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Dignity TherapyFinal Words for Final Days$
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Harvey Max Chochinov

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780195176216

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195176216.001.0001

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doing dignity therapy

doing dignity therapy

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Dignity Therapy

Harvey Max Chochinov

Oxford University Press

Chapter 4 outlines the specific roles of the dignity therapist. Dignity Therapy is a highly facilitated intervention, such that the role of the therapist is critical. The chapter describes how the therapist must be a highly engaged and active listener; how the therapist must assume a stance that is non-judgmental and affirming. The therapist must help guide the patient on how they might shape their dignity therapy. Some of the techniques for doing so—‘connecting the dots’ and ‘looking through a metaphorical picture album metaphor’—are described. The various types of stories that might emerge within dignity therapy are discusses, including the ‘good, the sad and the ugly’. Therapists must understand each of these, and the possible therapeutic responses each should elicit.

Keywords:   role of therapist, active listening, non-judgmental, affirmation, connecting-the-dots, picture album metaphor, good, sad and ugly stories

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