Workshop on Meaning-Centered Psychotherapy given by its creator, Dr William Breitbart MD, Head of the Psychiatric Oncology Service at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, New York.  

Dates:  17th and 18th  April 2023 

Place:  Yusuf Hamied Centre, Benalmadena Málaga (Spain)

Organized by: CUDECA Hospice Foundation, Cancer Care Foundation in collaboration with the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (MSKCC).

Language: English and spanish

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Monday, 17th April 2023

08.00-09.00 Registration

09:00-09:30 Welcome and introduction of Faculty and Participants

09:30-11:00 Lecture:

Overview of Meaning Centered Psychotherapy in Cancer Patients

Dr. William Breitbart

11:00-11:30 Coffee Break

11:30-12:30 MCP Training:

Experiential Workshop Sessions Brief Introduction to MCP Experiential Exercises

Dr. William Breitbart


12:30-13:30 Workshop 1: Concepts & Sources of Meaning.

Group Experiential Exercise

13:30-14:30 Workshop 2: Identity & Cancer.

Group Experiential Exercise 

14:30-16:00 Lunch Break


16:00-17:00 Workshop 3: Attitudinal Sources of Meaning.

Group Experiential Exercise

17:00-17:30 Coffee Break

17:30-18:30 Workshop 4: Creative Sources of Meaning.

Group Experiential Exercise

18:30-19:00 End of Day Remarks- Schedule for Day 2 

Francisco Gil and Tirso Ventura

Tuesday, 18th April 2023

9:00 – 14:00 Round table.

Experiences in MCP – Moderator: Dr. William Breitbart

MCP and Existential Care – Dra. Guida da Ponte

MCP and Compassion – Dr. Francisco Gil

MCP and Caregivers – Dra. Beatriz Moreno

MCP and Essential Care – Dr. Tirso Ventura

Discussion and Questions with Faculty and Trainees.

13.30-14.00 Conclusions and the future of MCP

Dr. William Breitbart

14:00: Tapas Lunch

Prize: 250€


Dr. William Breitbart, MD, PhD

Chairman, the Jimmie C. Holland Chair in Psychiatric Oncology, and Attending Psychiatrist.  

Psychiatry Service, in the Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, New York.


Dra. Guida da Ponte, MD, PhD

Psychiatrist – Liaison Psychiatry – Department of Psychiatry and Mental Health, Centro Hospitalar Barreiro-Montijo; Medical School of Lisbon, University of Lisbon, Portugal;

Fellowship in Palliative Care – Institute of Palliative Medicine, Kerala, India (WHO Collaborating Centre)

President of Psycho-Oncology Section – Portuguese Society of Psychiatry and Mental Health.


Dr. Francisco Gil,  PhD

Head, Psycho-Oncology Department, Institut Català d'Oncologia.  

Associate Professor, Tecnocampus, University Pompeu Fabra.                               Institut d'Investigació Biomédica de Bellvitge (IDIBELL) 


Dra. Beatriz Moreno,  PhD

Clinical Psychologist and Psycho-oncologist.

Regional Office for the Coordination of Palliative Care, Community of Madrid. Madrid Health Service.

Professor, Faculty of Psychology, University Complutense Madrid


Dr. Tirso Ventura, MD, PhD

Psychiatrist Liaison Psychiatry, Psycho-Oncology Unit. Servicio Aragonés de Salud, Spain.

Associate Professor of Psychiatry, University of Zaragoza, Spain. 

Palliative Care without Borders.