Workshop Overview: Dignity Therapy training
Dignity Therapy is a life review psychotherapy where people document important memories and leave messages for their loved ones. It focuses on creating a legacy document to alleviate end-of-life distress. This workshop will provide comprehensive training for people who wish to perform Dignity Therapy. The course combines theory with interactive learning activities including group discussions, recording and editing interviews, and examining case studies presented by Dignity Therapy practitioners.
Workshop/Short Course: This 2 and ½ day workshop will provide comprehensive training for palliative care workers to perform the dignity therapy intervention. It will include a summary of the evidence base, along with interactive learning activities, comprising group discussion, short video clips, case studies presented by dignity therapy practitioners, and practical activities. There will be additional time for breaks (lunch and morning/afternoon tea).
Target Audience: The workshop is suitable for allied health professionals such as counsellors, psychologists, social workers, pastoral care workers, doctors, nurses and care workers providing support or psychosocial care for people who have a terminal illness.
1. Review the history and development of Dignity Therapy
2. Examine and appraise the evidence supporting Dignity Therapy as an end-of-life psychotherapeutic intervention.
3. Demonstrate an understanding of how to practice Dignity Therapy in clinical settings.
4. Identify potential ethical issues and discuss how to practice Dignity Therapy ethically.
5. Recognise the importance of self-care during Dignity Therapy practice and develop self-care strategies.
Presenter Bio: Dr Brenda Bentley
Cancellation and Refund Policy
Dr Brenda Bentley has worked as a counsellor and psychotherapist in palliative care in the US and Australia. She was trained in dignity therapy in Canada by Dr Harvey Chochinov in 2010 and assisted him at a training workshop in Australia in 2012. Brenda completed a PhD (psychology) examining the use of dignity therapy with people who have motor neurone disease and their family carers in 2014. Since that time, she has worked as an educator and researcher at Murdoch University where she served as the head of postgraduate counselling courses from 2015 to 2017. Her most recent project has been examining how to provide dignity therapy using e-health methods. She has published widely on dignity therapy, including a soon-to-be published narrative review of dignity therapy research for Australian Psychologist.
Location: Australian Centre for Grief and Bereavement
253 Wellington Road
Mulgrave VIC 3170
Dates and Times: Monday November 19th: 1:30pm - 5:30pm
Tuesday November 20th: 9:00am - 4:30pm
Wednesday November 21st: 9:00am - 5:00pm
Prices (inclusive of all three days including meals):
ACGB Member: $918
The Australian Centre for Grief and Bereavement reserves the right to cancel education programs that do not achieve minimum participation, in which case all fees will be refunded.
Registration cancellations will not be accepted unless made in writing to the centre. Cancellations made more than thirty (30) days prior to the event date will be refunded less 25% of the registration fee to cover administration costs.
No registration refunds will be made after this date. Please note: The full invoiced amount will still be payable in the event of non-attendance on the day.
Registrations Close: Monday November 12th at 11:59pm