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2020 APOS Annual Conference



APOS is hard at work creating a dynamic virtual conference. We’re thrilled to release our first phase of session recordings!


We are more than thankful for the presenters who have taken the time to record their sessions thus far! Although we will continue recording sessions over the next few weeks, the sessions below are ready for viewing.

Please note: All sessions are eligible for CEUs, however, all hours must be claimed at once. The conference evaluation and CEU attestation portal will be released with the final phase of session recordings!


Live Keynote Session with Matthew Loscalzo, LCSW, FAPOS | March 23, 2020
Strategically Applying Your Existing Clinical and Research Skills to Leadership: Thinking Like a Program
Live Plenary Session with Anthony Back, MD | March 30, 2020
COVID-Ready Communication Skills: A Playbook of VitalTalk Tips
Recorded Sessions:
  • Podium Session: The Financial Burden of Cancer and the Value of Supportive Services
  •  Symposium Session: Reaching and Teaching: Innovative Approaches for Teaching Psychosocial Oncology Across the Career Span
  •  Symposium Session: Supporting Parents and Families Affected by Advanced Cancer: From End-Of-Life Care into Bereavement
  •  Symposium Session: Pediatric Psychosocial Standards of Care: Innovative Methods to Reduce Implementation Barriers
  •  Symposium Session: Providing Large Scale, Patient-Centered Oncology Supportive Care Services: Innovative Clinical, Business, and Digital Health Delivery Models
  •  Symposium Session: Expanding Human-Centered Cancer Care to Caregivers: Understanding and Promoting Cancer Caregiver Resilience
  • Symposium Session: Adolescent and Young Adult Training Competencies for the Psychosocial Provider
  • Symposium Session: Psychosocial Care for Patients With Brain Tumors
  • Symposium Session: Through the Caregivers’ Eyes: The Creation of Caregiver-Centric Supportive Care Interventions


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Here’s what you can expect.  The APOS 2020 Program Planning Committee is beginning to repackage the conference to ensure that our attendees can have a productive and pleasant conference experience.  We are working to roll out the virtual conference as follows:
Opening Session:with Vicki Kennedy, LCSW, FAPOS, FAOSW:  APOS President
Live Keynote Session:
Matthew Loscalzo, LCSW, FAPOS
March 23, 2020: 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM EDT
Strategically Applying Your Existing Clinical and Research Skills to Leadership: Thinking Like a Program
Live Plenary Session:
Anthony Back, MD
March 30: 3-4 EDT
COVID-Ready Communication Skills: A Playbook of VitalTalk Tips
Live Keynote Session:
Carly Parry, PhD, MSW, MA
April 9: 1:30 – 2:30 PM EDT
Opportunities for Impact: Fostering Innovation at the Intersections of Policy, Practice and Research
We are striving to have the majority of our symposia and podium sessions will be finished and recorded by mid-April to role out to attendees! 
Thank you for joining us on this exciting new journey! 

APOS Statement on Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

In response to the rapidly changing circumstances associated with the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19), the APOS Board of Directors has made the decision to cancel the 17th Annual Meeting scheduled to take place March 11-13, 2020 in Portland, Oregon. In doing so, the Board carefully weighed the risks to attendees and their families, colleagues, and patients. APOS feels strongly that cancelling the conference is the responsible action to take. The health and safety of attendees, exhibitors, and patients is its top priority.

Conference attendees come from multiple foreign countries and from across the United States. In its deliberations, the Board learned that many institutions have placed domestic travel bans on their employees for non-essential travel, inclusive of conferences. Other attendees have alerted APOS that they are concerned about traveling through Washington State and California, both states of emergency. Attendees have also cancelled their hotel rooms in anticipation of not attending the conference. The threat of spreading COVID-19 to immune-compromised patients is real, and it is critical that we each do as much as possible to prevent this from occurring. Thus, the decision is consistent with many attendees’ professional and personal deliberations.

We will be working diligently to provide you with a virtual  experience offering the scheduled scientific sessions and continuing education credits. Please stay tuned for additional details in the near future.  We thank you in advance for your understanding and patience as we work out the many details.