MSSW with a Psychosocial Oncology Specialization
Forty-one percent of Americans can expect to be diagnosed with cancer at some point in their lifetime.1 The high rates of cancer on local, national, and global levels and the potential shortage of oncology social workers are creating the demand for skilled practitioners. The psychosocial oncology specialization at the Kent School of Social Work meets the growing need for professionals in psychosocial oncology care. This program prepares social work students with the knowledge and competencies for addressing the psychosocial health needs of persons with cancer. They will learn how to apply clinical skills such as psycho-social assessments, counseling, leading family meetings, setting goals of care and making treatment decisions across the cancer continuum.
This specialization offers:
Program Specialization Requirements:
SW633: Social Work and Human Sexuality
Other course of interest—to be approved by chair
Students must apply to specializations by January 30th during the January before their Advanced (final) year of study.
For more information, contact:
Karen Kayser, MSW, Ph.D.
“Cancer care today often provides state-of-the-science bio-medical treatment, but fails to address the psychological and social (psychosocial) problems associated with the illness.” -(Institute of Medicine, 2008)
1Reis, L.D. et al. (2007) Seer cancer statistics review, 1975-2004. Bethesda, MD: National Cancer Institute.