Dignity Therapy Training: Two and Half Day Workshop

Dignity Therapy Training: Two and Half Day Workshop
Type: Workshop
Location: Brisbane, QLD
Presenter: Dr Brenda Bentley
Level: Advanced
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 life-limiting condition.

Workshop Overview: Dignity Therapy Training

Dignity Therapy is a life review psychotherapy where people with a life-limiting condition document important memories and leave messages for their loved ones. The therapy focuses on creating a legacy document to alleviate end-of-life distress. Dignity therapy enhances the quality of life of people near death, and also moderates the bereavement experience of their family members.

Workshop/Short Course:

This 2 and 1⁄2 day workshop will provide comprehensive training for palliative and aged 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).

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

  • Review the history and development of Dignity Therapy
  • Examine and appraise the evidence supporting Dignity Therapy as an end-of-life psychotherapeutic intervention
  • Demonstrate an understanding of how to practice Dignity Therapy in clinical settings
  • Identify potential ethical issues and discuss how to practice Dignity Therapy ethically
  • Recognise the importance of self-care during Dignity Therapy practice and develop self- care strategies.

The Presenter: 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.  

Workshop Details

Venue: Karstens Brisbane
Level 24, 215 Adelaide Street
Brisbane, QLD, 4000

Dates and Times:

Wednesday 21 October 2020 | 1.00pm - 5.00pm
Thursday 22 October 2020 | 9.00am - 5.00pm
Friday 23 October 2020 | 9.00am - 5.00pm


Early Bird Pricing: These prices will end two weeks before the date of the workshop. After this date the Standard pricing will be applied.

ACGB Members: $718
Non-members: $936

Standard Pricing: 

ACGB members: $918.00
Non-members: $1066.00


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.

21/10/2020 - 23/10/2020
Karstens Brisbane Level 24, 215 Adelaide Street Brisbane QLD 4000 AUSTRALIA

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