iCARER Dementia Communication Awareness
Duration: 3.5 hrs
iCARER: therapeutic communication skills for families and primary carers of people with dementia (a validation-approach)
It starts with you! The I in iCARER, Centre Associate Reflect Explore Restore™
To have dementia means that you can feel in a constant state of vulnerability. Crucial moments in communication happen when the well-being of everyone is under threat. We are lost in what to do when it matters most.
iCARER is an acronym for a set of skilful therapeutic interaction. It is warmer, richer in feeling than that of everyday life. The purpose is to find a shared meaning between two people and understand the reality the person with dementia is experiencing. By using such interaction, the carers are conveying; you are important to me. I am listening. I want to understand.
To lessen loneliness and maintain a positive relationship between the carer worker or supporting partner and the individual experiencing the trauma of dementia.
iCARER is a therapeutic approach to ensure that a person feels understood and included.
Who should attend?
An iCARER understands what it is like to live with dementia and wants to learn how best to communicate with the person, particularly when emotions are beginning to run high.
The iCARER Communication Awareness event is 3-3½ hrs. Designed for primary carers, helpers and supporting partners of people with dementia.
The skills are transferable to other relationships, e.g. professional and client, parent and child, educator and learner, supervisor and supervisee. Once learnt, these skills cannot be unlearnt!
What will I learn?
- An acronym (the How); a set of therapeutic conversational skills to assist you, the carer, when the person experiencing dementia is in psychological distress.
- To communicate effectively and confidently in difficult situations when emotions are running high, and everyone's well-being is at stake.
What will I gain?
- practical everyday care tasks become easier
- feel more competent in handling stressful situations
- increased morale and a reduced feeling of carer's burn-out, therefore, offering care for longer
- the ability to provide support and guidance to other families by demonstrating an alternative way of communicating
If you wish to commission the Dementia iCARER Communication Session for your organisation, please contact Julia Pitkin on 07886 690026. Minimum No. of participants 16, maxium 30.