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Ageing and Spirituality Conference 2017

Ageing and Spirituality Conference 2017

Speaker Bios and Synopsis

A professional development conference relevant to all who work in the field of caring for older people, to be held on Friday, 1 September 2017, Selwyn Village theatre, 43 Target St, Point Chevalier, Auckland.

See below for the speaker line-up and their presentations on a range of subjects relating to spiritual leadership in aged care.

Dr Richard Egan

Richard Egan - Ageing and Spirituality Conference 2017

Dr Richard Egan lives, works, and surfs in Dunedin, New Zealand. He is a senior lecturer in health promotion, based in the Cancer Society Social and Behavioural Research Unit, Department of Preventive & Social Medicine, Dunedin School of Medicine, University of Otago. His background includes five years working as a health promoter/professional advisor in a Public Health Unit, and five years’ secondary school teaching. Richard’s Master’s thesis examined spirituality in New Zealand state schools, his PhD thesis explored spirituality in end-of-life care, and he has qualifications in theology, English literature, religious studies, and public health. Richard’s academic interests centre on supportive care in cancer, health promotion and the place of spirituality in health and wellbeing. Richard is a past-president of the New Zealand Public Health Association and is currently on the Board of the Health Promotion Forum. Sarah (wife), Benji (son, aged eight), and Milo (dog) remind Richard about ‘what matters most’.

Setting the scene: What's happening with spirituality and healthcare

Based on a recent literature update, Richard’s presentation will outline the latest developments in spiritual care in healthcare. Since 2000 there has been a huge growth in peer reviewed publications about spirituality which has developed evidence-informed policy and practice. Both international and national literature will be considered to show what is new (or old) in the field.

Dr Wendy Wrapson

Wendy Wrapson - Ageing and Spirituality Conference 2017

Dr Wendy Wrapson is a Senior Research Fellow within the National Institute for Public Health and Mental Health Research at Auckland University of Technology. Wendy has a background in social psychology and health psychology, undertaking her PhD at the University of Auckland. Since then she has held research positions in the UK, Australia and at the University of Auckland, before joining AUT in 2013. Her research interests are broad but she does have a specific focus on the health and wellbeing of older people and the role of formal and informal caregivers. Since 2015 she has been a member of an AUT research team investigating mind-body approaches to health, including the role mindfulness can play in health outcomes.

Marlies Dorrestein

Marlies Dorrestein - Ageing and Spirituality Conference 2017

Marlies Dorrestein is a registered occupational therapist and lecturer in occupational therapy at Auckland University of Technology. She has a longstanding formal and informal mindfulness practice, has undertaken training in teaching mindfulness, and completed her Master of Health Science research on what it is like to teach mindfully in tertiary education. Marlies has facilitated mindfulness courses for healthcare assistants in dementia care, for academics and administrative staff in higher education, and this year for students in the AUT occupational therapy programme, and for carers (family and volunteers) in hospice care.

The impact of mindfulness training on residential aged care staff 

Mindfulness is a state in which one is highly aware of the present moment, acknowledging and accepting it, and paying attention to one’s present experience in a non-judgmental, non-evaluative way. Seeing clearly whatever is happening in our lives will not eliminate life’s pressures but it can help us respond to them in a way that benefits our physical and psychological wellbeing.

In 2016 an Auckland University of Technology research team offered a six-week mindfulness course to staff at two different Selwyn Foundation residential aged care facilities. Twenty-three staff undertook the training and completed pre- and post-training questionnaires comprising a variety of measures including compassion, burnout, job satisfaction, and self-efficacy. This presentation will outline the research team’s methodology and report some preliminary findings.

Cyrene Gaillard

Cyrene Gaillard - Ageing and Spirituality Conference 2017

Cyrene Gaillard is a registered arts therapist. She previously worked as a psychometrician, guidance counsellor, and a psychology instructor. She finished her Masters in Psychology (Clinical) at the University of Santo Tomas, Philippines. In 2005, she moved to France where she discovered her passion for painting. She spent three years studying watercolour and had one-year oil painting studio practice at the Grenoble Ecole Superior des Beaux Arts. She moved to New Zealand in 2010 where she pursued her training in arts through a Transitional Certificate in Fine Arts at the University of Auckland. It was her desire to marry her passion for the arts and psychology that encouraged her to eventually complete a Master in Arts Therapy (Clinical) at Whitecliffe College of Arts and Design in 2016.

Arts therapy in an aged care setting

Arts therapy is a psychotherapy that uses the creative process of art making to improve and enhance the physical, mental and emotional well-being of an individual (ANZATA). Here in New Zealand, it is still an emerging profession and only a limited number of organizations are benefiting from its potential as mainstream therapy. The goal of this presentation is to acquaint those who work in the aged care community with the benefits and flexibility of arts therapy to meet the varying needs of the elderly. The speaker will draw from her experience as an arts therapist in a retirement village to give the audience a deeper insight into methodologies used and patients’ responses.

Lucy Nguyen

Lucy Nguyen - Ageing and Spirituality Conference 2017

Lucy Nguyen is currently a Chaplain with The Selwyn Foundation working at Selwyn Heights and Selwyn Village. Since ordination as an Anglican Priest in the Auckland Diocese in 2003 Lucy has worked as a parish vicar and as a public hospital chaplain. Previously Lucy has worked in the field of community mental health administration, the hospitality industry, and Southeast Asian refugee resettlement. Originating from the east coast of America, Lucy has a BA in Sociology from the University of Connecticut. She moved to New Zealand 30 years ago.

