Managing Cancer and Living Meaningfully (CALM) is a brief, semi-structured, evidence-based intervention designed to help people with advanced and metastatic cancer, and their close loved ones, manage the practical and profound problems associated with advanced disease. Reduction of psychological distress and prevention of future distress are the primary goals of CALM.
Developed by Gary Rodin MD and Sarah Hales MD PhD at the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre in Toronto, Canada, CALM focuses on four content domains that address the practical and profound issues commonly faced by individuals with advanced and metastatic cancer.
CALM therapy optimally consists of three to six sessions delivered over three to six months, by a wide range of specially trained health care providers.
- Understand the CALM rational, theoretical foundations, therapeutic domains and processes of CALM.
- Explore the application of CALM as illustrated through case presentations, from first session to termination, including engaging in CALM therapy with couples.
- Discuss CALM supervision and research.