Dementia REAL communication workshop
Add to your existing knowledge of person-centred dementia care by using the REAL (Reminiscence, Empathic Engagement, Active Listening and Life story) communication framework to enhance your communication skills with the person living with dementia.
This course is offered in partnership with Many Happy Returns.
Greater understanding of an individual with dementia ensures more meaningful interaction throughout their dementia journey. The course provides a mix of activities, issues-based exercises and discussions, to improve participants’ existing listening and communication skills.
- Techniques to establish trust and safety to support the person and their family
- How the brain’s different memory systems function
- REAL communication framework and techniques: reminiscence, empathic engagement, active listening, life story
- REAL approaches to working with family carers and friends to deliver a better quality of life for all
- REAL communication techniques for mapping a person’s life story
- Adjusting REAL communication techniques to a person’s needs as their dementia advances
- Understanding how feelings are at the root of communication challenges
- Strategies for self-care.
Participants will learn:
- the deeper principles of communication that make care more meaningful
- how to provide more relevant support to an individual living with dementia at home or in a care setting
- how to connect more effectively with families and/or the person’s advocates
- how to deliver better care through improved understanding and communication
Who should attend?
Anyone who wants to improve their communication skills to help them build better relationships with people with dementia, including:
- care and support staff working in care homes, day centres, rehabilitation and respite care services, and home care
- social workers, occupational therapists and care and support staff working in the voluntary sector.
This training is not designed for individuals without prior understanding of dementia. For this please refer to SCIE’s suite of courses on Dementia awareness.
Dementia REAL communication workshop is delivered over one day
CPD Standards Office accredited course ref no 60036/41.
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This is a sample training course outline. It is based on approximately 25 delegates, trained at your premises. It can be adapted to your organisation’s training and CPD requirements.