Four parts of a cancer journey that may create different impacts for your child client are diagnosis, treatment beginning, treatment ending, and recurrence.
Which three of these variables can affect a child’s adjustment to their parent’s cancer? (select 3)
Due to their developmental level, preschool aged children are likely to understand the permanence of death.
Due to their developmental level, elementary school aged children may become overly concerned with their parent’s health and fear for their own wellbeing.
Across all developmental levels children need:
Over a third of siblings of cancer patients experience
Siblings of cancer patients report that teachers, friends, and extended family tend to treat them as:
Roughly what percentage of children experience PTSD due to their parent’s cancer:
Which factor increases the likelihood of a child’s PTSD due to their parent’s cancer?
Children who have loved ones with cancer may also experience changes in their:
During an assessment you may want to pay special attention to the family’s unique metaphors and stage of the cancer journey.
Materials available for play therapy should not include realistic medical supplies because it will interfere with the client’s creative expression.
Secure attachment mitigates the traumatic effects of having a parent with cancer.
Cultural considerations when working with children and families affected by cancer include:
Common play themes for children affected by cancer in their family include surveillance, power and control, and separation and loss.
Clients with cancer in their family may greatly benefit from a relationship with a therapist that allows them to take off their ‘mask’ of coping or competence and attunes with their unique experience.