The Validation Method: A KHCA/KCAL Education Opportunity by Naomi Feil, MS

KHCA/KCAL is proud to present Naomi Feil, MS.  She will be presenting on her famous Validation Therapy method, in Wellsville, Kansas on December 10, 2013.

What is Validation Therapy? Validation is a tested model of practice that helps older adults who experience disorientation and memory loss to reduce stress and enhance dignity and happiness. Validation accepts the older adult who mentally returns to the past. Often, his/her retreat is not a form of mental illness or disease, it is a survival technique. They return to the past to relive the good times and resolve the bad times in this final struggle to find peace.

Purpose of Validation Workshop: This workshop is designed for health and human service workers, families and volunteers who wish to learn how to communicate with older adults who experience disorientation and memory loss. Its overall objectives are to restore dignity to the older adult, to teach empathy, to increase self-awareness of one’s own aging and to apply Validation Techniques.

About the Presenter: Naomi Feil, M.S., A.C.S.W, is the developer of Validation. She was born in Munich in 1932, and grew up in the Montefiore Home for the Aged in Cleveland, Ohio, where her father was the administrator and her mother, head of the Social Service Department. After graduating with a Masters degree in Social Work from Columbia University in New York, she began working with the elderly. Between 1963 and 1980 Mrs. Feil developed Validation as a response to her dissatisfaction with traditional methods of working with older adults who experience severe disorientation. In 1982 she published her first book, Validation: The Feil Method, which was revised in 1992. Her second book, The Validation Breakthrough, was published in 1993, and updated and revised in 2002. Mrs. Feil and her husband have made many films and videos about aging and Validation. Mrs. Feil is the Executive Director of the Validation Training Institute and a popular speaker in North America and Europe.

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