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Upcoming Programs

New programs to our April 2017 calendar:

  • Educational Series:   
    The Speaker Is In - Steffanie Medica , MA  - Wednesday, April 5, 2017 - noon-1:30pm - see below for details!
  • Grief Support Group - Alternating Wednesdays at 3:00pm
  • Potluck Lunch Socials - Next one will be in April 19 - 12:15
  • Register for any of these or other event through our calendar link

Wednesday, April 5th ~ 12:00-1:30pm

Family Conflict & Communication

Get the Inside Scoop on:

"Family Conflict & Communication"

with Steffanie Medina, MA

Written by: Jamie Nolan-Dunn, CSC Program Director

(See Below for Full Story)

  • Cancer often strains families and can create or worsen conflict and stress
  • It's common to avoid conflict but it often doesn't resolve without specific attention
  • Conflict can come in many forms: heated and angry or subtle, silent, and deeply painful
  • Conflict can be an opportunity for lasting change- it's a "call to creativity!"
  • Come get support, guidance, and tools to address it from a professional mediator
  • Conflict is tough to talk about but what are the consequences of not? Don't miss this!

Join Steffanie on Wednesday, April 5th 12:00-1:30pm to get the conversation started

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Expanded Thoughts...

There are few things we all shy away from more than conflict, so much so that our culture has given us a label: "I'm conflict avoidant." What this concept speaks to is the natural fear, discomfort, and anger that often accompany conflict as we imagine it. Not all conflict is heated and angry. Its impact is often experienced as deeply painful and silent. Both forms can be destructive and they rarely resolve without specific attention.

One of my favorite professors in Graduate School often said to us as training therapists that, "Conflict is a call to creativity!" I've attempted to embrace this in my professional and personal life, but I get's a difficult thing to see conflict as a positive opportunity when it's so uncomfortable.

The truth is that cancer can make family dynamics messy, emotional, challenging, and often exhausting. For those of you impacted by cancer yourself or in your family, this is likely something you're familiar with and it's very common to feel overwhelmed and lost as to how to address it. Cancer tends to push underlying family pain and conflict right to the surface and forces us to confront it or bury it, neither of which feels safe or comfortable to do. This often results in feelings of shame. Just as the time arrives when we need support the most; we are more disconnected than ever.

What if there was a different way through the conflict? What if we could get support, guidance, and tools to address it from a professional who focuses on the common difficulties that arise amongst family members when a cancer diagnosis comes along?

Taking the lesson from my favorite professor, I encourage you to get creative about what challenges you in your relationships! Let's be proactive as a community to change the conversation and intervene in a way that gives us a sense of greater control at a time when cancer seems to strip us of all our power.

Join Steffanie on Wednesday, April 5th 12:00-1:30pm to get the conversation started.

Steffanie Medina, MA is the Director of Training and Communication at Wilshire Health and Community Services. She leads the development and administration of Training and Facilitation Programs for Creative Mediation. With a background in Psychology and Child Development, as well as a Master's degree in Educational Counseling, Steffanie provides expertise in family systems, the psychology of conflict, and organizational training and facilitation.


Jamie Dunn (Nolan), MA, MFT

Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist #83669

RSVP Required. Click here or call 805-238-4411.

Upcoming Fundraising Events

  • Pre-Mother's Day Trunk Show and Sale - May 10, 2017


Oct. 24, 2016

Cancer Support Community was awarded last week the Annual Achievement Award of the Association of Community Cancer Centers (ACCC) for outstanding contributions nationally to cancer care and to patients with cancer.

Full press release

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