Dignity Therapy Training Workshop 2018

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Inn at the Forks

75 Forks Market Road

Winnipeg, MB R3C 4Y3


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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

All fees are in Canadian (CAN) dollars.


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 9, 2018 at the fabulous Canadian Museum of Human Rights (see details below)

Where is the workshop held?

The workshop is held at Inn at the Forks, a luxury boutique hotel centrally located at The Forks, a 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.

Can I get continuing education credit for attending the workshop?

Yes. All registrants will receive a certificate of attendance on completing the workshop.

This event is an Accredited Group Learning Activity (Section 1) as defined by the Maintenance of Certification Program of The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, and approved by the CPO Medicine Program, University of Manitoba for a maximum of 16.5 hours.

Participants should only claim credit for the actual number of hours attended.

The University of Manitoba CPO Medicine Program is fully accredited by the Committee on Accreditation of Continuing Medical Education (CACME).

The American Medical Assocation (AMA) and the European Union of Medical Specialists (UEMS) have reciprocal agreements to recognize the Royal College of Canada's credits.

Do I need to bring a computer?

If you can, yes. In one session, participants will practice ediing an excerpt from a Dignity Therapy interview transcript. Participants who do not bring their own computers will still be able to participate by observing and helping others who do have computers, but will not get the full experience of this key part of the Dignity Therapy process. (Basic familiarity with Microsoft Word, or a compatible word processing application, as well as the Track Changes feature, is required.)

Are there any social events associated with the workshop?


Please join Harvey, the other workshop facilitators, and your co-participants for a delightful mix-and-mingle reception on the first evening of the workshop. Enjoy visiting and getting to know one another in the Senator Nancy Ruth Terrace of our new Canadian Museum for Human Rights. A sumptuous selection of complimentary appetizers will be served, and alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages will be available for purchase.

Date: Wednesday May 9, 2018

Time: 6-8 p.m.

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

Cost: The reception is free of charge for paid Dignity Therapy Training Workshop registrants. A limited number of tickets for guest(s) accompanying a paid workshop registrant are available for $40 CAD per person. Purchase guest ticket(s) with your workshop registration.

How do I reserve a room at the Inn at the Forks? What is the cost?

Guest rooms are available at Inn at the Forks (www.innforks.com) at a reduced rate of $179 CAD/night (queen or king, single/double occupancy) plus applicable taxes. There is an additional charge of $20 per each additional person beyond 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: info@innforks.com
  • quote the group reservation number 315852 to receive the room discount

The reduced rate is not available by online booking.

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) http://www.fortgarryhotel.com/

Humphrey Inn and Suites (11 minutes walk) http://www.humphryinn.com/

The Fairmont Winnipeg Hotel (14 minutes walk) http://www.fairmont.com/winnipeg/

Norwood Hotel (15 minutes walk) http://www.norwood-hotel.com/

Mere Hotel (15 minutes walk) http://www.merehotel.com/

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: http://www.tourismwinnipeg.com/visitors/accommodations/bed-and-breakfasts

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:


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 the hotel's front desk when you arrive.

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

For those arriving at the airport, a taxi to the hotel will cost you about $25 including tip. Uber is not currently operating in Winnipeg, but may be by the time of the workshop. There is no free shuttle service between the airport and Inn at the Forks. Public transportation via Winnipeg Transit is possible, but requires at least one transfer, so may be complicated for first-time visitors.

What if I have special requirements?

Please contact our Workshop Coordinator (workshop@dignityincare.ca) at your earliest convenience to alert us to your special requirements.

Is the workshop venue accessible to people with disabilities?

All public areas of the Inn at the Forks are wheelchair 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: info@innforks.com

What is the workshop refund policy?

No refunds will be given for registration cancellations received after April 8, 2018. Cancellations prior to April 8, 2018 will be subject to a $50.00 administrative fee.

Out of respect to those who may be on a waiting list, email workshop@dignityincare.ca as soon as possible if you expect to cancel your registration.

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 (workshop@dignityincare.ca) 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 (workshop@dignityincare.ca) 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: workshop@dignityincare.ca

What does Winnipeg have to offer?

For more information about visiting Winnipeg, please go to www.tourismwinnipeg.com"

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Inn at the Forks

75 Forks Market Road

Winnipeg, MB R3C 4Y3


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