings, providing care to people living with complex and chronic health conditions, primarily Cancer. He is an active member of the Academic Consortium of Integrative Health and Medicine (ACIHM), the Society for Integrative Oncology (SIO), and the Society for Oncology Massage (S4OM) as well as serving on the Utah State Board of Massage Therapy. He is also an NCBTMB Approved Provider for continuing education, with classes including oncology massage, integrative rehabilitation, and integrative Thai Massage.
Since 1997, Survivor Wellness has provided the cancer survivor community - any individual diagnosed with cancer, at any point during their life, as well as those immediately surrounding that individual - with access to free and reduced-rate supportive cancer care and community in a home-like setting. Learn more here.
The Survivor Institute is the education, training and small-business development program at Survivor Wellness, supporting cancer care providers. It is also a dependable clinical referral source for those affected by cancer. Learn more here.
REGISTRATION: Register and pay via Eventbrite here.
COST: $80* for all four sessions. (Scholarships available to those demonstrating financial need. Contact Survivor Wellness to apply.)
Please note: proceeds from this series supports cancer care services at Survivor Wellness. Additional donations are welcome, and may be made at the time of registration, or anytime during the series. Thank you, from the cancer survivor community.
DATES: Sept. 9, Pct. 7, Nov. 11, Dec. 2, 2023 (Saturdays)
TIME: 10-11:30am MST
All meetings held via Zoom. (Zoom link provided in advance of each module. Link to recording provided within 72 hours of each module. Recordings available for 6 months from the date of the module.)
PREREQUISITES: Participants must have completed a professional bodywork training program, or demonstrate a) clinical/practical experience in working through the body and b) strong interest in enhancing their skills for working with oncology patients. Contact program administrators if there are questions in regard to qualifications.
Minimum: 5 participants / Maximum: 25 participants
*Additional fee of $7.21 for payment processing via Eventbrite applies. Thank you for your understanding.
Cancellation/refund policy: No refund; all registered participants will receive recordings.