Workshop – Strategies for Optimizing Community Resources to Address Mental Health Issues


Presentation Description:
This workshop will explore the complexities of managing mental health symptoms when they arise during treatment, as well as potential collaborative models of care to help facilitate improved quality of life outcomes for this population of children and families.

Jane Cassano, MSW, RSW
Pediatric Oncology Social Worker, McMaster Children’s Hospital, Hamilton, ON

Jane Cassano has been a pediatric oncology social worker at McMaster Children’s Hospital for the past 18 years. Her focus has been adolescents with cancer and their transition to off therapy. In recent years, Jane has been advocating for mental health services for pediatric oncology patients.

Danielle Cataudella, PsyD, CPsych
Clinical Psychologist, Departments of Pediatric Psychology and Oncology, Children’s Hospital, London Health Sciences Centre, London, ON Adjunct Professor Schools of Medicine and Psychology, Western University, London, ON

Danielle Cataudella is a clinical psychologist at Children’s Hospital, London, Ontario. She completed her doctoral degree and residency program in 2002, and is registered with the College of Psychologists of Ontario with specialized practice in health and rehabilitation across the lifespan. For the past 15 years, the focus of her work has been in the area of pediatric oncology. She has been involved in multi-centre provincial and national research studies including validation of a family distress screening tool in Ontario, the development of an instrument to assess quality of life in children with advanced cancers, and a social skills intervention for childhood brain tumour survivors. Dr. Cataudella is a member of the Children’s Oncology Group’s Behavioural Science Discipline and is actively involved in the Patient-Reported Outcomes Sub-Committee. She has served on several POGO committees, currently acting as Co-Chair of the Psychosocial Services Committee and member of the Provincial Research Unit; she is also collaborating with the Supportive Care Committee on the development of fatigue guidelines for this population.

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