BPSD Management Workshops

WEBINAR: Facilitating Living: Using Activities to Enable and Engage People with Dementia

Alissa Westphal, lecturer in Dementia care and researcher at the Academic Unit for Psychiatry of Old Age, discusses the major principles around using activities to engage people with Dementia.

This presentation was funded and recorded by the Dementia Training Study Centres, Funded by the Australian Government Department of Social Services. Visit www.dss.gov.au for more information.

NEW WORKSHOP 2016: Using Activities to Enable and Care for People who Display Behavioural and Psychological Symptoms of Dementia

The majority of people with dementia experience associated behavioural and psychological symptoms (BPSD) like aggression, agitation, psychosis, anxiety and depression. Tailoring activities to better meet the person’s needs, interests and abilities may assist in reducing some BPSD and increasing purposeful engagement.

This one-day workshop has been specifically designed to for professional carers working in acute, sub-acute, community and residential aged care settings.

For further information about the workshops including date and venue details, please contact Alissa Westphal at: alissaw@unimelb.edu.au or click here.

NEW WORKSHOP 2016: Caring for People who Display Behavioural and Psychological Symptoms of Dementia - A Series of One-Day Workshops for Occupational Therapists

The majority of people with dementia experience associated behavioural and psychological symptoms (BPSD) during the course of their illness. These symptoms which include aggression, agitation, psychosis, anxiety and depression are often the most distressing part of the disease for the person experiencing them and for those providing care. Non-pharmacological interventions are recommended as the first line in treating these symptoms.

Occupational Therapists (OTs) have a unique theoretical foundation upon which effective practical interventions may be built. This series of one-day workshops aims to further develop skills that OTs can use in effectively managing BPSD in acute, sub acute, community and residential aged care settings.

Interactive learning methods, small group work, roles plays, case examples and practical exercises will be used throughout each workshop to explore and illustrate the workshop material discussed. Examples of interventions will be available during the workshops for OTs to interact with.

For further information about the workshops including date and venue details, please contact Alissa Westphal at: alissaw@unimelb.edu.au or click here.