Her presentation will run alongside those from an international convocation of researchers demonstrating the unifying strength of PCT theory, research and practice between disciplines such as experimental psychology, robotics, pharmacology, human factors and human performance, school interventions, communication, and treatment of dementia.
Lydia, who is a research fellow from the University of Salford’s Institute of Dementia, working on Empowered Conversations, said: “I am delighted that we will be showcasing Empowered Conversations’ (EC) theoretical basis to the global audience of delegates at the IAPCT international conference through my presentation – Empowered Conversations: A PCT-based communication training for carers of people living with dementia.
“EC is based on the published Communication Empowerment Framework (CEF), which integrates evidence-based models to address the specific psychological, relationship and communication needs of care partners.
“Uniquely, it is based on person-centred principles but shifts the focus to relationship-centred care using a detailed model of how communication and relationships can be supported.”
This innovative framework has been developed collaboratively between clinical psychologists, nurses and academics in the fields of psychology, nursing and linguistics at the University of Salford, Six Degrees Social Enterprise, the University of Manchester, UCL, NE London NHS Foundation Trust and Cardiff University.
The Empowered Team are delivering online groups and session to support family carers and people living with dementia. From Escape to the Disco through to Come and Sing, we are also delivering Empowered Conversations online and run weekly group chats for family carers.