#CAPO2023 – Call for Pre-Conference Workshops

June 20 to 22, 2023

DoubleTree by Hilton, 1255 Jeanne-Mance Street, Montreal, Quebec

Key dates:
  • November 3, 2022: Call for pre-conference workshop proposals
    Submissions due by December 9, 2022
  • November 17, 2022: Call for abstracts
    Submissions due by February 28, 2023
Pre-Conference Workshop application deadline: December 9, 2022

Psycho-oncology researchers, clinicians and patient representatives are invited to submit proposals to host pre-conference workshops.
Pre-conference workshops will be held on the morning of Tuesday, June 20, 2023. Workshops will be 3.5 hours in length. This includes one coffee break. Workshops will start at 8:30 a.m. and conclude at 12:00 p.m.  Each room will be equipped with a data projector and screen. Presenters are asked to bring their own laptop.
Although all topics and themes are welcome, we encourage workshops with a focus on Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI), as well as patient-oriented sessions.
This year we are pleased to offer the opportunity for a select number of French language workshops. You will be asked in the submission if you would like consideration for French only or either French or English


Call for Abstracts: Closes February 28, 2023

The Canadian Association of Psychosocial Oncology (CAPO) is now accepting abstracts for posters, oral presentations, symposia and 90-minute workshops for the 38th Annual Conference to be held from June 20 through June 22, 2023.

We invite abstracts on a range of topics from cancer prevention and early diagnosis, to treatment and survivorship, to palliative and end-of-life care. Submissions can include qualitative, quantitative and mixed method studies, innovative programs and service delivery and capacity building models, clinical guidelines and best practices at local, regional and national levels.

With abstract submissions, the first author (submitting author):

  • Accepts responsibility for the accuracy of the submitted abstract.
  • Confirms that all authors are aware of and agree to the content of the abstract and support the data presented.
  • Confirms the abstract is not under review for presentation or publication elsewhere and has not been previously presented or published in its current format.
  • Gives permission for the abstract, when selected for presentation, to be published in the Conference Proceedings.   
  • Confirms that the presenting author will register and attend the conference


The Canadian Association of Psychosocial Oncology (CAPO) is pleased to release its framework and staffing formula to hire psychosocial professionals working with people affected by cancer. CAPO is the first organization in Canada to have undertaken this type of extensive work.  With the challenges health care organizations are facing with recruitment and retention of staff, it is even more important than ever to have these types of tools available to administrators. The 10 point framework and calculator was developed for social work and can be adapted to other disciplines working in psychosocial oncology; for example, work is underway to adapt the framework for psychologists.

The full document and calculator can be found on the CAPO Clinical Advisory Committee page 

This work was led by Dr. Carole Mayer, RSW, Marianne Arab, RSW, Kimberly Thibodeau, RSW and leaders across Canada through the CAPO Clinical Advisory Committee.  A well-resourced infrastructure with efficient processes for PSO programming paired with highly committed and qualified clinicians will ensure that cancer patients and families receive services that address their needs with positive and measurable outcomes.

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Clinical Practice Guidelines

The evidence-based clinical practice guideline (CPG) movement within oncology, as in other health fields, represents a trend in identifying best practices and standardizing treatments. Within psychosocial oncology, evidence-based CPGs, along with Standards of Care, can help increase awareness of the important and often unmet psychosocial needs of cancer patients.

These guides to practice can be used by practitioners and organizations to identify and address the challenges and barriers in delivering high quality, accessible psychosocial care. CAPO, in collaboration with the Canadian Partnership Against Cancer (CPAC) and other key partners, is leading initiatives to develop and disseminate national psychosocial oncology clinical practice guidelines.

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What is CAPO-Community Of Researchers (CAPO-CORe)?

  • Share Information: Share a newsletter, announcement, or message to your CAPO peers. You can share documents, spreadsheets, images, videos to group participants.
  • Start a Conversation Thread: You can start a conversation thread – and people inside the group can reply to it with their own answers, opinions and thoughts. You can host in-depth discussions on a particular area or topic related to psychosocial oncology.
  • Ask for Advice: Ask questions related to a particular topic - and have group members participate in giving answers.

CAPO Crunch

As a means of keeping CAPO members up to date on CAPO activities, we are pleased to introduce "CAPO Crunch" - a 60 second video update on what is happening with CAPO. Following our regular Board Meetings, CAPO’s President, Fiona Schulte will shoot a brief video to communicate some of the highlights of what CAPO is working on.

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English - Supporting children and teens when a family member has cancer. A guide for educators and healthcare professionals.

Français - Soutenir les enfants et les adolescents lorsqu’un membre de la famille est atteint du cancer. Un guide pour les éducateurs, les professionnels de la santé ainsi que pour les patients et leurs proches.

You, a friend or relative may have been recently diagnosed with cancer. This website has been created to help you find clarity and start you down the path of coping with cancer and finding support.

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