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    Dr Brenda Bentley
    BA, MPA, MA, PhD

    Senior Lecturer, Counselling

    About me

    I am a registered clinical counsellor who has worked in palliative care settings in the US and Australia since 2009.  My research focuses on improving care for people diagnosed with life-limiting conditions, and improving mental health and well-being at the end of life.  I have specific expertise in working with people who have motor neurone disease, and in an end-of-life psychotherapy called Dignity Therapy.  My specialist expertise in Dignity Therapy includes the facilitation of training workshops and providing supervision for Dignity Therapists and others working with dying people and their families.

    My current research explores the feasibility of innovative modes of support for people who are dying and their families, including online psychotherapy for palliative care patients in Australia and volunteer provided “compassionate community” support.  I am also involved in a project which is evaluating optimal ways to provide community nursing services for neurological patients in Western Australia.

     

    Teaching area

    I coordinate, teach and tutor for the 6 credit point foundation unit for all postgraduate courses, CSL 582 Principles of Counselling 1.  This unit is offered on South Street in Semester 1, and in Mandurah in Semester 2.

    I also provide clinical supervision for Masters students on placement at Caladenia Counselling (CSL 679).

    I am a Fellow of the Higher Education Authority (UK), and a founding Fellow of Murdoch’s Learning Excellence Academy (LEAD).

    Teaching and Learning Research and Scholarship

    2017, Co-Presenter, “Leading the Way: developing an advanced programme for leadership in learning and teaching.” WA Teaching and Learning Forum 2017, Curtin University, Western Australia.

    2016, Presenter, “Incorporating peer- assessment and self-assessment into the foundation unit for postgraduate counselling courses.” Rapid Fire Presentation, The Conversation: Learning and Teaching Showcase, Murdoch University, Murdoch, Australia

    2016, Co-Investigator, “Leading the Way:  Developing an advanced programme for leadership in learning and teaching scholarship.”  $6,000 WAND small grant

    Awards and grants

    Grants

    2016, Co-investigator, “Developing a best practice community nursing model for neurological care for metropolitan Perth, Western Australia” $270,000 Neurological Council of WA

    2015, Chief Investigator, “Delivery of dignity therapy using e-health: A feasibility study.” $15,000 Murdoch University Small Grant

    2012-2014, Lead Investigator,The end of life experience of people with MND compared to those with cancer:  Family carers’ perspectives” $19,770 CaPCREU small grant

    Awards

    2015 Nina Buscombe Award

    2013 Nina Buscombe Award

     

    Events and speaking engagements

    Media

    “Impact of dignity therapy on MND family carers,” Curtin FM, 5 May 2014

    “The end of life experience of people with MND,” Health Professional Radio, 29 April 2014

    “Impact of dignity therapy on MND family carers,” Health Professional Radio, 29 April 2014

    “Finding the meaning of life,” West Australian, Health Section, p. 3, 16 October 2013

    “A dignified approach,” Health at Curtin, Vol. 5, p. 25, 2012

    Conference Presentations 

    Bentley, B., O’Connor, M. & Breen, L. (2017 July). “Counselling People with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis.” 5th Worldwide Nursing Conference, Singapore

    Bentley, B. (2017 April)Storytelling at the end of life: Narratives of people facing death.” ADEC 39th Annual Conference, Portland, OR, USA

    Bentley, B., O’Connor, M. & Breen, L. (2017 April) “Providing psychosocial care to people with severe physical symptoms.”  ADEC 39th Annual Conference, Portland, OR, USA

    Bentley L., & Bentley, B. (2016 November) “Advanced care planning in California: Organisational and consumer experiences using the POLST.” Palliative Care WA State Conference 2016

    Bentley B., (2016 November) “Good Grief! Towards evidence-informed practice and practice-informed research” Invited panel member at pre-conference symposium, Palliative Care WA State Conference 2016.

