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
Dr Brenda Bentley is a registered clinical counsellor who specialises in providing psychosocial support to people with life-limiting conditions and their family members. She is a senior lecturer at Murdoch University in the postgraduate counselling program where she formerly served as the discipline head. Her research focus is on improving wellbeing for patients and families at the end of life and into bereavement. Brenda is a registered Clinical Counsellor with the Australian Counselling Association and the Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia. She is also certified Counselling Supervisor who supports counsellors who work with people and families confronting illness and death.
Cancellation and Refund Policy
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: Thursday November 15th at 11:59pm