National Institute of Nursing Education, PGIMER, Chandigarh organized a Continuing Education Programme on “Reminiscence Therapy” under the guidance of Dr. Sandhya Ghai, Principal, NINE, PGIMER & Dr. Sunita Sharma, Lecturer, NINE, PGIMER, Chandigarh. Reminiscence therapy involves “the recall of life events to improve psychological well-being”. Reminiscence therapy is an inexpensive and potentially beneficial approach to helping the elderly successfully and happily. It appears to provide them with a sense of overall life satisfaction and regain coping skills, and may also help to ameliorate the symptoms of depression and dementia. A total of 76 delegates which included the staff nurses, nursing teachers and post graduate students from PGIMER & various nursing institutes of Panjab, & Haryana attended the event. The Chief Guest for the day, Prof Ajit Avasthi, Head, Department of Psychiatry, PGIMER delivered the key note address. The Chief Guest briefed the delegates on roots and historical perspectives of Reminiscence therapy and its applications in mental health practice. Session was taken on therapeutic communication techniques by Dr. Sunita Sharma followed by sessions on steps of conducting reminiscence therapy. A live demonstration of therapy session was given by Ms. Mukta Thakur and supplemented by the chief guest Prof. Ajit Avasthi. The participants simulated the therapy sessions in the form of role play to acquire competence in conduction of sessions.
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