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Pediatric Psycho-Oncology Professionals
Sokhna Ndiaye

First Name: Sokhna

Last Name: Ndiaye

Position Title: Manager for the Psychological Support Project, Pediatric Oncology Unit (Hopital Aristide LeDantec, Dakar, Senegal)

Job Responsibilities: Combination of Research and Patient Care, Staff Training

Education/Training: Psychology

About Me/My interests: I am interested in learning how to shape a project for psychotherapeutic support on a pediatric oncology unit; and have it validated and funded.

I am also interested in acquiring skills necessary for offering support and accompanying children with cancer and their families. This includes dealing with the children’s symptoms (pain, suffering, anxiety, fear, sleeplessness, restlessness… etc) and their difficulties on the unit (rejection of care, aggressively towards staff, trauma developed from care… etc). I am interested in learning how to integrate the families appropriately in the care, helping them strengthen their foundation and deal with their new reality.

Also, I find it important to teach the staff working on this unit how to be become better caregivers and how to care for themselves as well.

Another interesting skill to develop would be how to use my experience (which is pioneering) and transform it in writing or material that can used elsewhere.

It would be enriching to visit other pediatric oncology units around the world in other to observe their functioning, see what can be useful and transferable on my unit, and share my experience on our unit with them.

Training Opportunities: No

My Contact Information:
Address: B.P. 157, Dakar, SENEGAL
Email: ndiayesokhna@gmail.com
Cellphone: + 221 77 637 14 43

Topics of Interest for Collaboration: Palliative care/ end of life support, psychosocial services, anxiety and distress management, caregiver well-being.

Publications that may be of interest to others:  

Poster presentation at IPOS 2011 meeting: “When helping hurts: a qualitative evaluation of burn-out in professionals working on a pediatric oncology unit in Senegal (West Africa).”

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