More than Mirroring: Carl Rogers’s Actualizing Tendency in the Care of Persons with Dementia

October 6, 2020 - 3:00 p.m. EDT

Mirroring is the most common communication skill taught to carers of people with dementia. Carers are taught to reflect back to the other his or her facial expressions, tone, word choices, and concerns. The basic idea is to offer oneself as a “mirror” in which the one cared for can feel him- or herself understood—recognized.
While a mirror is a helpful metaphor for conceptualizing how to communicate with people with dementia in a caring way, it can be unhelpful if we forget that it is a metaphor. The most profound modes of connecting with another person are far more creative than any mirror could ever be. And for a vital reason: what ultimately heals the distress of our souls is not seeing who we are reflected in another’s face, but rather, seeing in another’s face that who we are is infinitely more beautiful than we ever imagined ourselves to be.
Tom Kitwood, the originator of person-centered care, called this experience of seeing oneself in the eyes of an infinite love “grace.”
In this presentation, “More than Mirroring: Carl Rogers’s Actualizing Tendency,” Memory Bridge founder Michael Verde offers a penetrating illumination of one of the core concepts of Carl Rogers’s theory of human becoming—the actualizing tendency. The presentation’s focus will be on the implications—and applications—of the actualizing tendency for the care of people with dementia.
This presentation is part of a series called “Kitwood on Person-Centered Care.” The presentations in the series raise and answer the question “What did Tom Kitwood actually mean by person-centered care?” by thoughtfully exploring the principle sources of Kitwood’s conception of the term and practice. Carl Rogers, who first used the term “person-centered” to describe his philosophy of care, was one such profound influence on Kitwood’s teaching.
The presentations in this series are designed for professional and family carers and educators in the field of dementia care.
The webinar will include a 60-minute presentation, followed by 15 minutes for Q&A. If you’d like to attend but can’t make it on the 6th, register and we’ll send you a link to the recorded webinar. It will be available free for 3 days only following the live webinar to everyone who registers in advance.
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Event Details

Event Details

Michael Verde founded Memory Bridge in 2003. To date, Memory Bridge has connected over 8,000 people with and without dementia to each other in one-to-one relationships.

Michael speaks across the world on the subjects of literature, world religions, and communicating with people with dementia. His clients include Northern Trust Bank; Chevron; St. Christopher’s Hospice, England; Alzheimer’s Association of Australia; the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, and the Vero Beach Museum.

Date: October 06, 2020

Start time: 03:00 p.m. EDT

End time: 04:30 p.m. EDT

Venue: Online