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Promoting Resilience in Older People - a strength based approach.

Format Seminar/Presentation
Presenters Beate Stellar for The Professional Development People
Description Why are some people ageing with a great sense of freedom and others with a sense of despair? Is it just a matter of attitude? What does the current research say about ageing with resilience? Evidence suggests that emotional wellbeing generally increases with age unless the older person is experiencing some major health issue or disadvantage (Centre for Mental Health 2004). Depression and suicide rates for people over 80 are alarming with males over 80 having the highest suicide rate out of the total Australian population.
This course will address these issues and provide opportunities to explore what makes older people resilient. This course is based on a "strength based" approach. Strategies will be identified and experienced that will promote a culture of resilience as you provide support for older people.
Participants will have the opportunity to:
1. Identify the impact of the ageing process
2. Examine the constant challenges of living with change and loss
3. Develop strategies of how to connect with older people who are withdrawing through their depression
4. Explore what make an older person resilient to life's challenges
5. Discuss strategies which encourage and promote the spirit of personal, familial Interpersonal and societal resilience in older people
6. Learn strategies that will allow your clients to recognise their strength and also know what they can and can't change
Beate will share his extensive knowledge, clinical experience and practical approaches and methods throughout the day.
Identifying the greatest challenge in promoting resilience in older people.
What are the risk factors?
Depression and ageing.
What is resilience?
A model of resilience: identifying personal, familial, interpersonal and societal resilience factors.
Identifying strategies that address resilience in your work.
Older people and negotiating changes in their lives.
Identifying what we can and what we can't change.
The importance of reminiscing work and group work in the promotion of resilience.
All course notes and resources are provided.
About the presenter(s) Beate brings over 30 years of experience in a variety of sectors and industries to her role as a principal Training and Development Consultant. She assists organisations
and individuals to develop their goals, to resolve conflicts, work through change and associated losses and develop a participatory approach in their work. In the last ten years Beate has specialised in grief and loss education / counselling and transition counselling and has been on the Board of NALAG (National Association of Loss and
Grief) since 2009.
Beate also currently works as a Pastoral Care Team Leader in aged care and palliative care. She has been an adult educator since 1992, for organizations including the Centre for Community Welfare Training, the Australian College of Applied Psychology and Lifeline Sydney. Her experience includes working as a Strategic Planner and a Community Development Officer at a local council, working with long term unemployed and especially with people from Indigenous and culturally diverse backgrounds. Her experience in the Health Services' Industry includes specialising in HIV AIDS, palliative care and aged care.
She has both graduate and post graduate qualifications in Adult Education, Social Work and Nursing, holds a Certificate IV in Assessment and Workplace Training and is currently completing her second Master Degree in Ageing and Pastoral studies at Charles Sturt University.
Location NSW Metro, Australia
Venue Aerial UTS Function Centre
Level 7, 235 Jones Street, Ultimo

Please contact the event organiser to confirm if this venue is wheelchair accessible
Start/End Date 9 Nov 2012
Time 9am - 5pm
Cost Early bird $198.00 Includes lunch, morning and afternoon tea
Notes Students and new Graduates may apply to attend for half price at
Contact Name Carmen Nicotra
Telephone 1300 887 622