In June 2016, WeCare chair celebrated its achievements of the past three years with a special course led by Dr Keith Wilson from Canada. Josep Porta-Sales, Director, Cristina Monforte-Royo, Co-director, and Albert Balaguer, Coordinator, explain.
WeCare chair: End of Life Care is a research group based at the International University of Catalonia (UIC Barcelona) in Barcelona, Spain. This year, we celebrated our third anniversary working in the field of palliative care. WeCare’s main lines of research include The Wish to Hasten Death, Meaning in Life, Dignity at the End of Life.
With a growing number of publications and conference communications to our name in just three years, we decided to round off our achievements since 2013 by organising a course with Dr Keith Wilson (The Ottawa Hospital Rehabilitation Centre, Canada).
Dr Wilson, who is renowned for his involvement in the first studies in palliative care alongside Dr Harvey Chochinov, spoke at WeCare’s annual conference in November last year. His communications entitled Screening for the Wish to Hasten Death at a Clinical level and Responding to Expressions of the Wish to Hasten Death covered the fundamental issues on which the course this June was based.
Given Dr Wilson’s clinical experience and well-recognised contribution to the field, the course offered valuable insights into the theoretical aspects of Cognitive Behaviour Therapy and a practical, case-centred approach to developing professional skills. Participants included doctors, nurses and psychologists who expressed particular gratitude for the tools and tips they were given from a psychologist’s perspective that they could use in their own contexts.
One participant said:
“In Spain, the role of the psychologist is not so easily available in palliative care as it is some other countries in the world. I gained some really useful insights to help communicate with my patients from my place as a nurse.”
The format of the course was also appreciated:
“It can be difficult to find the time to attend workshops and training sessions but the practical approach based on a simulated clinical interview meant we were really able to make the most of the time we had with Dr Wilson. I learnt a great deal that will be easily applicable to my day-to-day work; it was really valuable to get to discuss these issues which come up so often in clinical practice.”
Besides organising the course, Dr Wilson spent a month as a visiting researcher with the WeCare chair working on their projects and ongoing research.
To find out more
- Please visit WeCare Chair website for information about our work, or upcoming courses. (In Catalan, Spanish and English).
- Or email Rebecca Latter, executive secretary of WeCare Chair, to sign up for our newsletter.
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