This 14 hour program works to prepare you to care and support those individuals and/ or families who are living with a life-limiting illness or coping with grief. You will cover topic areas including the role of the massage therapist, death and dying, comfort measures, listening and responding, spiritual care, loss, grief and bereavement. You will also look at exploring your personal attitudes towards death and dying, deepen your self-awareness, and understand the importance of self-care.
This workshop has been approved for 12 Primary Credits through the MTAM.
About the Instructor
Sheila Bergman, W.C. (Hon.), RMT, has been an instructor at the Wellington College of Remedial Massage Therapies Inc. since 1995 and currently teaches Physiology, Pathology, Neurophysiology, Hydrotherapy and Medical Terminology. In 1998 she became the massage therapist for the residents of the Middlechurch Home of Winnipeg Inc., a personal care home in West St. Paul. From 2001-2007, Sheila was a volunteer member of the Palliative Care Team at Middlechurch and served as chair from 2005-2007. In 2004, she was a guest speaker at the Hospice and Palliative Care Manitoba Annual Care Conference and since that time has facilitated the Friend in Hand/Compassionate Care course numerous times both at Middlechurch and Wellington College.