In Partnership with George Washington Cancer Center, Georgetown Lombardi Cancer Center, and Camp Kesem

If you or a loved one had been diagnosed with cancer, you may have concerns about how younger members of your family are coping.  Kids’ Club is a group of children ages 6 to 12 with parents or grandparents in treatment for cancer.  Teen club is for those ages 13 – 18 with parents or grandparents in treatment for cancer. 

Each session, kids, teens, and parents will enjoy pizza together and then each group will go to separate rooms to talk and make art.  Our topics include communicating feelings, building personal strengths, and developing coping skills.  We invite everyone to share as much or as little as they feel comfortable.

Although we are brought together by our common experiences with cancer, Kids/Teen Club is not a sad or scary place; we have fun! Our goal is to have positive interactions with other families dealing with illness and to learn new ways of expressing and managing feelings. Our facilitators are experienced social workers, counselors, and trained volunteers.

Long-term Health & Survivorship Care Planning

With Julia Rowland, PhD

This monthly group is for all adult cancer survivors of any type of cancer at any stage who have completed their initial cancer treatment and are navigating how to move forward. Each month will feature a different topic relevant to cancer survivorship followed by a discussion and support group.

Please contact erin@smithcenter.org with any questions.

Sessions occur monthly on Wednesdays from 6:15 – 7:15pm. 

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.

Managing Relationships with Family and Friends

With Jenn McRobbie and Erin Price, LGSW

This monthly group is for all adult cancer survivors of any type of cancer at any stage who have completed their initial cancer treatment and are navigating how to move forward. Each month will feature a different topic relevant to cancer survivorship followed by a discussion and support group.

Please contact erin@smithcenter.org with any questions.

Sessions occur monthly on Wednesdays from 6:15 – 7:15pm. Upcoming dates: 

  • December 12

About Erin Price

 

Erin serves as Smith Center’s Young Adult and Psychosocial Support Programs Director. 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.

In Partnership with George Washington Cancer Center, Georgetown Lombardi Cancer Center, and Washington Cancer Institute

If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with cancer, you may have concerns about how younger members of your family are coping. Kids’ Club is group for children ages 6 to 12 with parents or grandparents in treatment for cancer.

Each session, kids and parents will enjoy pizza together and then go to separate rooms to talk and make art. Our topics include communicating feelings, building personal strengths, and developing coping skills. At the end, the groups reconnect and have an opportunity to share with one another. We invite everyone to share as much or as little as they feel comfortable.

Although we are brought together by our common experiences with cancer, Kids Club is not a sad or scary place; we have fun! Our goal is to have positive interactions with other families dealing with illness and to learn new ways of expressing and managing feelings. Our facilitators are experienced social workers, counselors, and trained volunteers.

Fitness & Survivorship

With Erin Price, LGSW & 2Untopable

This monthly group is for all adult cancer survivors of any type of cancer at any stage who have completed their initial cancer treatment and are navigating how to move forward. Each month will feature a different topic relevant to cancer survivorship followed by a discussion and support group.

Please contact erin@smithcenter.org with any questions.

Sessions occur monthly on Wednesdays from 6:15 – 7:15pm. Upcoming dates: 

  • November 7- CLOSED FOR THE HOLIDAYS
  • December 12

About Erin Price

 

Erin serves as Smith Center’s Young Adult and Psychosocial Support Programs Director. 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 Erin Price, LGSW

This monthly group is for all adult cancer survivors of any type of cancer at any stage who have completed their initial cancer treatment and are navigating how to move forward. Each month will feature a different topic relevant to cancer survivorship followed by a discussion and support group.

Please contact erin@smithcenter.org with any questions.

Sessions occur monthly on Wednesdays from 6:00 – 7:30 pm.

About Erin Price

 

Erin serves as Smith Center’s Young Adult and Psychosocial Support Programs Director. 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.