Dignity Therapy Implementation in a Community Hospice Setting

Thursday, October 6, 2011: 1:30 PM-2:30 PM
Primary Presenter:
Lori Montross, PhD
Area of Emphasis: Psychosocial Care
Learning Objectives:
1. Describe the components of Dignity Therapy
2. Describe the logistics involved when providing Dignity Therapy in a community hospice setting
3. Identify the most common topics discussed by patients when completing this type of legacy psychotherapy
Dignity Therapy is a brief, empirically-supported, individualized psychotherapy approach that allows hospice patients to create a formalized legacy. It has been shown to heighten a sense of meaning while decreasing suffering and depressive symptoms in research samples, but had not yet been implemented in a “real-world” community-based hospice setting. This session will describe the first study to provide results from patients who completed Dignity Therapy as part of a newly offered clinical service at a community-based hospice.  The findings provide useful data for clinicians or organizational leaders who want to know more about this unique psychotherapy and who may want to bring Dignity Therapy into their hospice setting.
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