Our Program Model

As an affiliate of the Cancer Support Community, CSC-SCT brings an internationally recognized program model to the people of Southern Connecticut who need our services.

We seek to ensure that all people affected by cancer are

  • Empowered by knowledge
  • Strengthened by action
  • Sustained by community

CSC-SCT is a therapeutic community.  We work hard to establish and maintain solid relationships with the medical community and other community resources.  We are not an “alternative” treatment, rather, we are integrative to conventional care.  We do not support extensive criticism of doctors or the healthcare system, and we do not advocate any one particular type of treatment.

What makes us unique

CSC operates in a warm, home-like environment.  We focus solely on cancer, of all types, and understand that cancer affects those who have been diagnosed and their families, friends, and loved ones, all of whom are welcome to participate in the CSC-SCT program.

We offer a wide range of programming, all focused on providing social and emotional support.  Members are encouraged, in consultation with a professionally licensed counselor, to assemble the set of activities that meets their personal needs and interests.

Our program has five core components:

  • Support
    Our licensed professionals work with each member individually to develop a personalized plan.  We offer in-person group sessions, topical networking groups for different types of cancer, and online support options.
  • Education
    Includes lectures and workshops about cancer and its treatments as well as programs that enhance life skills and coping.  All are presented by experts.
  • Healthy Lifestyle
    Includes mind/body programs, exercise classes, and nutrition workshops.
  • Social Opportunities
    Includes varied activities from jokefests to knitting circles to book clubs to potlucks – and evolves with the preferences of the active community.
  • Information and Referrals
    Includes a resource library and computer access for self-directed research, as well as referrals to local services.

Our program is designed to have components to meet the needs of members, both those with a personal diagnosis and those impacted by the cancer of family, friends and loved ones, across the cancer continuum. Members may join at any time: newly diagnosed; in treatment; post treatment; long term survivorship; end of life/bereavement.

ALL of our programs are:

  • Free of charge to members
  • Led by professional facilitators and experts in particular fields
  • Evidence-based

Our programs are designed to enhance self-awareness, increase personal responsibility for decision making during treatment, support attitudes and emotions that embrace the entire spectrum of feelings (positive and negative), and increase meaningful relationships, including those with the healthcare team.  All of these outcomes have been proven to be valuable to psychosocial health and well-being – a critically important but often overlooked element of life during treatment and post-treatment.