27th May 2016
ILC South Africa, the South African Care Forum and North-West University (Optentia Research Focus Area) with the The Albertina and Walter Sisulu Institute of Ageing in Africa (IAA), University of Cape Town presented two workshops (in Johannesburg and Cape Town) on Presence and Attentiveness in Care during February and March 2016.
Attended by more than 80 participants, these day-long workshops were facilitated by Prof Andries Baart from the Netherlands and Prof Vera Roos from North West University, South Africa.
The workshops kicked off by contextualising the importance of ethics in the context of the growing number of older persons that will be in need of social and health care. Many health and social work professionals deal with older persons on a daily basis and their ethical attitude and engagement is a core part of how they provide care, and central to the caring relationship.
The workshops then aimed at operationalizing an Ethics of Care approach to everyday care practices by introducing participants to the theory of presence: the moral importance of relations between people, emotions as a source of knowledge, vulnerability, and the practices of care as sources of moral understanding.
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