With Jennifer Bires, LICSW and Cheryl Hughes, LICSW, OSW-C

You don’t need to be fearless to live fearlessly!  Designed for those who have finished treatment or are living with chronic cancer, this 8-week experiential seminar will build the skills that make it possible to move beyond treatment (even if you’re still in treatment) towards a rich, full, rewarding life.  Please call for more information.

Please call 202.483.8600 or email programs@smithcenter.org for more information and to register for this 8-week seminar that takes place on Wednesday evenings from March 6th – April 24th. Participants are expected to attend all 8 sessions. Online Registration is not available for this program.

About Jennifer Bires

Jennifer is a rising star in the psycho-oncology field. She has almost a decade of experience as an oncology social worker, most recently at George Washington University in DC where she helped create the cancer support program. During her tenure at GWU she created a number of deep and impactful programs for families, young adults and patients and helped to ensure program success by defining and tracking outcomes. Jennifer received the 2017 Oncology Social Worker of The Year Award from the Association of Oncology Social Workers. She has intimate knowledge of the DC cancer survivorship landscape and deep appreciation for Smith Center’s unique art and healing approach to this important work.

About Cheryl Hughes

Cheryl Ann Hughes, LICSW creates a safe and supportive environment from which individuals can define their goals, as well as the means by which they can be achieved. Cheryl tailors each treatment plan using a variety of modalities including EMDR, strengths-based and solution-focused techniques, and with recognition of– and a deep respect for — the strong connection between mind and body. Cheryl infuses her work with mindfulness-based techniques to assist her clients in recognizing their own ability to create a reality that will lead to a satisfying and fulfilling life. Cheryl received her master’s degree in social work, with an emphasis on clinical and medical social work, from Catholic University. She works with cancer patients and their families as they deal with the increased stressors caused by cancer and its treatment.

With Jennifer Bires, LICSW and Cheryl Hughes, LICSW, OSW-C

You don’t need to be fearless to live fearlessly!  Designed for those who have finished treatment or are living with chronic cancer, this 8-week experiential seminar will build the skills that make it possible to move beyond treatment (even if you’re still in treatment) towards a rich, full, rewarding life.  Please call for more information.

Please call 202.483.8600 or email programs@smithcenter.org for more information and to register for this 8-week seminar that takes place on Wednesday evenings from March 6th – April 24th. Participants are expected to attend all 8 sessions. Online Registration is not available for this program.

About Jennifer Bires

Jennifer is a rising star in the psycho-oncology field. She has almost a decade of experience as an oncology social worker, most recently at George Washington University in DC where she helped create the cancer support program. During her tenure at GWU she created a number of deep and impactful programs for families, young adults and patients and helped to ensure program success by defining and tracking outcomes. Jennifer received the 2017 Oncology Social Worker of The Year Award from the Association of Oncology Social Workers. She has intimate knowledge of the DC cancer survivorship landscape and deep appreciation for Smith Center’s unique art and healing approach to this important work.

About Cheryl Hughes

Cheryl Ann Hughes, LICSW creates a safe and supportive environment from which individuals can define their goals, as well as the means by which they can be achieved. Cheryl tailors each treatment plan using a variety of modalities including EMDR, strengths-based and solution-focused techniques, and with recognition of– and a deep respect for — the strong connection between mind and body. Cheryl infuses her work with mindfulness-based techniques to assist her clients in recognizing their own ability to create a reality that will lead to a satisfying and fulfilling life. Cheryl received her master’s degree in social work, with an emphasis on clinical and medical social work, from Catholic University. She works with cancer patients and their families as they deal with the increased stressors caused by cancer and its treatment.

With Jennifer Bires, LICSW and Cheryl Hughes, LICSW, OSW-C

You don’t need to be fearless to live fearlessly!  Designed for those who have finished treatment or are living with chronic cancer, this 8-week experiential seminar will build the skills that make it possible to move beyond treatment (even if you’re still in treatment) towards a rich, full, rewarding life.  Please call for more information.

Please call 202.483.8600 or email programs@smithcenter.org for more information and to register for this 8-week seminar that takes place on Wednesday evenings from March 6th – April 24th. Participants are expected to attend all 8 sessions. Online Registration is not available for this program.

About Jennifer Bires

Jennifer is a rising star in the psycho-oncology field. She has almost a decade of experience as an oncology social worker, most recently at George Washington University in DC where she helped create the cancer support program. During her tenure at GWU she created a number of deep and impactful programs for families, young adults and patients and helped to ensure program success by defining and tracking outcomes. Jennifer received the 2017 Oncology Social Worker of The Year Award from the Association of Oncology Social Workers. She has intimate knowledge of the DC cancer survivorship landscape and deep appreciation for Smith Center’s unique art and healing approach to this important work.

