About the Program

The Screening for Psychosocial Distress Program will train 2 people from your cancer care facility on how to develop, implement, and maintain a comprehensive distress screening program. A comprehensive distress screening program uses a valid instrument to screen patients for distress, assesses patients for the sources of their distress, links patients and families to psychosocial services, follows up on referrals, and uses quality improvement to measure the program’s effectiveness.
Whatever the discipline – chaplains, nurses, oncologists, psychiatrists, psychologists, or social workers – if you want to meet the new quality care standard of screening for psychosocial distress, The Screening for Psychosocial Distress Program will help you do just that. To ensure success, 2 individuals from each cancer care facility must enroll.

 Each year The Screening for Psychosocial Distress Program will cover:

 • The full tuition for the program, which includes the one-day workshop that will    be held the day before the American Psychosocial Oncology Society (APOS)
   annual conference

 • Lunch during the one-day workshop

 • A $400 stipend for each individual ($800 per institution) to help defray
   cover the costs associated with attending the workshop; attendees will receive the
   stipend in the form of a check as part of the materials they receive on the day of        the workshop

 • The full (2-day) APOS annual conference registration fee

Year One
Workshop Outline

  • • History of Distress Screening
  • • Cultural & Ethnic Variation in Psychosocial Responses
  • • Communication Skills
  • • Screening & Standards
  • • Screening Instruments
  • • Building a Referral Network

  • View the detailed Workshop Schedule

Quarterly Videoconference Topics

  • • Setting Up Screening: Who? Where? With What? How?
  • • Referral Networks: Who? How?
  • • Achieving Your Screening Goals
  • • Achieving Your Network Goals


Year Two
Workshop Outline

  • • Documentation & Quality Improvement
  • • Using IT Resources for Distress Screening
  • • Demonstration & Pilot Projects to Strengthen Your Distress Screening Program
  • • Marketing Your Distress Screening Program

Semiannual Videoconference Topics

  • •   Understanding Cost & Reimbursement & Strategies to Sustain a Distress
        Screening Program in the Context of the Affordable Care Act

  • •   Using the RE-AIM Model to Strengthen Implementation & Maintenance of
        Your  Program



Dr. Teresa Deshields, Siteman Cancer Center

Dr. Jimmie Holland, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center

Dr. Marcia Grant, City of Hope

Dr. Paul Jacobsen, Moffit Cancer Center

Dr. Mark Lazenby, Yale School of Nursing

Dr. Ruth McCorkle, Yale School of Nursing & Yale Cancer Center

Dr. Lynne Wagner, Northwestern University