October 2-4, 2019
Canadian Museum for Human Rights
85 Israel Asper Way
Winnipeg, MB R3C 0L5
CancerCare Manitoba is proud to present an intensive two-and-a-half-day Dignity Therapy Training Workshop led by Dr. Harvey Max Chochinov. The goal of Dignity Therapy is to help bolster the dignity of dying patients and address their suffering. This therapeutic intervention invites individuals with life-limiting illnesses to reflect on matters of importance to them.
Using the Dignity Therapy protocol and following the respondent’s cues, a trained therapist facilitates the expression of thoughts, feelings, and memories that are compiled in a narrative document for the patient to share with a friend or loved one. The benefits of Dignity Therapy have been published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology and the Journal of Palliative Medicine.
The workshop is a dynamic blend of lectures, small-group discussions, demonstrations of Dignity Therapy in action, and hands-on opportunities to begin to learn how to carry out this novel intervention. The working language of the workshop is English.
This workshop will be of interest to:
- clinicians who work with palliative care or geriatric patients and who are in a key position to use Dignity Therapy
- researchers who wish to include Dignity Therapy in the development of new research projects
- health care administrators/nursing home administrators responsible for creating and operationalizing an approach to care that supports and affirms patient dignity and personhood