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Navigation Training - Session on Client Communication

Smith Center’s innovative Integrative Oncology Patient Navigation Training offers the country’s only comprehensive learning experience in the practice of integrative cancer care navigation.

For 10 years, Smith Center offered our immersive in-person Integrative Patient Navigation Training to lay navigators, patient advocates and oncology professionals throughout the country. We are excited to share that in response to a need for our training to be more accessible, we have taken time to reimagine the course and are in the process of converting it to a self-paced online curriculum.

This online professional training program is designed for health care professionals and complementary/integrative health practitioners to learn how to successfully navigate cancer patients/clients through the challenges of cancer by using an integrative cancer care approach. This program provides in-depth education about integrative oncology and current complementary cancer therapies, how to review evidence for these therapies, body mechanisms targeted by various integrative approaches, and how to craft integrative care plans for patients. Learners will identify resources for offering a deeper level of support and learn how to assist patients/clients in gaining access to these resources.

Stay tuned for further details.

If you would like to be notified when registration for our new online training is available, please sign up for our email list and select “Patient Navigation Training Interest” from the list. Or you can email erin@smithcenter.org to be added to the list.

Thank you to the sponsors who have generously provided funding to help us redesign our training: The Scheidel Foundation, The Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation and The Gwendolyn and Morris Cafritz Foundation.

Who Should Attend?

The training is open to both new and experienced navigators and is particularly useful to health professionals who would like to expand their skills and services to include whole-person and comprehensive navigation support. Our past trainees serve diverse populations and come from a variety of backgrounds:

  • Oncology Care Providers (physicians, nurses, counselors, and social workers)
  • Integrative Practitioners
  • Health Coaches
  • Patient Advocates
  • Lay Navigators

Why You Should Attend

  • Our course prepares navigators to confidently share their knowledge of evidence-based complementary therapies with their patients and equips our trainees with resources, tools, and skills to help patients better cope with their illness.
  • Over 40 continuing education credits are offered to nurses, social workers, and other select professionals.
  • Our training enhances ACOS-accredited hospital cancer programs’ ability to meet the Commission on Cancer’s Patient-Centered Standards.
  • Trainees come away with a greater awareness of self-care practices and their usefulness for serving patients and preventing burnout.
  • Each trainee receives educational resources and information to establish their integrative navigation practice.
  • Trainees have access to renowned, expert faculty in the field of integrative cancer care and professional navigators offering cutting-edge, whole-person care.

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