This week seven Norwegian
delegates from PRC attended an introductory CALM workshop. The two days digital
event was led by Prof. Gary Rodin and Dr. Sarah Hales. Over 60 attendees from
all over the world participated; Canada, Malaysia, Netherland, Taiwan, USA, UK,
Thailand and Norway. Professor Rodin being a long-term collaborator in the PRC
started the workshop with a presentation on the CALM approach. CALM (Managing
Cancer and Living Meaningfully) is a psychotherapeutic approach to early
palliative care. The content of CALM is organized into four interrelated
domains (see figure below).
The approach was further illustrated and discussed using cases. Research
shows that CALM is a promising psychotherapy to alleviate depression and death
anxiety and increasing the sense of meaning and purpose in life in patients
with advanced cancer. PRC participants found the approach applicable in
Norwegian settings as well.
Read more about CALM here.