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Dignity Therapy Training Workshop 2016 -- Sold Out!

Manitoba Palliative Care Research Unit

Wednesday, 25 May 2016 at 7:45 AM - Friday, 27 May 2016 at 12:30 PM (CDT)

Dignity Therapy Training Workshop 2016 -- Sold Out!

Registration Information

Registration Type Sales End Price Fee Quantity
Physician - Early Bird
All physicians including palliative care specialists, psychiatrists, geriatricians, family practitioners. After January 29, 2016 price will increase to $1350.00
Ended $1,200.00 $0.00
Health Professional - Early Bird
All health professionals, other than physicians, including social workers, psychologists, therapists, nurses, spiritual care providers, health care administrators, and hospice volunteers. After January 29, 2016 price will increase to $850.00
Ended $750.00 $0.00
Student - Early Bird
Individuals wishing to register as a student must provide proof of full-time enrollment in undergraduate studies at recognized educational institution. After January 29, 2016 price will increase to $500.00.
Ended $450.00 $0.00
Developing Country - Early Bird
We welcome participants from developing countries. You qualify if you reside in a country listed as "Low" and "Lower middle" income by the World Bank. See list at: World Bank List of Economies (PDF) Proof of residence required. The International Association for Hospice and Palliative Care offers travel scholarships. To apply go to: Hospice Care Traveling Scholarship After January 29, 2016 price will increase to $250.00.
Ended $200.00 $0.00
Sponsored - Early Bird
To be considered for sponsorship individuals SHALL: be residents of Manitoba, be employed or volunteering in psychosocial oncology, hospice/palliative care or long term care, have the potential to use Dignity Therapy in their daily practice, and provide a letter of support from their employer or volunteer coordinator corroborating your potential to use Dignity Therapy in their practice. After January 29, 2016 price will increase to $120.00.
Ended $100.00 $0.00
Mix and Mingle Reception (Guest)
Paid registrants attend free. This ticket is for GUESTS of paid registrants. Capacity for guests is limited. See details in Frequently Asked Questions below.
Ended $40.00 $0.00
Canadian Museum for Human Rights "Explore the Galleries" Tour
Thursday May 26, 2016, 5-6:30 p.m. See details in Frequently Asked Questions below.
Ended $19.00 $0.00

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Event Details

The Manitoba Palliative Care Research Unit is proud to present an intensive two-and-a-half-day Dignity Therapy Training Workshop led by Dr. Harvey Max Chochinov. The ultimate 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.

Our workshop will consist of a blend of lectures, small-group discussion, observing Dignity Therapy in action, and hands-on opportunities for therapists 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

Registration is limited to 70 participants.

Early Bird registration deadline is Friday, January 29, 2016.

Final registration deadline is Friday April 22, 2016.

Out of respect to those who may be on the wait list for this workshop, please register as soon as possible or email if you are unable to attend after registering.

Please see our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) below for more details.


What does the workshop registration fee include?

Your registration fee includes:

  • two-and-a-half day workshop as described above
  • one book entitled Dignity Therapy, Final Words for Final Days by Dr. H.M. Chochinov
  • three breakfasts and two lunches
  • workshop adjourns at 12:30 on the third day; no lunch
  • evening reception on Wednesday May 25, 2016 at the fabulous Canadian Museum of Human Rights 

Are there any social events associated with the workshop?

There are two social events associated with the workshop. See details below. Please request a ticket(s) for each event in which you wish to take part.

Mix-and-Mingle Reception

Please join Harvey and your workshop co-participants for a delightful evening of visiting and getting to know one another. Enjoy the Winnipeg skyline from the Senator Nancy Ruth Terrace of our new Canadian Museum for Human Rights. Savour sumptuous appetizers. Alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages will be available for purchase.

Date: Wednesday May 25, 2016

Time: 6-8 p.m.

Location: Senator Nancy Ruth Terrace, Canadian Human Rights Museum (a few steps from the Inn at the Forks)

Host: Dr. Harvey Max Chochinov

Dress: Smart casual

Cost: Free for paid Dignity Therapy Training Workshop registrants. Cost for guest(s) accompanying a paid workshop registrant is $40.00(CA) per person (limited availability). Cash bar.

Canadian Museum for Human Rights "Explore the Galleries" Tour

Winnipegers are proud of our beautiful new Canadian Museum for Human Rights. Take this 90-minute small-group guided tour to connect with compelling human rights stories and discover what the Museum is all about. Guides offer a fascinating journey through a selection of galleries and exhibits. You'll find out how your rights are protected and be inspired by stories of courage and action.

Date: Thursday May 26, 2016

Time: 5-6:30 p.m. (Please arrive no later than 4:45 p.m.)

Location: Group Entrance, Canadian Museum for Human Rights

Host: Dr. Harvey Max Chochinov

Dress: Casual

Cost: $19.00 (CA) per person. Purchase your ticket when you register for the workshop.

Where is the workshop held?

The workshop is held at Inn at the Forks, a boutique luxury hotel located at The Forks, a wonderful National Historic site and Manitoba's most popular tourist destination. Inn at the Forks is located amidst many attractions, places to shop, and dining hotspots. The hotel, restaurant and spa feature a modern style and commitment to service in a spectacular natural setting. Whether you are traveling to Winnipeg, Manitoba for business or pleasure, you will discover a world of comfort and convenient amenities.

Memorable. Not Ordinary.

How do I reserve a room? What is the cost?

