This is a one-day course that aims to explore the types of relationships and bonds we have with important people in our lives, including the person with dementia that you care for. Psychologists know that the types of relationships we had with our parents when we were very young children provide the early foundation for our understanding of how relationships work, and what we can expect – Can you depend on people? – Can you trust them? These foundations for relationships are called ‘attachment styles’.
On this course, you will learn about how these styles of attachment affect how we manage stress and how we respond when we feel vulnerable. We will explore how attachment styles impact a person with dementia; for example, how it impacts how safe and secure they feel, or how ‘clingy’ they might become. We will also look at how this impacts you when caring for them and how to manage this so both you and the person with dementia can feel calmer. Strategies for helping the person with dementia to feel safer and more secure will be discussed, as well as how families and friends can support each other to feel less overwhelmed.
The fee of £40 includes lunch
The lead facilitators will be:
Dr Gemima Fitzgerald (Clinical Psychologist)
Hazel May (Occupational Therapist)