Miami Cancer Institute is pleased to offer the highly regarded Harvard Medical School, Benson-Henry Institute for Mind Body Medicine SMART program. This program is designed to assist patients who have completed cancer treatment by providing critical tools to help them cope with the experience of their diagnosis and treatment as well as adjust to life after treatment.

This 8-week workshop includes 2-hour group sessions each week which will help participants to:

  • Learn self-care techniques, through relaxation, mindful awareness and adaptive thought patterns
  • Reduce stress and physical/emotional symptoms associated with cancer and its treatment
  • Cope with and manage late effects of treatment
  • Promote a sense of control, optimism, acceptance and well-being

Program elements include:

  • Interactive sessions
  • Adaptive cognitive and behavioral skills training
  • Healthy lifestyle behaviors
  • Group learning

Enrollment details:

  • Pre-assessment consult with psychiatry is required to determine eligibility for enrollment.
  • $150 fee is due upon registration for workshop.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • This program is designed to assist patients who have completed cancer treatment by providing critical tools to help them cope with the experience of their diagnosis and treatment as well as adjust to life after treatment. During each group session, we will introduce a variety of mind-body strategies to help you adapt to and navigate some of the challenges that you may experience with the transition to cancer survivorship as well as other ongoing life challenges. We will also introduce other practical strategies for managing life stress and developing healthy physical activity, nutrition and sleep habits. You will be encouraged to practice these strategies regularly throughout each week.

  • The program is geared towards adults who have completed their cancer treatment, and their primary caregivers. For more information about whether this program is the right fit for you, please call us at 786-527-8359.

  • Conversations during sessions might naturally focus on the challenges of cancer survivorship. However, we also often talk about other chronic stressors and goals. Importantly, this program encourages you to set goals and build skills that will be most relevant to you.

  • This is an 8-week program and we invite participants to join for the full 8 weeks. New groups start approximately every 3 months. Please call us at 786-527-8359 for information about the next group start date.

  • We understand that things often come up that may make it difficult for you to attend – that’s ok! If you have to miss a session, let your group facilitator know prior to the session either via email or phone. Several sessions do build on skills learned from earlier sessions, so we encourage you to review any missed material before the next session.

  • Yes, we offer the program to adults who receive their cancer care at Miami Cancer Institute.

  • There is a one-time $150 fee due upon registration. This includes a participant manual which you will receive during the first group session.

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