COVID times have been especially challenging for older people and their families. As the risk for severe illness with COVID 19 increases with age, older adults are at highest risk. Extra precautionary isolation and restrictions to connect to others, like family members has been recommended and hence families are disconnected and many people are experiencing separation anxiety. 2020 especially has been a challenging year in Residential Aged Care. However, in tough times resilience is also born or rekindled. What are the factors that engage resilience in older people and why are some people aging 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 aging 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 2018). 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 and their families. Beate´ will also refer to her book called “Tech-connect – Staying Meaningfully Connected in Aged Care’ as a strategy to promote resilience in older people.
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Beaté Steller is a Sydney based adult educator, author, accredited mental health social worker, counsellor, clinical supervisor, adult educator, spiritual care practitioner and registered nurse. She has gathered experience in these variety of roles over 35 years in a variety of sectors and industries, including health, palliative and aged care, social housing and long-term unemployment. She has a special interest in working with older people and has been working in Residential Aged Care for over the last 14 years in the roles of Social Worker and Spiritual Wellbeing Co-ordinator.
For over a decade Beaté has specialized in grief and loss education/counselling and transition counselling and was a Director of the Board of NALAG (National Association for Loss) and Grief between 2009 - 2020. She had her first book published in 2017 called Tech-connect –Staying Meaningfully Connected in Aged Care. She has both graduate and postgraduate qualifications in Adult Education, Social Work and Nursing, holds a Certificate IV in Assessment and Workplace Training. She completed her second Master Degree in Ageing and Pastoral Studies in 2019. Her Masters research was on Mindfulness Meditation Groups in Residential Aged Care and its Relevance Spiritual Growth and Wellbeing. Beaté has a history of working with people from Indigenous and culturally diverse backgrounds. Beaté also holds professional membership with the AASW, the NSW Health Services Profession (as a Registered Nurse), and Spiritual Care Australia.
Registration fee: $199
Recorded version available for Lifetime Viewing.
Attendance Certificate for 7 hours of digital training.
You will need a steady internet connection, and a device such as a computer, tablet, or phone upon which to view and participate.
Learning objectives of this training:
"Being resilient as we age is critical for our physical, mental and spiritual wellbeing. This seminar will equip you to develop practical strategies in promoting wellbeing and building resilience in older people." Beate Steller
How will you benefit from attending this training?
Morning Session (includes a short break)
Afternoon Session (includes a short break)
Evaluation and quiz - your payment includes a quiz which when completed with a minimum of 80% correct answers, will enable you to download your Attendance Certificate.
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For live webcasts, post-tests must be completed within one month of viewing the program.
This training is suitable for practicing psychologists, social workers, psychiatrists, medical counsellors, counsellors and community case-workers with general experience working as a therapist.
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