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Dignity Therapy Training Workshop 2017

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Inn at the Forks

75 Forks Market Road

Winnipeg, MB R3C 4Y3


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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.

The workshop is a dynamic blend of lectures, small-group discussions, observing 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

Registration is limited to 70 participants.

The final registration deadline is Monday May 8, 2017.

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.

All fees are in Canadian (CAN) dollars.

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 (no lunch on day 3 which adjourns at 1:00 p.m.)
  • "mix and mingle" reception on the evening of Wednesday May 24, 2017 at the fabulous Canadian Museum of Human Rights (see details below)

Are there any social events associated with the workshop?

There are two social events associated with the workshop.

Social Event 1. Mix-and-Mingle Reception (included with workshop registration)

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 24, 2017

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. A limited number of tickets for guest(s) accompanying a paid workshop registrant are available for $40.00(CA) per person. Purchase guest ticket(s) with your workshop registration.

Social Event 2. Canadian Museum for Human Rights "Explore the Galleries" Tour (optional)

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 25, 2017

Time: 4:30-6:00 p.m. (Please arrive no later than 4:20 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; tickets will not be available for purchase at 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 $176.00 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 261419 to receive the room discount
  • deadline to receive the discounted rate is April 23, 2017.

The reduced rate is not available by online booking.

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 21, 2017. Cancellations prior to April 21, 2017 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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75 Forks Market Road

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