    Bentley, B., O’Connor, M., Breen, L., Kane, R. & Moorin, R. (2015 November) Delivery of dignity therapy using e-health: A feasibility study, Oral Presentation, WA Psycho-oncology Research Symposium, Perth, Australia

    Bentley, B. (2015 September) Dignity Therapy: a brief psychotherapy for dying patients and their families. Oral Presentation, Oral History Australia National Biennial Conference, Perth, Australia

    Bentley, B., O’Connor, M. & Breen, L. (2015 February) Dignity therapy for people with motor neurone disease, Oral Presentation, Australasian Society for Behavioural Health and Medicine, Annual Scientific Meeting, Perth, Australia

    Bentley, B, O’Connor, M. & Edis, R. (2014 December) The end of life experiences of people with motor neurone disease compared to people with cancer: Family carers perspectives, Oral Presentation, Allied Professional Forum, Intl ALS/MND Symposium,   Brussels, Belgium

    Bentley, B., O’Connor, M., & Breen, L. (2013 December) Dignity Therapy: A psychotherapeutic intervention to enhance the end of life experience for people with Motor Neurone Disease and their family carers. Platform presentation, International ALS/MND Symposium, Milan, Italy

    Bentley, B., O’Connor, M., & Edis, R. (2013 December) The end of life experience of people with MND compared to those with cancer: Family carers’ perspectives. Poster presentation, International ALS/MND Symposium, Milan, Italy

    Bentley, B., O’Connor, M., & Edis, R. (2013 November) The end-of-life experience of people with MND compared to those with cancer: Family carers’ perspectives, Poster
    Presentation, MND Australia Research Meeting, Sydney, Australia

    Bentley, B., Aoun, S., O’Connor, M., Breen, L. & Chochinov HM (2013 October) Dignity
    Therapy: a brief psychotherapy for dying 
    patients and their families. “How to” session, Australian Psychological Society Annual Conference, Cairns, Australia

    Bentley, B., Aoun, S., O’Connor, M., Breen, L. & Chochinov HM (2013 September) Dignity Therapy: a brief psychotherapy for dying  patients and their families. Workshop
    session, Australian Palliative Care Conference, Canberra, Australia

    Bentley, B., Aoun, S., O’Connor, M., Breen, L. & Chochinov HM  (2012 October) Workshop on dignity therapy’s ability to enhance the end of life; case examples from the dignity therapy/motor neurone disease study, WA Palliative Care Conf, Perth, Australia.

    Bentley, B., Aoun, S., O’Connor, M., Breen, L. & Chochinov HM  (2012 September) Dignity therapy’s ability  to effect change in patients and family: preliminary results from the Dignity Therapy/Motor Neurone  Disease study. Australian Psychological Society Annual Conference, Perth, Australia.

    Bentley, B., Aoun, S., O’Connor, M., Breen, L. & Chochinov HM  (2012 September) Dignity therapy’s ability to enhance the end of life for people with MND and their families; preliminary results from the dignity therapy/motor neurone disease study, National MND Conference, Adelaide, Australia.

    Professional and community service

     

    Professional Engagement

    I am a registered Clinical Counsellor with the Australian Counselling Association (ACA) and the Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia (PACFA).  I served on the PACFA West Leadership Group 2016-18, and I am currently an accreditation consultant assisting PACFA’s Education Program Accreditation Committee.  I am a member of Palliative Care WA and a collaborator with the Australian Centre for Grief and Bereavement.

    Workshops for Professionals

    I have been invited to help organise and present at several continuing education/professional development workshops on dignity therapy and end-of-life care.  These opportunities have helped to solidify my reputation as an expert in my field, and to connect and network with other professionals.   

    • 2018, Dignity Therapy Training Workshops – Australian Centre for Grief and Bereavement (ACGB) (VIC), Royal Prince Alfred Hospital ((NSW), SouthWest Health Care (VIC)
    • 2018 “Supporting Families Transitioning to Aged Care,” PACFA Webinar and ACGB Webinar
    • 2017, Curriculum developer and facilitator, 2017 Australian Dignity Therapy Training Workshop, 2 ½ day training short course, Murdoch University
    • 2016, Workshop Facilitator, Dignity therapy: From research to practice, PACFA West PD Day –From Research to Practice, Perth, Australia
    • 2013, Facilitator of a “How to” session, Dignity therapy: a brief psychotherapy to benefit dying patients and their families, Australian Psychological Society Annual Conference, Cairns, Australia.
    • 2013, Workshop Facilitator, Dignity therapy: a brief psychotherapy to benefit dying patients and their families, Australian Palliative Care Conference, Canberra, Australia.
    • 2013, Co-facilitator, A Palliative Approach to Caring for People with MND, Cancer Council, Perth, WA
    • 2012, Facilitator of workshop session, Workshop on dignity therapy’s ability to enhance the end of life for people; case examples from the dignity therapy/motor neurone disease study, WA Palliative Care Conference, Perth, Australia.
    • 2012, Co-facilitator, Dignity Therapy Training Workshop with Harvey Chochinov, WA Centre for Cancer and Palliative Care, Perth, WA
    • 2012, Co-facilitator, MND Care Workshop for Regional Providers, MND Association of WA, Bunbury, WA

