Support Group and Workshops

Cancer Support Group & Survivor Support Group for Women

The Breast Cancer Resource Center offers free, twice a month (1st & 3rd Saturday) support group sessions for women dealing with a diagnosis or treatment of any type of cancer.

Women meet in a safe, non-judgmental, and warm environment where women dealing with a diagnosis of any type of cancer can find comfort and support each other while learning tools to cope with treatment. This is a place where you can let go without the stress of “trying to be strong” for your family, friends, or significant person in your life.

The session is designed to provide comfort and encouragement through discussions on topics such as treatment issues; cancer recurrences and metastases; work, family, and relationship changes and challenges; plus personal success stories.

The support group is held at the BCRC.  Kate Zeiss, a licensed social worker for over 25 years, facilitates the group session.  Kate focuses on supporting clients through various stages and challenges of cancer diagnosis and long-term illness. She has extensive experience in oncology support, and palliative patient care. She works to catalze each person in identifying their strenghts and building coping abilities.  Kate has also been instrumental in leading the BCRC retreat for women living with breast cancer.

When: 1st and 3rd Saturday of the month
Group 1: 9:30am to 11:00 am

Where: Breast Cancer Resource Center at 55 Hitchcock Way, Suite 101, Santa Barbara, CA 93105
No appointment necessary.

Support Group Facilitator:  Kate Zeiss, Ph.D., LCSW, ACHP-SW.  

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BCRC Interactive Workshops:

"CONNECTSaturday, April 28, 2018 at 10:00am-Noon at the BCRC. Kari Weber, Workshop facilitator and breast cancer survivor, former BCRC client will help you learn about free or low-cost wellness and adventure retreats, including job re-entry resources, and sholarship support to attend retreats. Connect with other breast cancer patients, women living with cancer, and survivors.  Seating is limited. Please contact BCRC 805-569-9693 or email [email protected] to participate and reserve a seat.

 "MEN SUPPORTING WOMEN WITH CANCER"  Workshop series on Thursday May 3, May 10, May 17, 2018 at the BCRC. We recognize the critical role that caregivers, husbands and partners play in a woman's success when coping and recovering from a cancer diagnosis. BCRC is offering free workshops on relevant caregiver tips, nutritious cooking class, advice on managing frustration or other emotions and navigating caring efforts over an extended period of time. Seating is limited. Please contact BCRC 805-569-9693 or email: [email protected]  to participate and reserve a seat.

Dr. Michael Vogel, MA, PhD., Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist will facilitate the sessions. Workshop guest speakers and topics include:

  • May 3 - Bruce Anderson, PhD., Experienced Caregiver  "Practical Tips & Resources". Offering tips on comfort and essenital organization.
  • May 10 - Chef LeiLani Wyatt, cancer survivor and expert in nutritous cooking: "Survival Cooking".  Learn how to prepare a easy, healthy meal. Class held at Trinity Luthern Church (Kitchen) at 909 La Cumbre Road, SB 93110.
  • May 17 - Richard Hutton, experienced caregiver, adjuct professor, and film producer: "Living As A Survivor" . Offering practical advice and tools to bulid long term caregiving stamina and supporting your loved one.



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Cocktails for a Cause: Pink Sunset Soiree

Thursday, October 25, 2018
Kimpton Canary Hotel, Santa Barbara
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Sunday, December 9, 2018
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BCRC Presents

Friday, September 13, 2019
Rosewood Miramar Beach, Montecito
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With your support, the Breast Cancer Resource Center continues to provide daily services, access to an amazing resource library, free educational community lectures, support groups, and a suite of complementary care and integrative therapy services.