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Past Seminars

Normative narrative practice (Seminar Series on Ageing)

In this presentation Mark will share his experiences and discuss learnings from the 8 years of the Swinburne Wellbeing Clinic for Older Adults outreach program into residential aged care. Mark Silver is a social worker well experienced in aged care and disability who has been exploring narrative and life story approaches to engaging with older clients and families. His interest in intergenerational work and video has also informed his practice. Presented on Friday 16 March 2018.



Psychologists in Aged Care(Seminar Series on Ageing)

This presentation provides a snapshot of the types of clients, issues and strategies encountered on a daily basis in aged care inpatient and outpatient contexts. Dr Hemelatha Jayaram is the Clinical Academic Psychologist at Aged Persons Mental Health at Peter James Centre, Eastern Health. Her acute mental health unit is the largest in Victoria for individuals over 65 years. She provides assessments and treatment services to a wide spectrum of patients including those with behavioural and psychological symptoms of dementia. She is also in private practice at the St Vincent’s Clinic for Older Adults. Presented on Friday 13 April 2018.



Psychologists in Residential Aged Care Settings (Seminar Series on Ageing)

This presentation explores the experience of working as a psychologist in Residential Aged Care facilities compared to other settings, contrasting and comparing the different environments, presenting issues, expectations and challenges.

Kristen Kappel is a registered psychologist with 20 years’ experience working across various sectors including drug and alcohol, dual diagnosis, chronic illness, and veterans and peacekeepers. She has worked in private practice and primary health care settings for the past 10 years, with a special interest in high prevalence disorders and chronic pain. Three years ago she returned to study a Masters of Clinical Psychology part-time and is now in the final year of study. Her final placement brought her into the Aged Care sector, working as a visiting psychologist to various Residential Aged Care facilities. She now works in primary healthcare and aged care, as well as an assessor for Victoria Police recruitment services



The Pearl Project: Helping older adults adjust to residential aged care settings (Seminar Series on Ageing)



Reminiscence Therapy (Seminar Series on Ageing)



Life stories in aged care settings (Seminar Series on Ageing)