All members including people living with cancer, family members and significant caregivers.
Healing Journey is a multilevel program designed to guide and support people who choose to actively engage in their own process of healing.
- Level 1: Coping with Cancer Stress
- Level 2: Skills for Healing
- Level 3: Steps to Spiritual Healing
- Level 4: Becoming Authentic
- Level 5: Book Study – Eckhart Tolle Based on more than 25 years of research and practice, the program provides guidance within a group setting for psychological and spiritual exploration. The Healing Journey Program offers simple, effective tools and strategies that, when mindfully practised, support healing, harmony and inner peace.
“This focus on self-discovery and understanding for healing and transitioning to a truly ‘healthy’ person (in mind, body and spirit) has been invaluable for me allowing me to mindfully and compassionately rebuild much of my life.”
“ I felt very safe in expressing myself.”
“ I am coming to terms with my new life.”
Benefits and Impact
Research indicates that individuals who regularly practise these methods can significantly diminish anxiety and depression, experience a restored sense of control, and relieve symptoms such as fatigue, nausea and pain. Clinical experience indicates that active involvement in psychological and spiritual self-help work can prolong and improve quality of life.
What to Expect at a Session
The healing process is unique to each individual and this program provides a safe and confidential space for members to explore, share, question, listen and just simply be. Participants are guided toward self-awareness and stress management through the practices of thought watching, imagery, journaling, meditative techniques, group discussion and goal-setting. Members experience the emergence of a supportive, healing community that offers the opportunity, and enhances the potential for individual growth rooted in choice and possibility. As the program levels progress, participants explore more in-depth conversations and readings on meaning and fulfillment in life choices.
What the Research Says
McCorkle et al. 2011 reviewed 17 randomized control trials examining the effects of self-management programs for adult cancer patients. Self-management is the ability to manage one’s medical and psychological symptoms and life roles by utilizing skills such as communication, problem solving, decision-making, resource utilization, self-monitoring, and shifting one’s perspective from illness to wellness. The self-management programs analyzed by McCorkle et al. varied in duration and format, ranging from a few minutes via pre-recorded audiotapes and telephone communication to weekly 90 minute group-sessions. Overall, it was found that patients who participated in self-management programs reported benefits such as decreased pain, fatigue, hopelessness, negative appraisal of their illness and increased self-confidence, quality of life, and ability to perform self-care (McCorkle R, Ercolano E, Lazenby M, Schulman-Green D, Schilling L, Lorig K, Wagner E. 2011.Self-Management: Enabling and Empowering Patients Living With Cancer as a Chronic Illness. CA: A Cancer Journal for Clinicians. 61(1):50-62)
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