Getting Along - addressing relationships in dementia care

Hostedby Dementia Pathfinders CIC in collaboration with Innovations in Dementia

Course Date Course Time Location   To Book online
20th Nov 2018 10.00 - 16.30 Telford Click Here


The course fee is £125 per delegate. To book and pay on-line please click on the link above. If you would like to receive an invoice please complete our booking form and send to‚Äč 

We offer discount for family carers, to take advantage of this special offer, please contact or call 0845 257 2250

Getting Along’is a relationship-centred programme that works with any caregiving partnership. It seeks to equip couples/families to live better with the presence of dementia. This one-day training programme aims to equip front line staff and family carers to address BOTH sides of the caregiving relationship, working with couples TOGETHER to respond to the change in relationship dynamics. The focus of the training day will be on seeking to equip people to practically deliver a Getting Along session.

Prior to the workshop, delegates will be provided with a brief article to read that covers an element of the rationale for the Getting Along approach.

At the end of this one-day programme learners will:

  • Understand the broad impact of the presence of a dementia within a family and the network of relationships around it.
  • Have examined simple methods to observe interactions within the informal care-giving setting
  • Be able to reflect upon the content and impact of their own contact with families living with the presence of a dementia.
  • Gain confidence to respond to antagonisms within relationships
  • Be able to address and have a clearer understanding of both sides of the care-giving relationship.
  • Begin to adopt strategies and implement plans to equip people with dementia and their families live well and better with dementia within the organisation
  • Be familiar with the practicalities of delivering formal Getting Along© Sessions

About the Trainer
Damian Murphy: Damian is particularly interested in the promotion of relationship-centred approaches and is creator of the Getting Along approach and training programme. He has also facilitated the creation of A Good Life With Dementia – a course designed by people living with dementia for people with a recent diagnosis of dementia, with people with dementia as course tutors. With a background in learning disability nursing, and formation living in community in Latin America, Damian has spent 20 years working with people with dementia in acute, community and long term care settings. After a long association with Innovations, he became a co-director in September 2016. Damian enjoys language and languages, plodding around the local Park Run, singing (in the shower) and having a bet on the footy. He lives with the girl of his dreams and their 3 children in York.

Structure of the Programme

  • Introductions and rationale for a relationship-centred approach.
  • Two’s company – thinking about what we see on the front line and how you might capture that. Examination of case studies from real relationships in groups. 

BREAK 10-15 mins

  • Introducing Getting Along - Video, discussion.
  • Outcomes of the Getting Along pilot.
  • Sound Familiar? Addressing both sides of the caregiving relationship


  • Practicalities
    • Finding the right questions. – a look at what to put into each session
    • Introducing and setting up sessions
    • But what if…?
      • Treading on eggshells – broaching sensitive subjects with carers and people with dementia as and when they arise.
      • Responding to different scenarios

BREAK 10-15 mins

  • Over to you – Planning for action. Adopting a Getting Along approach
  • Evaluation and certificates


Further Information
Getting Along can be commissioned by an organisation for delivery in-house. To request further information or to discuss possible training please email or contact 0845 257 2260.