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January 26, 2009

New cancer support group at ULM

The ULM Counseling Center is offering a Cancer Support Group for all students, staff and faculty members affected by cancer. The 60-minute sessions take place every Thursday, 12:15-1:15 p.m. in the Student Center, room 161.

On March 26 and April 30, the meetings will take place in Ballroom E of the Student Union Building.

The purpose of the group is to provide a safe environment to explore the emotional, psychological, and other effects of cancer on self and others through self-awareness; to empower; and to provide mutual support.

Denise Pani, LPC, LMFT, NCC, leads the sessions, which consist of:

• 10-15 minutes of psychoeducation about ways of dealing with the emotional, psychological, relational, and spiritual effects of cancer on the individual.

• 30-40 minutes of group discussion about group members' specific concerns and/or practice in methods of working through anxiety, sadness, anger, and other issues.

• 2-5 minutes of closing with a relaxation method and affirmations.

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