About Cheryl Hughes

Cheryl Ann Hughes, LICSW creates a safe and supportive environment from which individuals can define their goals, as well as the means by which they can be achieved. Cheryl tailors each treatment plan using a variety of modalities including EMDR, strengths-based and solution-focused techniques, and with recognition of– and a deep respect for — the strong connection between mind and body. Cheryl infuses her work with mindfulness-based techniques to assist her clients in recognizing their own ability to create a reality that will lead to a satisfying and fulfilling life. Cheryl received her master’s degree in social work, with an emphasis on clinical and medical social work, from Catholic University. She works with cancer patients and their families as they deal with the increased stressors caused by cancer and its treatment.

With Jennifer Bires, LICSW and Cheryl Hughes, LICSW, OSW-C

You don’t need to be fearless to live fearlessly!  Designed for those who have finished treatment or are living with chronic cancer, this 8-week experiential seminar will build the skills that make it possible to move beyond treatment (even if you’re still in treatment) towards a rich, full, rewarding life.  Please call for more information.

Please call 202.483.8600 or email programs@smithcenter.org for more information and to register for this 8-week seminar that takes place on Wednesday evenings from March 6th – April 24th. Participants are expected to attend all 8 sessions. Online Registration is not available for this program.

About Jennifer Bires

Jennifer is a rising star in the psycho-oncology field. She has almost a decade of experience as an oncology social worker, most recently at George Washington University in DC where she helped create the cancer support program. During her tenure at GWU she created a number of deep and impactful programs for families, young adults and patients and helped to ensure program success by defining and tracking outcomes. Jennifer received the 2017 Oncology Social Worker of The Year Award from the Association of Oncology Social Workers. She has intimate knowledge of the DC cancer survivorship landscape and deep appreciation for Smith Center’s unique art and healing approach to this important work.

About Cheryl Hughes

Cheryl Ann Hughes, LICSW creates a safe and supportive environment from which individuals can define their goals, as well as the means by which they can be achieved. Cheryl tailors each treatment plan using a variety of modalities including EMDR, strengths-based and solution-focused techniques, and with recognition of– and a deep respect for — the strong connection between mind and body. Cheryl infuses her work with mindfulness-based techniques to assist her clients in recognizing their own ability to create a reality that will lead to a satisfying and fulfilling life. Cheryl received her master’s degree in social work, with an emphasis on clinical and medical social work, from Catholic University. She works with cancer patients and their families as they deal with the increased stressors caused by cancer and its treatment.

With Kevin Miller

We are a group of gay men who have been diagnosed with prostate cancer or who are recovering from treatment that offer support to each other.   In a peer-led community, we share our experiences and understanding to help one another best deal with our own personal situations.

This Healing Circle meets on Thursdays once per month from 7:00pm – 8:30pm. 

With Jennifer Bires, LICSW and Cheryl Hughes, LICSW, OSW-C

You don’t need to be fearless to live fearlessly!  Designed for those who have finished treatment or are living with chronic cancer, this 8-week experiential seminar will build the skills that make it possible to move beyond treatment (even if you’re still in treatment) towards a rich, full, rewarding life.  Please call for more information.

Please call 202.483.8600 or email programs@smithcenter.org for more information and to register for this 8-week seminar that takes place on Wednesday evenings from March 6th – April 24th. Participants are expected to attend all 8 sessions. Online Registration is not available for this program.

About Jennifer Bires

Jennifer is a rising star in the psycho-oncology field. She has almost a decade of experience as an oncology social worker, most recently at George Washington University in DC where she helped create the cancer support program. During her tenure at GWU she created a number of deep and impactful programs for families, young adults and patients and helped to ensure program success by defining and tracking outcomes. Jennifer received the 2017 Oncology Social Worker of The Year Award from the Association of Oncology Social Workers. She has intimate knowledge of the DC cancer survivorship landscape and deep appreciation for Smith Center’s unique art and healing approach to this important work.

About Cheryl Hughes

Cheryl Ann Hughes, LICSW creates a safe and supportive environment from which individuals can define their goals, as well as the means by which they can be achieved. Cheryl tailors each treatment plan using a variety of modalities including EMDR, strengths-based and solution-focused techniques, and with recognition of– and a deep respect for — the strong connection between mind and body. Cheryl infuses her work with mindfulness-based techniques to assist her clients in recognizing their own ability to create a reality that will lead to a satisfying and fulfilling life. Cheryl received her master’s degree in social work, with an emphasis on clinical and medical social work, from Catholic University. She works with cancer patients and their families as they deal with the increased stressors caused by cancer and its treatment.

with Erin Price, LGSW

This group is for those living with cancer as a chronic condition that may not be considered curable. We will explore issues around learning to live and thrive with cancer

Our Wednesday Advanced Cancer Support Group is held twice per month from 12:00 – 1:00pm. Please RSVP by registering through the link above, calling 202.483.8600, or emailing programs@smithcenter.org prior to your first visit.

