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Co-authors of The Healing Circle to Lead Skills for Healing Weekend Retreat

Successful Program offered throughout Canada and now for first time in US

May 4, 2012 - PRLog -- Dr. Rob Rutledge and Timothy Walker, PhD co-authors of The Healing Circle will facilitate a weekend retreat providing support, education and skills to people impacted by cancer on May 18-20, 2012 at the Cancer Support Community Massachusetts South Shore (CSC-MSS), 120 Longwater Drive, Suite 104, in Norwell.  

Rutledge is a Radiation Oncologist from Dalhousie University NS Cancer Center and Walker is a Contemplative Psychotherapist and Mindfulness Teacher. The weekend retreat will run from Friday evening through Sunday afternoon and is offered free to anyone impacted by a cancer diagnosis and an accompanying family member or caregiver. The program will offer information on how to get complete cancer care, meditation, stress reduction and mind-body techniques and empowering the body. To learn more about the program visit www.healingandcancer.org.
The three components to the Skills for Healing Weekend Retreats make up an integrated approach to the cancer diagnosis
1 - The didactic sessions – teaches people how to empower the body: How to get complete cancer care/ how to negotiate the medical system, healthy lifestyle choices / the mind-body connection, stress and the relaxation response, how to work with difficult thoughts and emotions etc)
2 - Healing Skills – will teach mindfulness-based stress reduction, reframing/cognitive therapy, meditation, yoga, and Qi Gong
3 - Supportive-Expressive group therapy is by far the most powerful aspect of the weekend.
“This is a unique opportunity for individuals in the Boston area to receive the very finest cancer related support,” said Francine Coluci, Executive Director of The Cancer Support Community of MA South Shore.   “Dr. Rutledge and Dr. Walker are pioneers in healing skills for people impacted by cancer. Their comprehensive weekend retreat offers skills that can be used by individuals with a cancer diagnosis and also caregivers. We encourage people living with cancer and their families across the region to take advantage of this wonderful program and the other resources we offer at no charge.”

About The Cancer Support Community Massachusetts South Shore

The Cancer Support Community Massachusetts South Shore, formerly the Wellness Community, is an outgrowth of merging Wellness Communities with Gilda’ s Club and is part of a national and international organization that provides support and services to people facing cancer and their caregivers. The Cancer Support Community is the largest worldwide provider of psychosocial care for people with cancer and their caregivers. Programs are offered at no cost to participants through the generosity of individual, group and corporate donations, grants, and bequests. The Cancer Support Community Massachusetts South Shore recently became a division of the NVNA Foundation and has newly expanded space at 120 Longwater Drive in Norwell. For more information contact 781-610-1490 or email tcummings@cancersupportcommunityma.org.

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