The Course

This 2.5 day interactive course will provide comprehensive training for people who wish to perform dignity therapy.  The course combines theory with interactive learning activities including group discussions, recording and editing interviews, and examining case studies presented by dignity therapy practitioners.  At the end of the course, you will receive a completion certificate.

You'll learn

  • The evidence-base supporting dignity therapy as an end-of-life intervention.
  • How to perform dignity therapy in real-world settings.
  • How to identify potential ethical issues and gain knowledge about how to practice ethically.
  • Develop self-care strategies to prevent stress, trauma and compassion fatigue.

Who should attend?

This course is suitable for allied health professionals including counsellors, psychologists, social workers, chaplains, doctors, nurses, and care workers providing support or psychosocial care for people with a terminal illness.  Others will be considered on a case-by-case basis.


New South Wales - The first workshop of 2018 will take place at Govinda Valley Retreat Centre, from mid-day April 16 through Wednesday, April 18. (This workshop has passed.  Stay tuned for 2019 dates).

Victoria - A training workshop will be held in Melbourne in November 19-21, 2018 in conjunction with the Australian Centre for Grief and Bereavement.  Registrations now open!

Western Australia - WA is the home of the first annual Australian Dignity Therapy Training workshop, which took place in November 2017 at Murdoch University.  We will hold the 2nd annual WA training in October/November 2018.  More info to be announce soon.

Queensland - We are currently in discussions with registered training providers to hold a Dignity Therapy Workshop in Queensland, but it is uncertain whether this workshops will take place this year.  Stay tuned for more information. 

Workshop size

To provide an optimal learning experience, the workshops will be limited to a maximum of 20 participants. 


It is recommended that participants read Dignity Therapy: Final Words for Final Days by Harvey Max Chochinov prior to attending the workshop.  Additional readings, templates and materials will be supplied.


Bringing a laptop or iPad and recording device (smartphone or digital recorder) is highly recommended.

Enrolment deadline/Cancellation policy

Each workshop will close regular registration two weeks prior to the workshop.  Late registrations may be accepted depending on the setting.  Cancellations before the regular registration deadline will occur a $100 cancellation fee.  No refunds will be given after the registration deadline, but registrations are transferable.

Note:  If the workshop is hosted by another entity, their deadlines and cancellation policies apply.

Professional Development Points/Hours

This training workshop of an evidence-based intervention should satisfy 15 hours of yearly ongoing professional development for a variety of professions.  You will receive a certificate documenting your participation and completion.  This training has been recognised by the Australian Counselling Association and counsellors registered with ACA will receive 30 OPD points.