Kerry Cox Irish, LCSW, OSW-C, has worked in oncology and hospice-care settings since 1995, and was intimately involved in the creation & development of the Patrick Dempsey Center for Cancer Hope and Healing in Lewiston, ME as co-founder and founding Director. She served in this capacity until October 2010, when she decided to “return to her roots” in direct practice as a clinical social worker.
Kerry has her Master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Georgia and is also an ordained interfaith/interspiritual minister, having completed a two year seminary program at One Spirit Interfaith Seminary in New York in 2015. She has advanced certifications in oncology social work and interactive guided imagery, and has published and also presented at multiple local and national conferences on a variety of psychosocial oncology care-related topics. In 2016, she will be awarded the American Cancer Society’s national “Quality of Life” award at the Association of Oncology Social Work conference in Tampa, FL.
Kerry’s practice is rooted in a holistic, strengths-based perspective. Her specialties include navigating the challenges and opportunities presented by serious illness, including stress, anxiety, depression, grief and loss, faith and spirituality, life transitions, and personal growth. She incorporates meditation, guided imagery, narrative therapy, spirituality, and reminiscence/life review techniques into her work with clients and routinely presents on these topics to both professionals and to those impacted by cancer.
Kerry lives with her husband and two children, Jacob and Lilia, in Norway, Maine, and enjoys hiking, running, cross-country skiing, cooking, reading and writing. She is currently writing a book for people living with advanced cancer.
Topics: Caregiver Support; Coping Techniques; Coping with Advanced Cancer; End of Life Care; Mind Body Relaxation Techniques; Psychosocial Care Practice; Social Work Practice; Spirituality; and Stress Management.