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Volunteer Training Programme

A 3 day Volunteer training programme every month for laypersons who wish to counsel at various hospitals in Mumbai.

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CPAA runs a 3 day 'Volunteers Training Programme' every month to educate individuals working in the field, imparting basic information regarding cancer, highlighting psychological, social and spiritual problems faced and how to help patients and family members cope.

The programme was originally developed and put together by a qualified counseling psychologist, Ms. Meghana Suchak. As we see it today, the program has further evolved, with our experience over the years.

The programme has run successfully for the past three years and over 400 persons have benefited from the programme. The programme is of use to anyone working in the field of cancer including employees of healthcare institutions, pharma companies and medical equipment manufacturers as well as CSR departments of any corporate.

The workshop will initiate participants into the CPAA approach to volunteering and counseling. It provides basic information and knowledge about cancer and its treatment. However, its larger aim is to help participants to understand the universality of grief and loss and how individuals deal with it.

We try to create dedicated volunteers who can counsel patients and their family members going through the trauma of cancer, but, equally importantly, how to apply these principles in their own lives to achieve a better understanding of their own motivations.

Outline of the Programme

  • Day 1 introduces cancer and the CPAA philosophy. An exploration of participants' motivation for volunteering emphasises that they will receive as much as they give. Change, grief and loss are covered as a natural part of everyday human experience. Examples from the field of cancer are given but participants are encouraged to find parallels in their own non-cancer experiences.

  • Day 2 discusses CPAA's 4E counseling model-Education, Empathy, Empowerment and Exit. Genetic counseling and palliative care are covered.

  • Day 3 covers ethics, signs and symptoms of stress and burnout, self care. The 'Post-Traumatic Growth Inventory' helps participants to introspect.

The training programme can be organized at a venue of your choice. We charge Rs. 1,500/- per participant. We request a minimum of 10 and maximum of 15 participants per batch which has proved to be an optimum number to ensure every participant gets the opportunity to be heard.

Contact Susmita Mitra on +91-98201-51877 or email for further information.