Guest rooms are available at Inn at the Forks ( at a reduced rate starting at $174.00 CAD/night (standard queen, single/double occupancy) plus applicable taxes. There is an additional $20 per guest per night for more than double occupancy (2 guests) per room. Reserve early; limited capacity. To make your room reservation:

  • contact Inn at the Forks directly by telephone at 1-877-377-4100 (toll-free North America) or (country code) 1 204 942 6555 (outside North America) or 204 942 6555 (local); or email:
  • quote the group reservation number 200778 to receive the room discount
  • deadline to receive the discounted rate is Friday April 22, 2016. 

What are my transport/parking options getting to the event?

For those arriving by car, driving directions to Inn at the Forks can be found at:,-97.129565,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m2!3m1!1s0x0:0x9c8b7ed979d7824f

There is no charge for parking for workshop attendees who are daytime guests at Inn at the Forks. Please be sure to park in the parkade behind the hotel and register your licence plate at our registration table.

Note: Overnight guests at Inn at the Forks will be charged $15.00/night for self parking or $25.00/night for valet parking.

Those wishing to use public transportation can access City of Winnipeg transit information at:

For those arriving at the airport, a taxi is probably the best option and will cost about $20.00, one way. There is no free shuttle service to Inn at the Forks. Public transportation is possible but may be a little complicated for first time visitors.

Are there other options for places to stay while attending the workshop?

There are several hotels within convenient walking distance of the workshop venue:

The Fort Garry Hotel (9 minutes walk)

Humphrey Inn and Suites (11 minutes walk)

The Fairmont Winnipeg Hotel (14 minutes walk)

Place Louis Riel Suite Hotel (14 minutes walk)

Norwood Hotel (15 minutes walk)

Mere Hotel (15 minutes walk)

There are other hotels in the downtown vicinity but you may need to use a cab or public transportation to get to the workshop. Bed and breakfast options can be found at:

What if I have special requirements?

Please contact our Workshop Coordinator ( at your earliest convenience to alert us to your special requirements.

Is the workshop venue accessible to people with disabilities?

The Inn at the Forks is recognized as Tier 2 accessible. All public areas are accessible. Main entrances are level grade access. Exterior doors at front and rear have automated openers. For more details about the Inn's accessible features contact the Inn at the Forks at:

What is the workshop refund policy?

No refunds will be given for registration cancellations received after April 22, 2016. Cancellations prior to April 22, 2016 will be subject to a $50.00 administrative fee.

Is my registration/ticket transferrable?

Generally, registrations are NOT transferrable. However, we recognize that sudden and unforeseeable events sometimes arise. If you are unable to attend and there is another suitable individual who can take your place and who has the potential to use Dignity Therapy in their practice, it may be possible to work something out. Please contact the Workshop Coordinator ( as soon as possible to discuss possible arrangements. Otherwise, you may be eligible for a refund. See our refund policy above.

Can I update my registration information?

Certainly. Simply contact the Workshop Coordinator ( with any updated information.

Do I have to bring my printed registration to the event?


Where can I contact the organizer with any additional questions?

If you need help or have a question, please contact our Workshop Coordinator at: 

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When & Where

Inn at the Forks
75 Forks Market Road
Winnipeg, MB R3C 4Y3

Wednesday, 25 May 2016 at 7:45 AM - Friday, 27 May 2016 at 12:30 PM (CDT)

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Manitoba Palliative Care Research Unit

The Manitoba Palliative Care Research Unit (MPCRU) at CancerCare Manitoba was established in 2002 to conduct research on psychosocial, existential and spiritual dimensions of palliative end-of-life care. Its primary goal is to improve the quality of life and ease the suffering of dying people and their families through research. It is directed by Dr. Harvey Max Chochinov who holds a Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Palliative Care. For two decades, Dr. Chochinov has led a programme of research distinguishing him as one of the world’s leading palliative care scholars and researchers. He has built an interdisciplinary research team of professionals representing a range of expertise in psychiatry, psychology, qualitative and quantitative analysis, biostatistics, nursing, and palliative care medicine.

Team members include: Dr Susan McClement (Professor, College of Nursing, Faculty of Health Sciences University of Manitoba and Research Associate, Manitoba Palliative Care Research Unit), Dr Thomas Hack (Professor, College of Nursing, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Manitoba, and Clinician-Scientist, St. Boniface General Hospital Research Centre), Dr Mike Harlos (Section Head of Palliative Medicine, Professor, Faculty of Medicine, University of Manitoba and Medical Director of Palliative Care, Winnipeg Regional Health Authority), Dr Genevieve Thompson (Associate Professor, College of Nursing, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Manitoba, and Research Associate, Manitoba Palliative Care Research Unit), Katherine Cullihall (Research Nurse), Gary Annable (Workshop Coordinator), Maia Kredentser (Doctoral Student and Research Assistant), Chloe Shindruk (Master’s student and Research Assistant), and Angela Saj (Administrative Assistant).

This internationally-recognized team has successfully broached difficult topics spanning end-of-life distress, depression, desire for death, will to live; hopelessness and its connection with suicide; personality and coping at the end of life; and finally, the issue of how to help patients die with dignity.

The far-reaching influence of the team’s work results directly from a successful knowledge translation strategy that has helped inform and transform the field of palliative care, through a strong and consistent record of high impact peer-reviewed publications and contributions to textbooks; the generation of professional and lay educational materials, and practice guidelines; the wide dissemination of research findings around the world; and influencing clinical and social policy decision-making concerning end-of-life care.

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