What is the IPODE project?

Our Vision is to be a world leader in the provision of excellent, innovative, interprofessional psychosocial oncology education to enhance the capacity of health care professionals to provide person-centered cancer care.

We accomplish this by:

  1. Providing a sustained national network for the exchange of ideas among clinicians, education researchers and educators.
  2. Fostering excellence in interprofessional education using web-based platforms.
  3. Creating active learning communities grounded in social constructionism and interpretive pedagogies
  4. Creating education products that support translation of best evidence in psychosocial oncology, incorporating attention to new guidelines and standards as these emerge
  5. Creating university elective and continuing education courses.
  6. Fostering leadership among students.
  7. Advocating for funding support in order to reduce education cost barriers for health professionals.

The IPODE courses are offered as graduate level electives through partner universities and as continuing education (CE) options. Our courses combine independent learning activities with real-time, weekly seminars for small, interprofessional groups of learners. The courses provide participants with opportunities to examine theory, research and clinical practice in psychosocial oncology and to develop expertise in interprofessional collaboration for person-centered practice.

Contact us: [email protected]

About CAPO

The IPODE Project is an initiative of the Education Committee, the Canadian Association of Psychosocial Oncology/ Association Canadienne d’Oncologie Psychosociale (CAPO/ACOP). CAPO/ACOP is a multidisciplinary professional association and charity that was established in 1985, incorporated in 1987, and achieved charitable status in 2003. The purpose of the Association is to foster and encourage interdisciplinary excellence in psychosocial research, education and clinical practice in oncology.

The objectives of the Corporation are: To educate and disseminate information on all aspects of psychosocial oncology including promoting the efficiency and effectiveness of registered charities as recognized by Canada Customs and Revenue Agency regarding psychosocial oncology, by:

  1. conducting conferences and workshops educating professionals, health personnel and the public in clinical skills and theoretical concepts in psychosocial oncology;
  2. preparing and disseminating educational material to the public and health care professionals across Canada on all aspects of psychosocial oncology;
  3. providing a national network for the exchange of ideas; and
  4. establishing a library of educational materials concerning all aspects of psychosocial oncology.


Project reports and many other resources about interprofessional health collaboration can be found on the Canadian Interprofessional Health Collaborative website.