The Existence of Dementia

  • Zoom
  • 21st Jan '22 11.00 am – 1.00 pm


This talk approaches dementia within two different epistemological frameworks. Simon will start with an account of ‘what is dementia?’ as if it were an object we could observe; this will include some basic facts. He will then move on to an account of ‘how is dementia lived?’.

Within a phenomenological exploration, we consider the lived nature of dementia in the context of interpersonal relationships, in time and in context. Simon refers to four hypothetical and composite case studies, based on his own lived encounters with the phenomenon. Details are changed and combined to maintain confidentiality.


Simon Wharne is a Counselling Psychologist who studied at the New School of Psychotherapy and Counselling, subsequently taking the post of Deputy Course Leader for the DCPsych programme. He has recently retired from the NHS where he worked for thirty-two years. In his career he was involved in research and service design, mostly with outreach services for those who live in the community with severe and enduring mental health problems. He managed community mental health teams for twenty years. More recently, he has worked as a Counselling Psychologist in an older adult community mental health service. 


This is a 2-hour online workshop via zoom.  Registrants will be emailed a link to join.

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21st Jan '22 11.00 am – 1.00 pm

£ 25.00 £25.00 each