Maria Chi, MSW, LCSW-R
Social Work Internship Program Director
Maria oversees CancerCare’s Social Work Intern Program and is a clinical supervisor. Additionally, she provides counseling to people affected by cancer. She is a member of the Association of Oncology Social Work (AOSW), National Association of Social Workers (NASW) and International Network on Personal Meaning (INPM). In addition, she is in her second year of the Doctorate in Social Welfare (DSW) Program at NYU Silver School of Social Work.
- Seminar in Field Instruction (SIFI) at Hunter College Silberman School of Social Work
- Post-Master’s Certificate Program in Clinical Supervision at NYU Silver School of Social Work
- Cognitive-Behavior Therapy Training for Cancer Clinicians at Mt. Sinai School of Medicine
- Basic Concepts in Psychodynamic Psychotherapy Certificate at Training Institute for Mental Health
Presentations and publications:
- Chi, M. (2016). “Using cognitive-behavioral therapy principles in daily patient interactions.” Oncology Nurse Advisor.
- Co-presented poster entitled “Improving body image after cancer treatments: Assessing the effectiveness of an online mindfulness-based therapy (‘Me-Therapy’)” at the 7th Annual Appearance Matters Conference, hosted by Centre for Appearance Research, London, England, June 2016.
- Co-presented workshop entitled “When Death Comes Knocking at the Door: Honoring End-of-Life Work in a Social Work Field Placement” at Fordham University’s Graduate School of Social Service, Oct 2016.
- “Oncology Social Work Field Education: An Insider’s Perspective,” presentation at the Association of Oncology Social Work (AOSW) Annual Conference in Baltimore (2014)
- “From Declaring War to Calling a Truce: The Clinical Value of Non-Warfare Metaphors in Coping with Cancer,” poster presentation at AOSW Annual Conference in Boston (2012)
- “Psychosocial Challenges on the Cancer Journey: Walking with Your Client,” presentation at Harris, Rothenberg International, Inc. in NYC (2012)
- “Changing Roles & Responsibilities of Caregivers,” presentation at Annual Conference Living with Cancer: Confronting the Challenge at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in NYC (2013)
- “CancerCare Support Services,” panelist at Breast Cancer in Women of Color Conference at NYU Langone Medical Center in NYC (2013)
- “Coping with the Stresses of Caregiving When Your Loved One Has Multiple Myeloma,” speaker on Connect Education Workshop (2013)
- Ezra, L. & Chi, M. (2015). “When the other shoe drops: The unique fears and challenges of recurrent disease.” In G. Christ, C. Messner & L. Behar (Eds), Handbook of Oncology Social Work. Oxford University Press
Maria shares, “I feel privileged to work for such a unique organization, one that provides free services to people in a great time of need. I’ve also been lucky to work with knowledgeable colleagues who truly care about their clients. Most importantly, I feel fortunate to be helping people travel through their cancer experiences, figure out what can be changed and accept what can’t, and maximize the sense of choice and quality in their lives, whether that be one month or one year after a cancer diagnosis or the loss of a loved one. Most rewarding to me is when clients realize they don’t have to go through their experience with loss or cancer alone. ”