Managing misbehaviour can be a challenge – especially when you have a child with cancer or another chronic or life-threatening health condition. This presentation will address building a strong relationship with your child, helping your child handle adversity, setting rules and routines, encouraging behaviour you like, and understanding and managing misbehaviour. We will discuss typical development and special considerations for children who are on treatment or post-treatment, as well as their siblings.
This talk, followed by Q & A, will be provided by guest speakers Dr. Melanie Khu, psychologist at the Alberta Children’s Hospital (ACH) in the Hematology, Oncology, and BMT program, and ACH Psychology Resident Ms. Sharon Hou.
About Dr. Melanie Khu.
Dr. Melanie Khu (Ph.D., R.Psych.) is a psychologist at the Alberta Children’s Hospital (ACH) in the Hematology, Oncology, and BMT program. Dr. Khu completed her doctoral training through the University of Calgary’s Clinical Psychology program. She completed her pre-doctoral residency at the IWK Health Centre in Halifax, NS, and completed post-doctoral training at the ACH. Dr. Khu specializes in psychosocial adjustment to chronic and life-threatening illnesses, providing inpatient psychology pediatric consultation and liaison to medical teams, and assessment and treatment of internalizing disorders, including anxiety, depression, and trauma.
About Sharon Hou
Sharon Hou is a Psychology Resident at ACH and a PhD Candidate in Clinical Psychology at the University of Guelph. Currently, Sharon’s clinical training is focused on the assessment and treatment of children and adolescents experiencing a range of medical and psychological issues. She is particularly interested in working with youths requiring complex care, including those experiencing chronic and life-threatening illnesses, as well as acute and severe mental health issues. Sharon’s research interests broadly lie within the area of cross-cultural psychology. For her doctoral dissertation, she is examining the influence of parent-child relationship quality on immigrant families’ acculturation process in relation to their well-being.