We are delighted to announce that a member of the Empowered Conversations team has been selected to present our dementia communication skills training, developed in partnership with University of Salford, at an international conference in Berlin.

The ninth World Congress of Behavioural and Cognitive Therapies in July will bring together more than 5000 researchers and therapists, making it the largest CBT congress ever held.

Our colleague and researcher for the Empowered Conversations programme, Dr Lydia Morris, will be presenting at the conference. She said: “I am delighted that we will be showcasing Empowered Conversations as a new way of transforming relationships using the power of communication, with an approach that combines research, theory and real-life experiences, to a global audience.

“Communication and interaction are fundamental needs. Carers of people living with dementia, and those they are caring for, can experience significant communication challenges.

“Our practical approach using understandings from psychodynamic and cognitive-behavioural approaches, language and control theory. It looks at how our emotions, thinking and attitude can transform the quality and enjoyment of our relationships with people with dementia.”

The Empowered Conversations’ congress exhibit is in the form of a poster presentation. Lydia will also be presenting on her research findings of the Six Degrees Take Control programme.

For more information on the research behind Empowered Conversations, contact Lydia on L.E.Morris1@salford.ac.uk