Chaplaincy: A practical application of spiritual leadership in residential care (results of a staff survey)

A reporting back with commentary on the results of a Selwyn Foundation Carers Staff survey on the outworking of chaplaincy in action. The presentation will include an opportunity to engage, if time allows.

Professor Bruce Stevens

Bruce Stevens - Ageing and Spirituality Conference 2017

Professor Bruce A. Stevens (PhD, Boston U, 1987) is a Clinical and Forensic Psychologist. He has seen patients at Canberra Clinical and Forensic Psychology for over 25 years. He was the convenor of the clinical psychology program at the University of Canberra for five years until 2015. He holds the Wicking Chair of Ageing and Practical Theology, and is director of the Centre for Ageing and Pastoral Studies at Charles Sturt University, Canberra. Bruce was ordained in the Anglican Church and served in parish ministry until 1993. He is the author of 7 books for publishers such as Random House, Harper Collins, PsychOz Publications, Australian Academic Press, and Wiley-Blackwell. He is an active member of Wesley Uniting Church.

Life tasks: Towards a positive model for ageing

A life task is a work that begins but does not end. Both words are significant:

(a)  Life because it begins when we are able and takes a lifetime.

(b)  Task conveys work, usually hard, often painful that is essential to our psychological and spiritual maturity.

The idea of life tasks has positive implications for ageing. It is realistic. We are challenged to work at something: coming to terms ‘what has gone before’ and finding the courage to face what ‘lies ahead’. The key idea is that maturity, gained with age and experience, makes us better able to accomplish such life tasks. The later years have been portrayed as a time of spiritual opportunity. The life tasks model offers some explanation for why people do not make progress towards psychological and spiritual maturity, and is somewhat prescriptive in recommending a way forward. There is much common ground between psychological maturity and a healthy spirituality.

The self-compassionate chaplain: Escaping the self-esteem trap

There are countless demands on chaplains and spiritual carers. But this comes at a cost. In a context of constant evaluation, this paper considers how we evaluate ourselves. Does it matter?  Most of us have experienced the fragility of ‘feeling good’ based on self-esteem. Self-compassion is a ‘3rd wave’ Cognitive Behavioural Therapy with a growing base of research showing effectiveness. Changing our attitude to self from self-esteem to self-compassion can reap profound benefits: maintaining robustness in the face of set-backs, being more open about what needs to change, and enhancing empathy in relationships. 

Gillian Gladstone

Gillian is a Registered Nurse who trained in the UK. She has worked within the specialities of medical and surgical nursing, General Practice nursing, as well as with two pharmaceutical companies and a health research company. More recently Gillian has worked in the aged care sector, both within the community and residential aged care. She is an experienced InterRAI (LTCF) assessor and has worked as Assistant Village Manager for Selwyn Waikato. Her tertiary qualification is within Social Policy.

InterRAI (LTCF) Assessment and Measuring Spirituality?

The InterRAI Long Term Care Facility (LTCF) is an internationally developed and standardised assessment tool. It is used to inform research and best practice with the intent to improve outcomes and care planning for our elderly residents. InterRAI (LTCF) has both qualitative and quantitative components.  It is used at an individual assessment level, as well as for management purposes, at facility and organisation level.

InterRAI (LTCF) captures limited information on spirituality, but what it does explore is activity preference and participation, of which spiritual or religious activity is one. Access to the InterRAI Data Warehouse has allowed an analysis of resident’s preference for spiritual activity and if they participate in such activity. It does not specify what activity, but captures information generally. Specific commentary on religious and spiritual activity is available at an individual assessment level, for use in care planning. Quantitative data retrieved, shows that over a 17 month period 12% of Selwyn long term residents would prefer to have spiritual activity, but do not participate in it.  Organisationally, and at facility level, there is potential to utilise the data in order to develop strategies to improve spiritual outcomes for our residents.

The Archbishop Emeritus Sir David Moxon KNZM

The Archbishop Emeritus Sir David Moxon KNZM - Ageing and Spirituality Conference 2017

The Archbishop Emeritus Sir David John Moxon KNZM is a New Zealand Anglican bishop. He is currently the Archbishop of Canterbury's Representative to the Holy See and Director of the Anglican Centre in Rome. He was previously the Bishop of Waikato in the Diocese of Waikato and Taranaki, the archbishop of the New Zealand dioceses and one of the three primates of the Anglican Church in Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia. In the 2014 New Year Honours, he was appointed a Knight Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to the Anglican Church.

Spiritual leadership

"A close look at Pope Francis who is now 80 and the late Maori Queen Te Arikinui Te Atairangikahu as iconic examples will begin an exploration of spirituality and aging. This is followed by a survey of a variety of theories and research results outlining the developmental stages and opportunities of life's last quarter. The implications for healthy and life giving spirituality will be drawn out. An over view of some biblical examples will follow where aging has been invigorating and grace full for the kingdom of God and for the story of the people of God. As I enter life's last quarter myself I am very grateful for the opportunity to share in what will be a remarkable day of reflection sharing and discovery together. "

Archbishop David Moxon

We are most grateful for the support of our 2017 sponsors and donors.

If you are interested in becoming a sponsor or donor for the 2017 Ageing and Spirituality Conference please contact us at selwyninstitute@selwyncare.org.nz