Tua o te aria –  Doorways into dying: Meaningful encounters at end of life

Friday 16 March 11.00-12.30

Tua o te aria –  Doorways into dying: Meaningful encounters at end of life

by Kay Ryan

Abstract

End of life is a time of profound growth, psychologically and spiritually. As therapists, friends, or family members, at end of life we can be confronted by experiences and states of consciousness in others that are outside of our usual framework or ways of understanding. We find ourselves at a loss in knowing how to intervene or connect with that person. We may try to bring them back to their usual identities or communicate in a way that will help them regain former competencies, but often to no avail.

What is being asked of those who attend to the chronically ill or dying is another frame of reference, another way of joining and connecting with that person. This workshop, based on the work of Arnold Mindell, will focus on methods and skills that can be harnessed to enter the world of clients, and assist them in finding meaning in their experience.

Biography

Kay has been a psychotherapist for over 30 years. Over the past 10 years she has focused on bringing the methods and skills of Process Oriented Psychology to palliative care. She has recently co-authored the book “Doorways into Dying: Innovative Teachings for End of Life”.