The BEST interest of the Patient – A morning with Dr. Nelia Drenth

Not one fussy with titles or formalities a meeting with Nelia is never planned over enough hours because the positive flow with which Dr. Nelia navigates life is captivating and makes you want to stay in her company for just a bit longer. launched a Suicide awareness campaign in September 2016 and Dr. Nelia became part of our journey. After starting with this Suicide awareness campaign inspired by the passing of my brother, I always remained under the impression that I would be okay.

I did not believe at any point in given time, that my brothers traumatic death would after more than a year, influence my behaviour in the way it did.

After sitting down with Dr. Nelia, I could truly understand why people would say, that a social worker could have a positive influence your life. That truly speaking to someone about your concerns, could point out subconscious worries, and that a truly gifted social worker could help you discover the answers to resolving these issues, without forcing the process.

I recall a conversation with Dr. Nelia, where she was worried about a patient; about the emotions coming from their sessions and leaving the patient without discussing those emotions, or not keeping in mind the effect those emotions, unexplained or unresolved would have on the patients immediate point in living life

Dying well: End of Life Psychosocial care – Dr. Nelia Drenth

We arrived at the Stabilis Treatment Centre in Pretoria the morning of the 21ste of January, to meet with a very excited Dr. Nelia Drenth. Her workshop focus was clear and the overall workshop flowed into an enjoyable morning. Not one to take on a lecturing tone of voice, Dr. Nelia made sure that everyone partook in his or her own way, without placing anybody on the spot, as what happens with most workshops. I was shocked at how quickly the time passed and before I knew it, it was time to go home.

Highlights of this workshop:

1. Before I die: This is a list that you need to write, to understand what goals or achievements you have before dying.

2. Understanding the Needs of the Patient: Seeing in a basic design, how the focus for a healthy person and a sick person differs.

3. Physical versus Emotional Suffering: Taking a look at how; resistance to dying causes the patient suffering.

4. HUG ARM: The basic use of an item like the hug arm can bring your family from far close.

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