Validation Mentioned in Dr. Goldman’s Book
The Power of Kindness
In his new bestseller The Power of Kindness, emergency physician and broadcaster Dr. Brian Goldman leaves the comfortable, familiar surroundings of the hospital in search of his own lost compassion. A top neuroscientist performs an MRI scan of his brain to see if he is hard-wired for empathy. A researcher at Western University probes his personality to learn if he has the traits of a psychopath. Goldman circles the planet to learn from some of the kindest people alive. At a long-term care home in rural Pennsylvania, he meets caregivers who practice Validation, an extraordinarily effective method that helps them unlock buried memories and feelings in seniors with advanced dementia. He meets Validation’s celebrated creator Naomi Feil, and learns how her uncanny gift for empathy helped turn a painful secret into a method that’s gaining traction in America and around the world. How effective is Validation? A young student tells Goldman the time she talked a gun-wielding robber into walking away from his crime. Powerful and engaging, The Power of Kindness takes us far from the theatre of medicine and into the world at large, and investigates why kindness is so vital to our existence. Goldman’s book is available online and in bookstores now. #PowerOfKindness2018
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Information, Courses, Opportunities and Educational Products
On this page you can find the latest information about Validation, new courses in development or available to take, opportunities to make a difference and further support Validation and educational products such as books, DVDs and videos.
New Internet Supported Validation Worker Course
We would like to announce that we will be partnering with Hillcrest Retirement Community of Laverne, CA to hold an internet supported Validation Worker Course. The course will start on April 2, 2018. Click here for more information.
New AVO in Israel
Free Beginning Validation Support Group
We are happy to announce the formation of a free Beginning Validation Support Group for people who have attended a Validation workshop, read a one of Naomi’s books or taken the online “Beginning Validation” course.
This group is designed to give them support, coaching and new ideas for handling problem situations, opportunities for networking and encouragement and support for learning more Validation skills.
The meetings will be held on the last Thursday of the month.
The next meeting will be held on November 30th at 6pm PST/7pm MST/8pm CST/9pm EST, (USA time zones).
The meetings will be held via the internet using conferencing software. You will need a webcam and microphone, phone, smart phone or tablet to participate. The software link and meeting invitations will be sent to people who register for the group. You can register by emailing Jana at jana (at) vfvalidation (dot) org.
mmLearn.org Interviews Naomi and Vicki
The website mmLearn.org recently interviewed Naomi and Vicki in their Expert Interview Series. To learn more about how Validation improves the connection with older people with dementia click on the link to the interview.
World Wide Validation Speakers List
We are happy to announce that the VTI has created a list of Certified Validation Teachers who have completed their teaching requirements and meet our continuing education requirements on a yearly basis. These teachers are passionate about Validation, love to talk about it and would love to do a presentation for your organization. If you would like one of these experienced teachers to do a presentation at a conference or workshop for your organization, they would love to hear from you.
You can find the list on our new World Wide Speakers list page on the “Train in Validation” menu.
Petra Fercher has written an article entitled “So that People with Dementia can get in Contact with Each Other – What we can Learn from Group Validation,” about her research with Validation Groups (in German). It can be found in the Zeitschrift für Palliative Geriatrie (Journal of Palliative Geriatrics) 3/2016, pp 10-16. In it she discusses the reasons why people with dementia sit in their wheelchairs in the lobby and do not talk with their direct neighbors.
Principles and insights from group validation can help us understand better what people with dementia need in order to engage in conversations with each other. Care givers can enable people with dementia to get in contact. Examples from group validation and from participant observation in a research project show that care givers can help people with dementia to connect with each other even if they cannot do that by themselves.
New Masters Thesis
Miriam Klinger recently completed her masters thesis in Validation entitled “Communication in relation with a person who has dementia,” “Validation, a new approach for care-giving and nursing relatives.” The objective was to discover how helpful and supportive is Validation. The thesis is written in German and the abstract is available in English.