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The Center for Women and Community (formerly the Everywoman’s Center) at the University of Massachusetts offers a training for volunteer counselor advocates, who work with those who have experienced sexual, physical and emotional abuse or violence.

The advocates are trained to provide individual peer counseling and support, 24-hour emergency crisis intervention and medical and police advocacy. No prior experience is needed.

Training starts Sept. 9; applications are being accepted now. For more information or to apply, visit http://www.umass.edu/ewc/work” and click on opportunities. For more information, call (413)545-0883.


A free lecture, Managing Psychiatric Disorders in Patients with Cancer, featuring Dr. Joseph A. Greer of Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center, will be held Thursday, 6 to 7 p.m., in the Dakin Conference Room at Cooley Dickinson Hospital.

Greer will discuss the characteristics and treatment of the most common psychiatric disorders that patients with cancer experience, including adjustment, anxiety and depression. Dr. Sean Mullally, medical director of the Cooley Dickinson Hospital Cancer Care Program, will also participate.

To register, visit www.cooley-dickinson.org/classes or call (888) 554-4CDH.


The Hospice of the Fisher Home in Amherst has received a grant to offer therapeutic harp playing for its residents.

Priscilla White, the hospice’s social worker who arranges the harp performances, says music brings peace and tranquility to patients.

The Marceau Fund for the Terminally Ill, based in California, was created by William T. Marceau in memory of his parents, Albert and Lillian, who valued music in their lives. For more information about the harp program, call 549-0115.

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