About Erin Price

Erin serves as Smith Center’s Director of Young Adult and Psychosocial Support Programs. She is trained in Integrative Patient Navigation, a Project LEAD graduate, and holds a Masters in Social Work. A seven-year breast cancer survivor, Erin is passionate about providing support and community to other cancer survivors, especially young adults. She works with Smith Center’s DC Young Adult Cancer Community and is also actively involved in the cancer community through Young Survival Coalition, Critical Mass, the Georgetown Breast Cancer Advocates, National Breast Cancer Coalition, and the DC Cancer Action Partnership.

with Jennifer Bires, LICSW

This weekly support group provides participants with the opportunity to explore their experience with cancer in a safe group setting with a trained social worker and to connect with others who are facing a similar challenge. This group is designed specifically for individuals that have been diagnosed with cancer. The group will also be closed, welcoming new members at the first meeting of each month. Please RSVP at 202.483.8600.

Our Monday evening support group meets twice per month from 6:00-7:30pm.

About Jennifer Bires

Jennifer Bires is a licensed clinical social worker, who works with people affected by cancer. She received her Master’s in Social Work from Washington University in St. Louis. Jennifer knows how distressing a cancer diagnosis can be for patients and their families. Her goal as an oncology social worker is to help patients and family members adjust to the emotional impact of a diagnosis.  Jennifer specializes in working with young adults, caregivers and patients who have advanced disease. She strives to help patients and families maintain a high quality of life in the face of their illness.

With Julia Rowland, Ph.D.

This group, led by a licensed psychologist, is designed to provide cancer caregivers with the opportunity to meet other caregivers, learn about useful tools for self-care, and explore ways to thrive in the caregiving role.

Please RSVP to us by registering through link above or by calling 202.483.8600 prior to your first visit.

Our Caregiver Support Group meets monthly on Mondays from 6:00pm – 7:30pm.

About Julia Rowland, PhD

Julia Rowland, PhD, who joined Smith Center in October 2017, comes to this position as a long-time clinician, researcher and teacher in the area of psychosocial aspects of cancer. She has worked with and conducted competitively funded research among both pediatric and adult cancer survivors and their families, and published broadly in psycho-oncology, including co-editing, along with Dr. Jimmie Holland, the ground-breaking text, Handbook of Psychooncology.  She has also been a frequent speaker on cancer survivorship, or life after cancer, for both professional and lay audiences.

Julia received her PhD in Developmental Psychology from Columbia University and completed a post-doctoral fellowship at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in psychosocial oncology. While at MSKCC, where she held joint appointments in pediatrics and neurology, Julia helped to develop and was the first Director of the Post-Treatment Resource Program, one of the first non-medical survivorship care programs to be offered by a major cancer center in the U.S. In 1990 she moved with her husband and two young children to Washington, DC to become founding Director of the Psycho-Oncology Program at Georgetown University and the Lombardi Cancer Center. There she helped expand services to meet the psychosocial needs of cancer patients and families, launched some of the first quality of life clinical trials, and also introduced a program to enable first year medical students to learn the art of caring for those living through and beyond cancer from survivors themselves and Lombardi faculty. Nine years later, in September of 1999, she was recruited to the National Cancer Institute to become the first, full-time Director of the Office of Cancer Survivorship, a position in which she served for 18 years, championing the growth of survivorship research and care, before stepping down in September 2017 to assume her new role at Smith Center. Although new to the team, Julia is no stranger to Smith Center. She knew Smith Center’s founder, Barbara Smith Coleman, and has volunteered her expertise across the years as a speaker, group leader and staff member for both the 1-day and weeklong residential retreats. Julia brings to her new role a passion to translate what research has taught us about healing in the context of cancer to the broader community, in essence, taking the science of survivorship from the lab bench to the park bench.

with Lauren Broschak, LGSW

This monthly group is an opportunity to meet others who are caring for a young adult cancer survivor.  Enjoy a light, healthy dinner with caregivers and survivors before and after the facilitated group discussion.  The caregiver and survivor support groups meet independently.  This program is a collaborative initiative of local hospitals, health organizations and cancer support groups.*
*A warm thank you to our partners that have allowed us to provide a supportive community to more young adults in the DC region:
  • Bella Warrior
  • Cancer Support Community
  • GWU Medical Faculty Associates
  • First Descents
  • Hope Connections for Cancer Support
  • Howard University Hospital
  • Leukemia and Lymphoma Society
  • Life With Cancer
  • MedStar Georgetown University Hospital
  • Nueva Vida
  • Sibley Memorial Hospital
  • Stupid Cancer
  • Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults
  • Virginia Hospital Center
  • Washington Cancer Institute at MedStar Washington Hospital Center
  • Young Survival Coalition
This group, led by a licensed psychologist, is designed to provide cancer caregivers with the opportunity to meet other caregivers, learn about useful tools for self-care, and explore ways to thrive in the caregiving role.