We provide four core programs to cancer patients and their loved ones throughout Southwestern Ohio and Northern Kentucky (Brown, Butler, Clermont, Hamilton, and Warren counties in Ohio and Boone, Campbell, and Kenton counties in Kentucky) with additional service to counties in outlying areas whenever possible.
Center for Individual & Family Counseling (I&F). I&F provides psychosocial support through private and personalized 1-on-1, couples, and family counseling sessions. We focus on clients’ mental health and psychological, emotional, and social well-being. I&F counselors also share cancer-specific education; facilitate educational outreach support groups; and advocate for patients and families. I&F support is from the time of diagnosis through treatment, recovery, and survivorship, or grief/bereavement. I&F serves 800 clients through counseling and 200+ through educational outreach efforts every year.
Treehouse Children’s Services (Treehouse). Treehouse is offered free to any child ages 4-18 who is coping with cancer, be it their own or a loved one’s diagnosis or the death of a loved one from the disease. Services can include private 1-on-1 or family counseling, or school-based sessions (1-on-1 or group sessions with peers) plus no-cost supplemental programs like Camp Courage Youth Summer Camp, which promotes peer bonding through a one-day summer camp experience that is therapeutic and fun, and Walking the Dinosaur, which is a quarterly program in collaboration with Cancer Support Community that facilitates more effective communication between parents and children when a parent has a current cancer diagnosis. Counselors also provide outreach/education to school personnel and community groups. Treehouse serves 100+ children through counseling, 100 through supplemental programs, and 200+ school staff/community members through educational outreach annually. Our counseling programs are unique because they focus on helping each individual and family work towards goals they set for themselves. This personalized approach is critical as it gives some power back to cancer patients and their loved ones at a time when often they feel so powerless. Also our counseling sessions are private, offering a depth and intimacy of service that simply cannot be achieved in a support group setting. Indeed, our counselors guide conversations that encourage clients to open up and talk about what they are going through; what they want to achieve through counseling; and what their fears, worries, and concerns are. Being able to talk openly and honestly can be cathartic, helping clients come to terms with the “new normal” of living with life-threatening illness and/or coping with the different stages of grief. On average, 85% of our counseling participants note that they are able to maintain or improve coping regardless of the course of the disease. This is significant because clients can and do experience setbacks and loss while taking part in our counseling programs. But, we are able to help them stay emotionally strong. The value of this, for a family and each of its members, is beyond measure.
TELEPHONE HOTLINE SERVICES Coping Connection. This free telephone hotline and cancer helpline is available Monday through Friday from 8:30am-4:30pm. It is staffed by our counselors who answer questions, offer guidance, make referrals, and provide crisis intervention to anyone coping with cancer. Coping Connection also provides community outreach services. Coping Connection serves 1,000+ callers and 300+ community members every year.
QUALITY OF LIFE SERVICES Waddell Family Healing Hands Program (Healing Hands). This program provides free wigs and hair accessories and free oncology massage and/or Healing Touch sessions to cancer patients (and half-price massage and Healing Touch sessions for caregivers and family members). Healing Hands serves 100 wig clients, 200 oncology massage clients, and 100+ Healing Touch clients annually.