CCB Portal Please support MJHS Institute
Facebook Twitter YouTube LinkedIn

Professor’s Rounds:
Meaning-Centered Psychotherapy: Treating Despair at the End of Life

This webinar is presented in collaboration with the
National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization.

Funding Disclosure: No commercial funding has been accepted for the activity.

Date and Time: November 13, 2018, 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM ET (Live)

Location: Online at

Speaker Name and Title:
William Breitbart, MD, FAPA, FAPM, FAPOS
Jimmie C. Holland Chair in Psychiatric Oncology
Chief, Psychiatry Service, Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

Purpose: Participants in this webinar will be introduced to Meaning-Centered Psychotherapy (MCP), a novel, existentially oriented psychotherapy which focuses on sustaining and enhancing meaning in advanced cancer patients. MCP is based on the work of Viktor Frankl, and was developed by Dr. Breitbart and the faculty of the Psychotherapy Laboratory in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. MCP has been tested in four large randomized controlled trials, and shown effective in decreasing anxiety, depression, hopelessness, desire for hastened death, physical symptom distress, and improving quality of life and spiritual well-being via the mechanism of increasing a sense of meaning. MCP is an NCI designated Research-Tested Intervention Program. Participants in the webinar will be introduced to the theoretical framework of MCP and to the structure and process of delivering MCP as an intervention to advanced cancer patients.


  1. Explain the importance of meaning, as a component of spiritual well-being, and its relationship to depression, hopelessness, and desire for death
  2. Examine a structured, didactic, and experiential 7-8 session intervention for cancer patients aimed at sustaining or enhancing a sense of meaning in the face of advanced illness
  3. Explore novel adaptations of MCP for cancer caregivers, and for bereavement
Target Audience: palliative care specialists, pain specialists, primary care providers, nurse practitioners, registered nurses, advanced practice nurses, registered nurses with a specialty in palliative care/hospice, social workers, allied health professionals, fellows, residents, and medical students.

Criteria for Successful Completion:
    1. Attendance at entire session (mandatory for nurses and social workers)
    2. Submission of completed evaluation form (mandatory to receive CE/CME credit for MDs, nurses, 
        social workers)
    3. Successful completion of a posttest; 80% passing grade (mandatory to receive CE credit for social 

Continuing Education Credits: 1.0

Continuing Education Accreditation:

Physicians: This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO) and MJHS. NHPCO is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

NHPCO designates this live activity for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 credit™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Nurses: NHPCO is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s (ANCC) Commission on Accreditation.

NHPCO designates this live activity for a maximum of 1.0 contact hour. Nurses should claim only the contact hours commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. Accredited status by ANCC refers only to continuing nursing education and does not imply endorsement of any commercial product discussed in conjunction with this activity.

Social Workers: MJHS Institute for Innovation in Palliative Care SW CPE is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #0242.

Certificate of Participation for Non-Physician Healthcare Professionals: For participants* whose disciplines are other than nurse, social worker (in New York State), and physician, you may request a Certificate of Participation for Non-Physician Healthcare Professionals to submit to your accrediting bodies/licensing boards for continuing education credit. This certificate will indicate the webinar was certified for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)TM. It is the responsibility of participants to submit the certificates to their accrediting bodies/licensing boards for approval. Unfortunately, NHPCO cannot guarantee its acceptance. To receive this certificate, you must complete all CE/CME requirements and indicate your desire to receive this certificate on the evaluation form. 

*including finance professionals, physician assistants, social workers outside of New York State, etc.

Individual: $45 (includes CME/CE certificate)
Group: $145 (includes unlimited CME/CE certificates)

Note to Groups:
If you plan to attend as a group, the group facilitator should register for the webinar. After registering, group facilitators will receive detailed email instructions on how to process CME/CE credits for group attendees. Please email or call (212) 649-5500 with additional questions.

Attending by Smartphone:
No dial-in (i.e., listen only) connections are permitted for CME/CE credit. To attend by phone, download and install the GoToWebinar App from the Apple Store or Google Play.

System Requirements for Computers and Mobile Devices:

William Breitbart, MD, FAPA, FAPM, FAPOS, has no financial arrangements or affiliations with any commercial entities whose products, research or services may be discussed in these materials. Any discussion of investigational or unlabeled uses of a product will be identified.

Russell K. Portenoy, MD, Faculty and Planner, has indicated a relationship with Tabula Rasa for research support.

No other Planning Committee Member has any disclosures. 

Planning Committee Members
Barbara Bouton, MA, FT
Colleen Fleming-Damon, PhD, ANP-BC, ACHPN, FT
Steven R. Gardner, MPA, PAHM
Myra Glajchen, DSW
Jennifer Kennedy, RN, MA, BSN, CHC
Russell K. Portenoy, MD
Karen Richards, PhD, EdS
Wini Schein, BA