Caring about relationships and feeling secure
This one-day course will explore the types of relationships and bonds you have with important people in your life, 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.
This course is for you if:
you want to learn about how these styles of attachment affect the way we manage stress and how we respond when we feel vulnerable
you would like to understand 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
you would like the opportunity to explore how this impacts you when caring for them and how to manage this so both you and the person with dementia can feel calmer
you would like the opportunity to discuss strategies for helping the person with dementia to feel safer and more secure and how families and friends can support each other to feel less overwhelmed
you would like your questions around relationships and attachment styles addressed in a safe, supportive environment by healthcare professionals with experience of supporting people with dementia and their families
you want meet other people who are supporting a friend or family member with dementia in a similar situation
What will happen on the day
9.45-10.00 Arrival and refreshments
10.00-10.30 Welcome, hopes for the day
10.30-11.45 Morning session
12.30-13.15 Pre-lunch session
14.00-15.00 Afternoon session
15.15-16.00 Looking after yourself
16.00-16.20 Where are you now?
16.20-16.30 Questions and resolutions
Please note that our team recommend that you attend all sessions of this one-day course. Every element of the programme has been researched and planned and arriving late or leaving early will affect the benefits of the course for you and other attendees. If you are unable to attend all sessions, our team will work with you to find an alternative date that works better for you.
As a charity we do not make a profit. It costs us £125 per person to deliver our one-day courses, including lunch. Therefore, we invite course participants (or their employers) to donate to the charity on completion of the course, if they are able to. All donations, big or small, make such a difference. You can also donate using the donate button at the top right corner of this web page.