Kelowna - Spirituality and Wholeness Workshop
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Morning – Session One
More Than a Cuddle
Therapeutic dolls have been used in a variety of ways to assist persons with dementia who suffer from increased levels of anxiety, tearfulness and negative feelings. This workshop will provide an overview of the therapeutic use of dolls historically, ethical considerations and discuss the value of positive narrative, enduring sensory memories and attachment as it plays out using a 1:1 visit model versus a more generalized cuddle approach. During the visit, the doll becomes a therapeutic vehicle through which the resident is able to reconnect with historical positive feelings and bring those feelings forward into the present, creating a bridge for a meaningful future. Skill sets, staff involvement/time constraints are also discussed as an interactive component of the workshop.
with Vikki Marrs, RPC and MPCC
Vikki Marrs is a Registered Counselor and Ordained Minister working as the Chaplian at Hillside Village Complex Care and Pioneer Lodge Assisted Living sites in Salmon Arm, B.C. Prior to entering the Ministry, she was in private practice in the Shuswap and on Vancouver Island where she provided both secular and faith-based counseling services to clients and seniors dealing with adjustment and aging well issues. She has contributed to a national strategy paper for Pastoral Care for Seniors within her denomination and more recently received the 2016 award for Innovation from the BC Care Providers Association for her development of a family support booklet and unique approach to Doll Therapy.
Morning – Session Two
Spirit of Clay
The Spirit of Clay workshop will provide an opportunity to explore our creative side, to experience the life giving and healing spirit of clay. The participants will explore, through the touching and feeling of clay, the spiritual shape of what it means to be human. For the deepest roots of creativity are spiritual.
The workshop will lead participants, through an experience of touching clay, touching its spirit as a way of engagement with oneself and others. Through this experience, we will engage in dialogue on the nature of psycho-social spiritual care illustrated by a presentation on a variety of programs: Full Circle – a program between a music therapist and a chaplain which has a focus on song, stories, sound, touch, and memories that give life meaning; and other programs which explore a variety of venues of creative engagement as we age.
with Ray Niebergall, B.Sc. and M. Div.
Ray Niebergall has had 35 working years in Ceramic Art. He, his wife and son are active potters on the Sunshine Coast, teaching and leading retreat weekends called, ‘Spirit of Clay’ and working out of their studio in Roberts Creek. Their work has appeared in Art Galleries and Exhibitions throughout BC and Alberta. Ray has his B.Sc. and M. Div. and is presently working as Chaplain at a care facility, called Christenson Village-Gibsons with the Good Samaritan Society. Ray’s focus is Psycho-social Spiritual Care.
Ray has been ordained for 40 years, served a variety of parishes and did development work amongst the Mapuche people in the Patagonia region of Argentina for 8 years.
Afternoon – Session Three
Halos, Horns and Compassion Misses
The story of the Good Samaritan is one of great compassion. He saw one in need and met that need when others had passed by. Health and social care today is plagued by compassion misses, those times when important cues of need are either missed or ignored, sometimes resulting in dire consequences. Ironically, these stories of missed compassion are arising during a time when there is unprecedented focus on providing high quality care, particularly for those most vulnerable in society. Typically, we try to combat compassion misses by valorizing certain ideals or processes (halos) while blaming individuals involved (horns). But rarely do we take the time to explore the details of our lives and contexts that support compassionate responses. In this workshop, participants will draw upon exemplars from research with older adults and caregivers to explore how to build capacity for compassion in ourselves, organizations, and communities.
with Barbara Pesut, PhD, RN
Barbara Pesut, PhD, RN is an Associate Professor in the School of Nursing at the University of British Columbia and holds a Canada Research Chair in Health, Ethics and Diversity. Her 35-year career in nursing has included roles in practice, leadership and research. Her program of research in palliative care is focused on supportive models for older adults living at home with life-limiting illness and educational innovations for supporting nursing care providers’ competency in a palliative approach.
What is the refund policy?
Refund requests must be received 14 days prior to the workshop and will include a $25.00 processing fee.
Where can I contact the organizer with any questions?
For additional information you can contact us at (780) 989- 3220 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Is my registration/ticket transferrable?
Yes, someone may come in your place if you are unable to attend the event. We do ask that you get in touch with us so that we are aware of the change.