    Community Engagement

    I have been an invited speaker at many community meetings, including:

    • 2018, Invited Presenter, Glyde-In Community Services, North Fremantle, WA
    • 2016, Panel Presenter, WAAMH Careers Evening, Perth, WA
    • 2016, Presenter, Forum on Developing a Best Practice Community Nurse Model for Neurological Care for Metropolitan Perth
    • 2015, Presenter, Nurse Education Forum, Neurological Council of WA
    • 2014, Presenter, Member Meeting, Oral History Association of WA
    • 2013, Presenter, Member Meeting, WA Psycho-oncology Journal Club
    • 2012, Presenter, Member Meeting, San Francisco Network for End-of Life Care
    • 2012, Presenter, MND Workshop-Bunbury, MND Association of WA
    • 2012, Presenter, Carers Lunch, MND Association of WA

    Doctoral and masters supervisions

    • Current PhD Supervision for Kathy McCoy:  “Evaluating a generic neurological service model to meet the needs of the neurological community of Western Australia.”
    • Current Masters HDR Supervision for Chelsey Phillips: “Counterbalancing quality-of-life and end-of-life perceptions of older individuals in Western Australia.”

    Publications

    Book Under Contract

    Bentley, Brenda & Armstrong, Russell, Dignity Therapy: A Practical Guide (due January 2020) Routledge, Oxfordshire, UK

    Refereed Journal Articles

    Pugh, J. D., Williams, A. M., Bentley, B., Pienaar, C. A., McCoy, K., & Monterosso, L. (2019). “Neurological patients’ and caregivers’ post-discharge challenges explored in a world café.” Collegian, doi:10.1016/j.colegn.2019.02.004

    Pugh, J., Williams, A., McCoy, K., Bentley, B. & Monterosso, L. (2018) “Rapid evidence assessment of approaches to community neurological nursing care for people with neurological conditions post-discharge from acute care hospital.” Health & Social Care in the Community 00:1–12

    Bentley, B., O’Connor, M., Shaw, J. & Breen, L. (2017) “A Narrative Review of Dignity Therapy Research.”  Australian Psychologist, 52(5), 354-362.

    Peranovich, T., & Bentley, B. (2016) “Men and menstruation: a qualitative exploration of beliefs, attitudes and experiences.” Sex Roles, 1-12  doi 10.1007/s11199-016-0701-3

    Bentley, B. & O’Connor, M.  (2016) “The end of life experiences of people with motor neurone disease: Family carers’ perspectives.” Journal of Palliative Medicine 19(8) 857-862

    Bentley, B. & M. O’Connor (2015) “Conducting research interviews with bereaved family carers: When do we ask?” Journal of Palliative Medicine 18(3) 241-245

    Bentley, B., O’Connor, M., Kane, R.,& Breen, L.J. (2014) “Feasibility, acceptability, and potential effectiveness of dignity therapy for people with motor neurone disease.” PLoS ONE 9(5)

    Bentley, B., O’Connor, M., Breen, L.J. & Kane, R. (2014) “Feasibility, acceptability, and potential effectiveness of dignity therapy for family carers of people with motor neurone  disease.” BMC Palliative Care 13:12

    Aoun, S, Bentley, B., Funk, L., Toye, C., Grande, G., Stajduhar, K. (2013) “A 10-year literature review of family caregiving for motor neurone disease: moving from caregiver burden studies to palliative care interventions,” Palliative Medicine, 27(5): 437-446

    Bentley, B., Aoun., S., O’Connor, M.,Breen, L. & Chochinov, HM (2012) “Is dignity therapy feasible to enhance the end of life experience for people with motor neurone disease and their family carers?” BMC Palliative Care, 11(1):18

     

    Refereed Conference Proceedings, Full Paper

    Bentley, B., O’Connor, M. & Breen, L. (2017 July). “Counselling People with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis.” In Annual International Conference Proceedings. Paper presented at 5th Worldwide Nursing Conference, pp. 286-292.  Singapore: Global Science and Technology Forum.  doi:10.5176/2315-4330_WNC17.131

    Non-refereed Publications

    Bentley, B., (2012) “It Takes the Time that it Takes” Journal of Palliative Medicine 15:8, p 949-50