Understanding Dementia in Counselling setting

Understanding Dementia in Counselling Setting




14 September 2023, 7pm to 8.30 pm AEST


Dementia is one of the leading chronic health issues in the world today. In Australia it is the leading cause of death in women and the 2nd leading cause of death for men. Few people are not directly or indirectly affected by it. As a neurological condition, it directly affects cognition, memory and behaviour, and in the later stage: physical health. Dementia is a confronting illness and significantly misunderstood, both in the community and in professional circles. Indirectly, it also affects family members living with and caring for someone with a diagnosis of dementia, including people under the age of 65. From a counsellor’s viewpoint, there are many opportunities to engage with people living with a diagnosis of dementia and their support networks. As health professionals, we are always working in the areas of grief and loss, and helping people and their families come to terms with any terminal illness is a crucial focus of our profession. More and more, our profession is formally working with carers and in the Aged Care space and an understanding of this serious and pervasive condition is important to enable us to work more effectively with our clients and their families.


In this webinar you will learn: 

  • Basic understanding of dementia
  • Prevalence of the condition
  • Types of dementia
  • How counsellors can help, both Carers and people living with a diagnosis
  • Therapeutic interventions that have been found helpful
  • Where to find more information and training

This event is aimed all levels of allied health professional as we will encounter clients who are impacted by this serious chronic health issues, both professionally and personally

Facilitator: Bernadette Milsted

Bernadette have been practicing as a professional counsellor for over 25 years and prior to that was in Pastoral ministry. I have recently retired from 10 years working with Dementia Australia where I was able to provide counselling, support, and education for people living with dementia, their families and support networks. I have personal experience of my mother who lived and has since died with dementia. I am currently in part time private practice, allowing me a better work/life balance. I hold a Masters in Couples and Relationship Counselling, Grad Dip (Counselling) and BASc. My clinical practice includes grief and loss, trauma, relationships, anxiety and depression, group work, life transitions and end of life preparation 


Attending webinar counts as 1.5 hours of Category A CPD (Continuing Professional Development). Watching a recording of this webinar, that will be provided to registrants, can be used towards 1.5 hours of Category B CPD.


You must attend 75% of a webinar in order to receive a CPD certificate for Category A CPD.


PACFA Members $35 (incl. GST)
Student Members $25 (incl. GST)
Non-Members $50 (incl. GST)

 What to Expect After you Register:

Once registered, your personal Zoom link will be dispatched directly to you via email from Zoom 24 hours and 1 hour prior to the event. Please keep an eye on your inbox for an email from Zoom [email protected]. All future correspondence pertaining to this event, including event recordings, will be communicated through the PACFA email address [email protected]. To ensure a seamless experience, we recommend adding both of these email addresses to your safe sender list to prevent any missed communications. 

Event Cancellations
Customers seeking to cancel their registration more than 5 working days (for courses) and 48 hours (for webinars) prior to the event date may request a credit to be applied to their account. Cancellations must be made in writing to [email protected]. Cancellations made with less notice than this are non-refundable or exchangeable. Credits will be accessible through the PACFA Portal and are valid for up to a year from the purchase date. This policy is at the discretion of PACFA and may change.

14/09/2023 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
AUS Eastern Standard Time
Online registration not available.

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