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Karmanos director of Social Work, Supportive Services selected for special biopsychosocial training

Larmender A. Davis, MSW, LMSW, OSW-C, director of Social Work and Supportive Services at the Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute, has been selected to participate in the National Cancer Institute-supported “Implementing Comprehensive Biopsychosocial Screening Training Program.” Sponsored through the City of Hope National Medical Center in Duarte, Calif., this training will teach participants how to successfully implement, maintain and evaluate biopsychosocial screening programs of excellence within their organizations.

Davis and her team partner, Bradley Zebrack, Ph.D., an associate professor of Social Work and researcher at the University of Michigan, will participate in pre and post e-learning webinars, conference calls and a two-day intensive workshop as part of the training. The workshop includes a clinic site visit in California; post workshop faculty training conference calls; an institutional consultation conference call; and access to other tailored resources.  

The training also provides an opportunity to work with colleagues from around the country to share skills, experiences, successes and setbacks, with the support of internationally-recognized faculty that have already successfully implemented biopsychosocial screening programs in a variety of settings.

This was a competitive application process and Davis and Dr. Zebrack were selected as one of 40 teams across the nation to participate. Davis and Dr. Zebrack both serve on the board of the Association of Oncology Social Work and look forward to participating in this training program, applying this knowledge to their respective organizations, and conducting future research on this collaboration.

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