This program is being offered virtually through Zoom. In order to participate and receive the Zoom link, register by clicking the RSVP button above or by emailing carla@smithcenter.org.

You will receive the Zoom information no later than the morning of your program.

with Rebecca Wilkinson, MA, ATR-BC, LCPAT

Mandalas for Managing Stress and Increasing Wellbeing

Mandalas – circular designs that communicate symbolic meaning – have been used for centuries as a form of contemplative practice in many spiritual traditions.

In this brief but focused workshop, we will use mandala imagery, writing, and meditative practice to bring creativity, healing, and an increased sense of grounding and balance into our lives. Absolutely no previous art experience is needed. The workshop is designed for all ranges of artistic experience–you need not consider yourself an artist to attend.

 

Suggested Materials:

  • Paper to draw on – can be any size or color that you like; we usually work with something between 6 x 6 to 12 x 12
  • Art supplies to draw or paint with – E.G. colored pencils, magic markers, chalk or oil pastels, watercolor paints, and/or acrylics
  • Plate or circular shape – to draw an outline of a circle on the paper
  • For those of you who do creative or art journaling, you are welcome to use your journal to create your mandala.

Suggested Donation: $10


About Rebecca Wilkinson, MA, ATR-BC, LCPAT

Rebecca Wilkinson

Rebecca Wilkinson, MA, ATR-BC, is a Registered and Board Certified art therapists with twenty years of experience in mental health and in facilitating training and workshops. She serves as adjunct faculty at George Washington University Graduate Art Therapy Program and provide continuing education and development through the Potomac Art Therapy Association. She facilitates supportive workshops for those affected by life threatening illness and the professional providers working with them. Co-founder of Creative Wellbeing Workshops, LLC, which provides training, consultation, and clinical therapy designed to reduce stress, prevent burnout and increase life satisfaction and wellbeing.

This program is being offered virtually through Zoom. In order to participate and receive the Zoom link, you must register here or by emailing carla@smithcenter.org

with Barbara Andersen, PhD (Ohio State University) and Susan Lutgendorf, PhD (University of Iowa)

Did You Know?

Smith Center is pleased to announce the launch of a special series of talks designed to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the founding of the center. Each of the talks will highlight one of eight healing practices that research and practice tell us is important to the health and well-being of cancer patients/survivors, and their loved ones.

The topics include: Eating Well, Moving More, Managing Stress, Sleeping Well, Creating a Healing Environment, Sharing Love and Support, Exploring What Matters Now, and Expressing Oneself.

For each topic, we will have two expert speakers. One will provide a clear and concise review of the science behind the given topic: what we do and do not know about the topic, the impact of this practice on cancer-related quality of life and mortality specifically, and national recommendations for action. The second speaker will “translate” this information into an action plan (e.g., provide user-friendly tips about how to integrate this aspect of healing into your daily life). At the end, there will be time for a question and answer period.


Did You Know? will be hosted Monthly on Wednesdays from 6:00-7:30pm.

Upcoming Dates: 

  • May 19 – Finding Social Support
    • with Barbara Andersen, PhD (Ohio State University) and Susan Lutgendorf, PhD (University of Iowa)
  • June 16 – Expressing Oneself

In honor of our 25th Anniversary in 2021, we are suggesting donations for this series in fractions or multiples of the number “25.” E.G. $2.50, $12.50, $25, etc.


