Psycho-Oncology and P a ediatric psycho-oncology in Serbia – present status MA Tamara Klikovac, psychologist, families’ psychotherapist , founding president of Serbian Association for Psycho-oncology National Institute for oncology and radiology Serbia, Pediatric oncology Ward, Belgrade Teaching assistant on the “Mental health and Health psychology” on the Faculty of Philosophy, Department for clinical psychology, University of Belgrade
There are only two psychologist s in oncology practice , who work with adult patients.
For example, there are seven oncology centers in Serbia but unfortunately, not single one ha s organized psycho-oncology unit for psychological and social support for cancer patients and their families.
2. There are few theoretical works in psycho-oncology , f ew scientific articles , f ew research works ,f ew specialized books and translations in this field
4. Medical doctors, oncologists, radiotherapist s , oncology nurses do not have necessary education and continual training programs in effective communication skills and empathy, burn-out syndrome and how to cope with, competence in communication and how to work in multi - disciplinary team.
We established Serbian Association for Psycho-oncology – SAPO in 2007
The m ain problem is that w e don`t have support of governmental institutions (especially the Ministry of Health Care), because they don `t recognize psychological needs of cancer patients (children and adults) and their families .
Psychological workshops are method of psychological, psycho-educational and psycho -t herapeutical group work with children and adolescents of various age.
Method of support during which ill children and adolescent through circular exchange, through play and role-play, try discussion obtain new experience leading to new realizations and all of it stimulating their further psychological development