Vol. 4, No. 3, November 2005

What is Cancer Anyway?

Challenging the Socialization of the Word "Cancer" and Making Decisions Based on My Intuitive Consciousness

Cancer defined as cells that divide too rapidly didn't tell me anything about my medical diagnosis of breast cancer. A very close friend suggested that I think of my diagnosis as having cancering cells in an area of my body, instead of my breast being a cancer. I could work with a verb, an action attached to cancer instead of a noun, which defined cancer as something diagnosed by someone who is an expert on something. I thought to myself that any given action is unique to the individual and that person's motivations perform the action. I wanted to make good decisions based on intuitive guidance from my inner world, tapping into a world where good messages were previously unconscious to me.


Process-Oriented Group Psychotherapy: Dynamic Empathic Engagement For Self-Transformation

A psychodynamic process-focused group therapy differs from a psychoeducational group. In a psychoeducational group experience, the leader's mandate is to give the members necessary information for a focused issue, symptom or psychopathology; the main discourse centres on the focused issue. These groups are usually short term and hold the goal of ameliorating the symptom. Psychodynamic process-focused groups use methods that support dialogue about the members' interpersonal worlds. By articulating their interpersonal worlds, members are enriched by stronger self-identities that lead to expanding choices as to life options. The process model aims for self-transformation as constructed in relation to others. In process groups, the leader assumes the role of facilitator rather than educator. These groups often have an open-ended time commitment.


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