About Barbara Andersen, PhD

Dr. Barbara L. Andersen, a member of the Ohio State University (OSU) faculty since 1989, holds the position of Distinguished University Professor in the Department of Psychology, with a joint appointment in Obstetrics and Gynecology. Dr. Andersen is a member of the Cancer Prevention and Control Program in the Comprehensive Cancer Center, and was instrumental in the development of the Behavioral Measurement Shared Resource which she directed from 2003-2005. She also served as Director of the OSU Livestrong Survivorship Center of Excellence (2009-11). Dr. Andersen, whose work has been funded since 1983, has published 3 books and written over 170 research articles in clinical psychology and cancer. Recipient of multiple honors for her extensive contributions to the field of psycho- and behavioral oncology, she is widely recognized for her research on the biobehavioral aspects of cancer and their implications for health and disease progression. A randomized clinical trial in collaboration with surgical oncologists William Farrar and William Carson showed a psychological intervention reduced stress, improved quality of life, health behaviors, and adherence for patients with breast cancer in addition to lowering the risk for breast cancer recurrence. Based on a group-delivery format, sharing social support was a key component of this intervention.

About Susan Lutgendorf, PhD

Dr. Susan Lutgendorf is a Clinical Health Psychologist and a Professor in the Clinical Science Training Area in the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences at the University of Iowa. She also has faculty appointments in the Departments of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Urology, and is a member of the Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center.  She is the Program Director of the NIGMS-funded T32 Mechanisms of Health and Disease at the Behavioral and Biomedical Interface Training Program. She recently served as the President of the Psychoneuroimmunology Research Society, and as President of the American Psychosomatic Society, and is widely recognized for her outstanding contributions to our understanding of the biobehavioral pathways in cancer. Her current research examines how factors such as stress, depression, and social support are linked to biological processes involved in tumor progression and chemo-resistance.  She has recently been funded by NCI to study a novel web-based psychosocial intervention for ovarian cancer patients.

This program is being offered virtually through Zoom. In order to participate and receive the Zoom link, you must register here or by emailing carla@smithcenter.org

with Brian Gonzalez, PhD (Moffitt Cancer Center) and Julienne Bower, PhD (University of California, Los Angeles)

Did You Know?

Smith Center is pleased to announce the launch of a special series of talks designed to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the founding of the center. Each of the talks will highlight one of eight healing practices that research and practice tell us is important to the health and well-being of cancer patients/survivors, and their loved ones.

The topics include: Eating Well, Moving More, Managing Stress, Sleeping Well, Creating a Healing Environment, Sharing Love and Support, Exploring What Matters Now, and Expressing Oneself.

For each topic, we will have two expert speakers. One will provide a clear and concise review of the science behind the given topic: what we do and do not know about the topic, the impact of this practice on cancer-related quality of life and mortality specifically, and national recommendations for action. The second speaker will “translate” this information into an action plan (e.g., provide user-friendly tips about how to integrate this aspect of healing into your daily life). At the end, there will be time for a question and answer period.


Did You Know? will be hosted Monthly on Wednesdays from 6:00-7:30pm.

Upcoming Dates: 

  • April 21 – Sleeping Well
    • with Brian Gonzalez, PhD (Moffitt Cancer Center) and Julienne Bower, PhD (University of California, Los Angeles)
  • May 19 – Finding Social Support
    • with Barbara Andersen, PhD (Ohio State University) and Susan Lutgendorf, PhD (University of Iowa)

In honor of our 25th Anniversary in 2021, we are suggesting donations for this series in fractions or multiples of the number “25.” E.G. $2.50, $12.50, $25, etc.


About Brian Gonzalez, PhD

Brian Gonzalez is an Associate Member at Moffitt Cancer Center, where he studies sleep and other quality of life issues in cancer survivors. He works to identify which survivors are at greatest risk of sleep disturbance and how to improve sleep in cancer survivors.
Dr. Gonzalez is passionate about helping minority and underserved cancer survivors improve their quality of life. Too many cancer survivors are affected by quality of life issues that are preventable or treatable. Dr. Gonzalez’s research focuses on identifying which survivors are at greatest risk of these issues. He works with multidisciplinary teams to design studies that identify multilevel risk factors for decreased quality of life. Dr. Gonzalez also develops culturally targeted interventions to improve quality of life, using inexpensive and widely disseminable Health strategies.

