About the Facilitator
Dr Brenda Bentley has worked as a counsellor and psychotherapist in palliative care in the US and Australia. She was trained in dignity therapy in Canada by Professor Harvey Chochinov in 2010 and assisted him at a training workshop in Western Australia in 2012 while undertaking her PhD. She facilitated this workshop for the first time in 2017 and has presented it 5 times thus far incorporating feedback to continue to improve the workshop. (See the page "Previous workshops - What we learned.")
Brenda has also presented workshops on dignity therapy at the Australian Psychological Society Annual Conference, the Australian Palliative Care Conference, and a PACFA West CPD event.
Brenda completed her PhD (Psychology) in 2014 examining the use of dignity therapy with people who have motor neurone disease and their family carers. Since that time, she has worked as an educator and researcher at Murdoch University where she served as the discipline head of postgraduate counselling courses from 2015-17. Her most recent research project has examined the feasibility of providing dignity therapy online. She has published widely on dignity therapy, including a narrative review of dignity therapy research for Australian Psychologist.
In addition to providing Dignity Therapy training, Brenda is available to provide clinical supervision to Dignity Therapy practitioners and researchers by in person or by videoconference. She is also open to travelling within Australia and to other countries to conduct the training for sponsoring organisations.
Brenda is a clinical member of the Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia (PACFA) and the Australian Counselling Association (ACA).