Dessert Dialogues: Using Relationship Enhancement to Facilitate Families Conversations about Aging, Dying, and After – March 28, 2020

March 28, 2020 12:30 pm - 2:45 pm 4400 East-West Highway, Bethesda, MD 20814

Presenter: Mary Ortwein, M.S., LMFT

Saturday, March 28, 12:30 p.m. – 2:45 p.m. 2 CE credits

This workshop presents a way to use the Experiential Format of the Relationship Enhancement (RE) model to help families use the RE dialogue process before (or during) a health crisis to discuss end-of-life matters and come to solutions that meet the core concerns of both elders and their children. The Experiential Format of RE was developed by Dr. Bernard Guerney and colleagues to enable family members to learn RE skills quickly in the context of immediate issues.

The initial portion of the workshop will outline issues recommended to be included in family conversations about end-of-life and the rationale for using the Experiential Format of the RE dialogue process in a comfortable setting to discuss them. This will be followed by a video demonstration of Dr. Guerney teaching the RE skills to a family using the Experiential Format and a live demonstration with workshop participants of how a therapist might use Experiential RE to work with elders and their children to discuss end-of-life concerns.

Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of this workshop, participants will be able to:

  1. Identify core issues which need to be addressed in family discussions of end-of-life decisions
  2. Describe how to apply the Experiential Format of the Relationship Enhancement model to family discussions about end-of-life matters.

Mary Ortwein, MS, LMFT, is co-author with Bernard Guerney of numerous Relationship Enhancement® programs, including Mastering the Mysteries of Love, Love’s Cradle, Relationship Enhancement® for Refugees and Immigrants, Ready for Love, and Mastering the Mysteries of Sacramental Love. Since her semi-retirement, she spends two days a week with the carebound and their families in her church. Her experience with the needs of these families, as well as her background as an RE therapist, have led her to research and write about the topic of this workshop.

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