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2019 PD Program - August

Date Posted: 26-Feb-2019

Professional Development Program (PD Program) for Spiritual Care Practitioners: Education & Supervision
Our fifth PD Program session for 2019 will be held on Wednesday 14 August, from 9.30am onwards at Barwon Health, Geelong.  Please note that there is NO program in July.

There are a range of options for attendance including individual membership and organisational membership along with Single Month attendance - click here for the full 2019 PD Program Calendar and Presenter Biographical Details.

AUGUST TOPIC:  "Dignity in Care" with
Russell ArmstrongSpiritual Care Worker, Supportive Care Team - Palliative Care, Barwon Health and  Jessica Connor Kennedy - Spiritual Care, University Hospital Geelong - Coordinator & Cancer Services, Barwon Health

“…the very essence of who we are and our perceived place in this world is soluble within patienthood… How we see patients or, more specifically, how patients perceive themselves to be seen can influence their sense of dignity. We should think of ourselves as mirrors, where patients seek some positive reflection or affirmation of self.” ~ Harvey Chochinov

Respect and dignity go hand in hand with the field of spiritual health. We invite you to this presentation to reflect upon dignity in relationship to self as practitioner and in relation to patients. We will present on studies into dignity in health settings, a conceptual model of dignity and outline the process and practicalities of Dignity Therapy (DT).

Dignity Therapy is a well-researched psychotherapeutic method. Participation in DT has been reported by patients to be helpful including to increase sense of dignity and to address suffering. DT is conducted by trained therapists and invites individuals with life-limiting illnesses to reflect on matters of importance to them. The end result is legacy document that the patient can share with people close to them. DT is offered by Spiritual Care Workers at Barwon Health, facilitated by involvement of a highly trained and well-supported group of DT volunteers. Our DT program has attracted awards including from the Minister for Health.

Attendees will:

•  Explore ways to enhance and support a person’s experience of dignity
•  Learn how the model of dignity can inform care in general and the research behind this
•  Understand how to become a Dignity Therapist and practicalities for organisations wanting to offer this program


The PD Program is held on the 2nd Wednesday of each month at different hospitals between March and November (with a break for the month of July) and features:
*  Guest educators on a diverse range of issues pertinent to spiritual care
*  Afternoon Facilitated Discussion Groups - small groups meet for an hour to discuss the morning education session, and any implications for work practice (optional).
*  Guided prayer and reflection (in keeping with a multi-faith focus)
*  Morning tea and lunch.
For more information phone 8415 1144.  For single month registrations please fill in this form and forward to office@spiritualhealth.org.au.

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