Dignity in Care – Online Training 2023

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  • Dignity in Care Online Training - Session 1 ONLYSep 14, 20239:00 am - 1:00 pm
  • Dignity in Care Online Training - Session 2 ONLYSep 21, 20239:00 am - 1:00 pm
  • Dignity in Care Online Training - Session 3 ONLYSep 28, 20239:00 am - 1:00 pm
  • Dignity in Care Online Training - ALL 3 SESSIONSSep 14, 2023 - Sep 28, 20239:00 am - 1:00 pm


Digitally through the University of Manitoba

Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

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 Designed to enhance the human side of healthcare, this 3-day workshop focuses on the role and application of dignity in all aspects of clinical practice. The research, assessment tools, and clinical applications of dignity conserving care will be examined during Day 1, while Day 2 and Day 3 provide a detailed look at the clinical application of Dignity Therapy. If you are looking to expand your ability to care for patients as people, to reconnect with why you chose to work in healthcare in the first place, or to broaden your community of like-minded clinicians, this is the workshop for you.

Workshop dates are September 14th, 21st and 28th. 0900 – 1300 CST

Day 1  – September 14, 2023

This workshop is for providers at any level who want to focus on the human side of healthcare and build a dignity conserving repertoire of practice. The fundamental nature of patienthood will be discussed and the key elements of dignity conserving care will be described. Tangible communication and assessment tools will be provided with the opportunity to practice new skills and connect with like-minded clinicians from around the globe.

Learning Objectives:

  • Define and describe the ABCDs of Dignity Conserving Care
  • Discuss the key elements of patienthood
  • Analyze the model of optimal therapeutic communication
  • Examine the use of the Patient Dignity Question for assessment in clinical practice
  • Assess one’s own role in the promotion of dignity conserving care

Day 2 – September 21, 2023

This workshop is for providers interested in learning the clinical practice of Dignity Therapy. First, the important role of dignity as described by patients will be discussed and the related empirical model of dignity will be presented. Using this evidence base, the key elements of Dignity Therapy will be described and demonstrated via case examples. Finally, attendees will have the opportunity to practice the fundamental aspects of Dignity Therapy during the session and gain further support through applied homework.

Learning Objectives:

  • Evaluate the empirical model of dignity among the terminally ill
  • Define and describe the key elements of Dignity Therapy in practice
  • Discuss case examples of Dignity Therapy
  • Engage in the experiential practice of Dignity Therapy techniques

Day 3 – September 28, 2023

This workshop provides the advanced application of Dignity Therapy in clinical practice. Utilizing the applied homework from the previous session, the common strengths and challenges of providing Dignity Therapy will be analyzed and key questions regarding how to launch Dignity Therapy in various settings will be addressed. A synopsis of all three workshop sessions will be provided to solidify each element of the dignity conserving repertoire, and a future-facing community of care will be created.

Learning Objectives:

  • Assess the personal strengths and challenges of providing Dignity Therapy
  • Conceptualize ways to launch Dignity Therapy in one’s own clinical practice
  • Summarize all dignity conserving practices discussed during the workshop
  • Build a community of care for on-going support


Dr. Harvey Max Chochinov OC, MD, PhD, FRCPC, FRSC is a Distinguished Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Manitoba and a Senior Scientist at CancerCare Manitoba Research Institute. He has led the research team that pioneered Dignity in Care and Dignity Therapy. He has more that 300 career publications, broaching diverse topics such as dignity, depression, quality-of-life, suicide, vulnerability, spirituality, and existential distress towards end-of-life. His book, Dignity Therapy: Final Words for Final Days was the 2011 winner of the Prose Award.

He is the co-founder of the Canadian Virtual Hospice and editor of The Handbook of Psychiatry in Palliative Medicine (Oxford University). He has received top research awards from the Canadian Psychiatric Association, the Canadian Cancer Society, the American Association of Hospice and Palliative Care and the International Psycho-oncology Society; a lifetime achievement award from the Canadian Association of Psychosocial Oncology and the Canadian Medical Association’s FNG Starr Award. He is an Officer in the Order of Canada, and in 2020 was inducted into the Canadian Medical Hall of Fame.


Dr. Lori Montross is a licensed psychologist in the state of California who holds over 15 years of experience in counseling, with specific expertise in palliative care. She is also a researcher, having received grant funding from the American Cancer Society, the Clinical and Translational Research Institute, as well as the International Alzheimer’s Association.  She has published over 40 peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters with an emphasis on dignity-conserving care. As an educator, she has been named Faculty Member of the Year twice and regarded for her ability to creatively blend active learning with inspired action. Lori now brings her unique blend of clinical, research, and teaching experience to this program with the passionate goal to improve aspects of dignity for patients and families across multiple healthcare settings.

In preparation for the workshop please read Dignity Therapy: Final Words for Final Days.

Published by Oxford University Press, this text provides a blueprint for the psychological intervention Dignity Therapy developed by Dr. Harvey Max Chochinov and his internationally lauded research team. Dignity Therapy has been designed to address many of the psychological, existential and spiritual challenges that patients and families face as they grapple with the reality of life drawing to a close.




$200 for each day or $500 for all three days.

Workshop dates are September 14th, 21st and 28th. 0900 – 1300 CST

These workshops will be on Zoom.  The links will be sent the day before each session.

Prior to the workshop, participants are highly encourage to read Dignity in Care: Final Words for Final Days (Oxford University Press), which can be found on Amazon

Please visit https://dignityincare.ca/en/   for resources and tools.


**A $50 administrative fee will be applied if cancelled 14 days or more before the event date. No refunds will be given past this date**

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Program Coordinator

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    Amanda Marten

    Program Coordinator, CPD - Medicine
    Office of Continuing Competency and Assessment
    Rady Faculty of Health Sciences
    University of Manitoba
    Tel: 431-373-9697

    Email: Amanda.Marten@umanitoba.ca