Australian Centre for Christianity and Culture

Professional Development Workshop: Spiritual Reminiscence for Older People

Professional Development Workshop:

Aged Care Quality Standards Standard 1 – dignity and choice

Spiritual reminiscence for older people: Finding meaning in later life, especially for those experiencing dementia

Spiritual reminiscence is a special way of communication that acknowledges the person as a spiritual being and seeks to engage the person in a more meaningful and personal way. It focuses on the person with dementia and their emotional and spiritual being rather than on cognitive losses.” (MacKinlay & Trevitt 2015)

Highly recommended for nurses, chaplains, pastoral carers, leisure activity officers, and professionals who work with older adults

Testimonial: “This new approach to spiritual care allows for a far more dynamic and mutually fulfilling interaction in small groups of residents who found it helpful and meaningful. These groups not only compliment the work I do, but they provide key elements that are missing. They create a greater sense of community and resident to resident spiritual care. Chris Nelson, Chaplain”


  • Rev Prof Elizabeth MacKinlay AM, Director CAPS
  • Corinne Trevitt, Adjunct Research Fellow ACC&C
  • Elizabeth Pringle, Managing Director, Improvement Matters

This course will enable participants to facilitate spiritual reminiscence for older people with and without cognitive decline. These skills will be able to be used either with individuals or in small groups. The skills learnt and used will empower each participant in the many situations they face day to day in a professional setting.

This is a face to face interactive workshop. New training videos show actual sessions with people who have dementia and the interactions between them and the facilitator.

Draft Programme

14-15 October 9:00am-4:30pm

Day 1 Introduction to spiritual reminiscence:
  • Spirituality Model and application to Spiritual Reminiscence and Ageing
  • Communications with people who have dementia
  • How do I speak with others about spirituality?
  • A taster of doing spiritual reminiscence
  • Reflections of practice of spiritual reminiscence
Day 2 Train the trainer: equip the facilitator
  • What does spiritual reminiscence look like in practice?  Working one-on-one and group work
  • Practice of small group spiritual reminiscence
  • Challenges working with older people – especially those with dementia. Some case studies
  • Practical issues around spiritual reminiscence.

Registration (both days attendance is mandatory)
  • Early Bird Corporate Single:            $1,600 (Closes 15 September)
  • Corporate Single:                             $2,000
  • Corporate Group (up to 3 people):   $4,000
  • Self-employed:                                 $1,200
  • Student/ Retiree:                              $600

Closing Date for Registration 10 October 2022. Limited class numbers.

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Facilitating Spiritual Reminiscence for People with Dementia

Textbook: Facilitating Spiritual Reminiscence for People with Dementia by Elizabeth MacKinlay and Corinne Trevitt.

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Event details

  • Date: Commencing 14 Oct 2022 9:00 am - 15 Oct 2022 4:30 pm
  • Location: Pavilion at the Australian Centre for Christianity & Culture
  • Address: 15 Blackall Street, Barton, ACT 2600
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