Palliative & End of Life Care: Collaboration, Compassion, Choice
- 08:30 - 15:30
- Manchester Conference Centre
Kathleen Vandenberghe, M.A. has been a counsellor, supervisor, teacher and team co-ordinator in hospices since 1991, initially in Belgium and since 1999 in the U.K.
As the coordinator of a longstanding counselling service for patients and their families, pre- and post-bereavement at St. Luke’s Cheshire Hospice, she is passionate about preserving ‘humanity’ at the core of health care organisations as their client and staff numbers rise and corporate demands increase.
Under the auspices of St. Luke’s and Bournemouth University Kathleen is researching the psychological process of cancer survivorship. A co-authored paper “Unravelling the unknown” in the journal Illness, Loss and Crisis describes her experience with group counselling for carers of people with dementia. Other areas of interest are couples and family support and work place counselling.