About Julienne Bower, PhD

Dr. Bower’s research focuses broadly on mind-body interactions among individuals confronting stressful life events, particularly diagnosis with life-threatening illnesses such as cancer. One area of her work examines immune effects on mood and behavior, including fatigue, depression, and sleep disturbance. Another line of research examines how positive psychological factors, such as benefit finding, positive affect, and goal engagement, influence physical health, with a focus on the biological pathways that link positive psychological states and health outcomes. Dr. Bower also conducts mind-body interventions (i.e., yoga, Tai Chi, and mindfulness meditation) with a focus on how these treatments influence immune and neuroendocrine function. 

This program is being offered virtually through Zoom. In order to participate and receive the Zoom link, you must register here or by emailing carla@smithcenter.org

with Candida DeLuise, LICSW (Smith Center for Healing and the Arts) and Paul Jacobsen, PhD (National Cancer Institute)

Did You Know?

Smith Center is pleased to announce the launch of a special series of talks designed to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the founding of the center. Each of the talks will highlight one of eight healing practices that research and practice tell us is important to the health and well-being of cancer patients/survivors, and their loved ones.

The topics include: Eating Well, Moving More, Managing Stress, Sleeping Well, Creating a Healing Environment, Sharing Love and Support, Exploring What Matters Now, and Expressing Oneself.

For each topic, we will have two expert speakers. One will provide a clear and concise review of the science behind the given topic: what we do and do not know about the topic, the impact of this practice on cancer-related quality of life and mortality specifically, and national recommendations for action. The second speaker will “translate” this information into an action plan (e.g., provide user-friendly tips about how to integrate this aspect of healing into your daily life). At the end, there will be time for a question and answer period.


Did You Know? will be hosted Monthly on Wednesdays from 6:00-7:30pm.

Upcoming Dates: 

  • March 17 – Managing Stress
    • with Candida DeLuise, PhD and Paul Jacobsen, PhD, National Cancer Institute, Bethesda, MD

In honor of our 25th Anniversary in 2021, we are suggesting donations for this series in fractions or multiples of the number “25.” E.G. $2.50, $12.50, $25, etc.


About Candida DeLuise, LICSW

Mindfulness-Based Psychotherapy – Reiki, Energy work, Buddhist Psychology

As a contemplative psychotherapist with over 25 years of experience, Candida integrates mindfulness and psycho-spiritual approaches into the therapy process. She has worked with clients on transitions, relationships, trauma, mood disorders, chronic illness and aging issues. Creating a safe and nurturing space, she draws on mind-body awareness and Buddhist psychology. Candida is also a Reiki practitioner and life celebrant, crafting rituals to honor significant events. She is licensed in D.C. to officiate weddings and loves working with couples to create a custom ceremony that highlights their unique relationship. An experienced coach, consultant and Buddhist practitioner, Candida teaches meditation and leads workshops on mindfulness in everyday life. She works with artists in the creative process, and with individuals and groups committed to social change. She believes that as we reconnect to our inherent wisdom, we empower ourselves to live a more full and expansive life. 240-462-9550
candidadeluise@gmail.com

About Paul Jacobsen, PhD

Paul Jacobsen, PhD

Paul Jacobsen received his doctoral degree in Psychology from Michigan State University and completed post-doctoral training in psychosocial oncology at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. He was subsequently recruited to the Moffitt Cancer Center where he served as founding Chair of the Department of Health Outcomes and Behavior and later as Associate Center Director for Population Science. For over 30 years, his research has focused on using knowledge from the behavioral and social sciences to understand and address quality of life and quality of care issues in oncology. Dr. Jacobsen is the author of more than 300 journal articles and has been the recipient of numerous research grants from the American Cancer Society and the National Cancer Institute. In 2016, he entered public service as an Associate Director at the National Cancer Institute where he directs the Healthcare Delivery Research Program. In this position, he leads a team whose mission is to advance innovative research to improve the delivery of cancer-related care.