Loss and Grief Relating To Ability, Ageing and Dementia

Loss and Grief Relating To Ability, Ageing and Dementia
Type: Workshop
Location: Adelaide, SA
Presenter: Margaret Sealey
Level: Introductory
Audience: Aged care workers, palliative care nurses, nurses, counsellors, social workers

Workshop Overview

When a family member is diagnosed with a form of dementia or Alzheimer’s disease, it’s likely that the losses have already begun some time before. Stretching ahead of family members and the person themselves is an uncertain future littered with loss and grief that both comes and goes and comes and stays.

This workshop will take participants through an exploration of the many facets of grief experienced by those affected by decrease in abilities, increase in age and dementia. We will consider the different needs of both the families/carers and the person themselves. Strategies will be offered to help people who support these families to engage in an active grieving process that acknowledges the losses experienced and the life of their loved one.

Learning Outcomes: At the conclusion of this workshop, participants will be able to:

Identify the varied losses associated with a decrease in abilities, an increase in ageing and dementia
Use an understanding of grief and loss theory to support family members
Identify and use strategies that allow an active engagement with the grief being experienced by individuals affected by a decrease in abilities, an increase in ageing and dementia
Utilise some simple communication tools to be able to work directly with individuals who are living with dementia and acknowledge their grief

Presenter Bio: Margaret Sealey

Margaret Sealey (PhD) is a Counsellor, educator, researcher and thanatologist who has worked with vulnerable populations in health settings (palliative care and oncology in particular) for 20 years. During this time she worked at various hospices, the Cancer Council WA, Motor Neurone Disease WA and Alzheimer’s Australia WA supporting clients and family members facing life limiting illness and dementia.

With a previous background as a registered Nurse, she has undertaken a Bachelor of Psychology (Hons) and postgraduate studies in Counselling. Her PhD research developed a bereavement risk assessment model for use in palliative care using action research.

Margaret is Certified in Thanatology: Death, Dying and Bereavement, a member of the Association of Death Education & Counselling (ADEC), the Australian Centre for Grief and Bereavement (ACGB), and Palliative Care WA (PCWA). She is a member of the Australian Psychological Society (MAPS), the Australian Counselling Association (ACA), and is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA), providing education in grief, loss and dementia to people affected by loss as well as the workforce sector. Presently she is a lecturer in the Discipline of Counselling at Murdoch University.
Workshop Details

Venue: International Visualisation Centre (IVC)
19 Young Street

Date: Monday, June 3rd 2019. 

Times: 9:30 am - 4:30 pm


ACGB member: $340.00
Non-member price: $395.00

Cancellation and Refund Policy

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.
3/06/2019 9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
International Visualisation Centre (IVC) 19 Young Street Adelaide SA 5000
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