Meaning-Centered Psychotherapy in the Cancer Setting: Finding Meaning and Hope in the Face of Suffering

ISBN : 9780199837229

William S. Breitbart
424 ページ
178 x 254 mm

Meaning-Centered-Psychotherapy in the Cancer Setting provides a theoretical context for Meaning-Centered Psychotherapy (MCP), a non-pharmalogic intervention which has been shown to enhance meaning and spiritual well-being, increase hope, improve quality of life, and significantly decrease depression, anxiety, desire for hastened death, and symptom burden distress in the cancer setting. Based on the work of Viktor Frankl and his concept of logotherapy, MCP is an innovative intervention for clinicians practicing in fields of Psycho-oncology, Palliative Care, bereavement, and cancer survivorship. This volume supplements two treatment manuals, Meaning-Centered Group Psychotherapy (MCGP) for Patients with Advanced Cancer and Individual Meaning -Centered Psychotherapy (IMCP) for Patients with Advanced Cancer by Dr. Breitbart, which offer a step-wise outline to conducting a specific set of therapy sessions. In addition to providing a theoretical background on the MCP techniques provided in the treatment manuals, this volume contains chapters on adapting MCP for different cancer-related populations and for different purposes and clinical problems including: interventions for cancer survivors, caregivers of cancer patients, adolescents and young adults with cancer, as a bereavement intervention, and cultural and linguistic applications in languages such as Mandarin, Spanish, and Hebrew.


1. The Existential Framework of Meaning-Centered Psychotherapy
2. Meaning-Centered Group Psychotherapy for Advanced Cancer Patients
3. Individual Meaning-Centered Psychotherapy for Advanced Cancer Patients
4. Meaning-Centered Group Psychotherapy for Breast Cancer Survivors
5. Meaning-Centered Group Psychotherapy for Cancer Survivors
6. Meaning-Centered Psychotherapy for Cancer Caregivers
7. Meaning-Centered Grief Therapy
8. Adapting Meaning Centered Psychotherapy for Adolescents and Young Adults with Cancer: Issues of Meaning and Identity
9. Adapting Meaning-Centered Psychotherapy in the Palliative Care Setting: Meaning-Centered Psychotherapy- Palliative Care (MCP-PC)
10. Cultural and Linguistic Adaptation of Meaning-Centered Psychotherapy for Chinese Cancer Patients
11. Cultural and Linguistic Adaptation of Meaning-Centered Psychotherapy for Spanish Speaking Latino Cancer Patients
12. Adaptation of Meaning Centered Group Psychotherapy (MCGP) in the Israeli Context: The Process of Importing an Intervention and Preliminary Results
13. Replication Study of Meaning-Centered Group Psychotherapy in Spain: Cultural and Linguistic Challenges
14. Enhancing Meaning at Work and Preventing Burnout: The Meaning-Centered Intervention for Palliative Care Clinicians
Appendix A: Transcripts of a full course of an 8 session Meaning-Centered Group Psychotherapy (MCGP) intervention with an exemplar group conducted as part of a randomized clinical trial
Appendix B: Transcripts of two full courses of a 7 session Individual Meaning-Centered Psychotherapy (IMCP) intervention with two exemplar patients conducted as part of a randomized clinical trial.


William Breitbart is the Chairman of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and the Jimmie C. Holland Chair in Psychiatric Oncology at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York, New York.