The Global CALM Program

  Posted On:  Oct 11th, 2018

The Global CALM Program is an international initiative to train clinicians in CALM (Managing Cancer and Living Meaningfully) therapy, gather evidence about the implementation of CALM in diverse settings, and to make CALM a standard of care for people facing metastatic and advanced cancer.

The Global Institute of Psychosocial, Palliative and End-of-Life Care (GIPPEC), a joint institution between the University of Toronto (UofT) and the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre (PM), is the delivery agent for the Global CALM Program. Based in Toronto, Canada it promotes and coordinates the expansion of CALM delivery, education, and research through a network of international cancer centres and academic institutions.

The mission of the Global CALM Program is to make CALM a standard of care.

Our vision is to reduce distress and promote the well-being of people facing metastatic or advanced cancer throughout the world.

The Global CALM Program aims to:

  • Build capacity for CALM: through a network of CALM sites, the program supports the advancement of CALM research and implementation.
  • Educate health care providers in CALM: the program provides international and local CALM workshops.  Sites are supported to develop a cohort of certified CALM therapist through online supervision with a certified CALM supervisor.
  • Advance global knowledge: through research collaboration and international exchange, the program builds evidence for CALM on an international scale.

GIPPEC and the Global CALM Program are proud to have a large network of Collaborators:

Clinical and Research Collaborators

  • Antoni van Leeuwenhoek Netherlands Cancer Institute, Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • Beijing Cancer Hospital, Beijing, China
  • King Hussein Cancer Center, Amman, Jordan
  • Koo Foundation Sun Yat-sen Cancer Center, Taipei, Taiwan
  • Kyungpook National University Hospital, Daegu, South Korea
  • Alianza Mexicana por el Cancer – MILC, Mexico City, Mexico
  • National Cancer Centre Hospital, Tokyo, Japan
  • National Institute for Health, Bethesda, Maryland, USA
  • Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, Melbourne, Australia
  • Sheba Medical Center, Ramat Gan, Israel
  • University of Groningen, Groningen, Netherlands
  • University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, China
  • University Medical Centre Leipzig, Leipzig, Germany
  • University Medical Centre, Hamburg, Germany
  • University of Ferrara, Ferrara, Italy
  • Virginia Commonwealth University Massey Cancer Centre, Richmond, USA

Clinical Collaborators

  • BC Cancer Agency, Vancouver, Canada
  • Instituto Nacional dal Cancer, Santiago, Chile
  • National University of Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
  • University College London, London, United Kingdom
  • Kings College London, London, England
  • Tom Baker Cancer Centre, Calgary, Canada

Individual Collaborators

  • Champalimaud Clinical Centre, Lisbon, Portugal
  • Fundacion Oncologica Cancer Chile, Santiago, Chile

If you are interested in learning more about the Global CALM Program, please contact us. 

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Gary Rodin

Director, GIPPEC

Lesley Chalklin

Program Manager

Anja Mehnert

Head of Psychosocial Oncology, Department of Medical Psychology and Medical Sociology

Anne Lanceley

Senior Lecturer

Carmine Malfitano

Research Associate

Chole Shaw

Research associate

Christian Schulz-Quach

Inpatient Co-Lead, Psychosocial Oncology and Palliative Psychiatry

Luigi Grassi

Professor and Chair of Psychiatry

Luzia Travado

Clinical Health Psychologist

Sarah Hales



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