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Promoting resilience in older people - a practical strengths based approach in support of the many challenges of old age

Event Details
Date: 28th Nov 2019
Venue: Brisbane, Qld
CPD hrs: 7


Organiser: The Professional Development People

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Why are some people ageing with a great sense of freedom and others with a sense of despair? Is it just a matter of attitude? What does the current research say about ageing with resilience? Evidence suggests that emotional wellbeing generally increases with age unless the older person is experiencing some major health issue or disadvantage (Centre for Mental Health 2014). Depression and suicide rates for people over 80 are alarming with males over 80 having the highest suicide rate out of the total Australian population. This course will address these issues and provide opportunities to explore what makes older people resilient. This course is based on a “strength based” approach. Strategies will be identified and experienced that will promote a culture of resilience as you provide support for older people. Beate´ will also refer to her book called “Tech-connect – Staying Meaningfully Connected in Aged Care’ as a strategy to promote resilience in older people.

Learning objectives

  1. Identify the impact of the ageing process.
  2. Examine the constant challenges of living with change and loss.
  3. Develop strategies of how to connect with older people who are withdrawing through their depression.
  4. Explore what make an older person resilient to life’s challenges.
  5. Discuss strategies which encourage and promote personal, familial Interpersonal and societal resilience in older people.
  6. Learn strategies that will allow your clients to recognise their strength and also know what they can and can’t change.
  7. Beate will share her extensive knowledge, clinical experience and practical approaches and methods throughout the day including the Tech – Connect – Staying Meaningfully Connected in Aged Care program that she developed.

Learning outcomes

  • You will develop a comprehensive understanding of the challenges that come with ageing.
  • You will learn how to apply strategies that promote resilience and draw upon strengths in the elderly.
  • You acquire broad and insightful perspectives on change and loss in later life.

Presenter details

Beate´ Steller brings over 30 years of experience in a variety of sectors and industries to her role as a principal Training and Development Consultant. Beate´ also currently works as a Social Worker/Counsellor and as Spiritual Wellbeing Co-ordinator in aged and palliative care. She has been an adult educator since 1992, for the Centre for Community Welfare Training, the Australian College of Applied Psychology and Lifeline Sydney. For over a decade Beate´ has specialised in grief and loss education/counselling and transition counselling and has been on the Board of NALAG (National Association for Loss and Grief) since 2009. She had her first book published in 2017 called Tech-connect –Staying Meaningfully Connected in Aged Care. She has both graduate and post-graduate qualifications in Adult Education, Social Work and Nursing, holds a Certificate IV in Assessment and Workplace Training and is currently completing her second Master Degree in Ageing and Pastoral studies at Charles Sturt University. She is currently completing her research in Mindfulness Meditation Groups with older people who are experiencing multiple losses and is curious if this practice promotes wellness and spiritual growth. She has worked with people from Indigenous and culturally diverse backgrounds. Beate´ also holds professional membership with the AASW, the NSW Health Services Profession (as a Registered Nurse), and Spiritual Care Australia.

Location and date

Park Regis
293 North Quay
Brisbane QLD 4000

28 November 2019

9:15am - 4:30pm



This event is fully catered and all resources are provided.
Students and new graduates may apply to attend at a discount apply here.


Register online by clicking here
Ph: 1300 887 622

AASW - Australian Association of Social Workers