Leuven, Belgium

Ethics in Dementia Care 8th Edition

when 5 July 2022 - 8 July 2022
language English
duration 1 week
fee EUR 850

This course starts from an interdisciplinary perspective (incorporating philosophy, theology, medicine, social sciences, nursing, as well as normative and empirical ethics). During the course, national and international experts will give presentations on various ethical topics in the domain of dementia care. Time will be provided for intensive discussion and interaction. The language of instruction will be English.

Course leader

Chris Gastmans PhD -- Director of the Centre for Biomedical Ethics and Law, KU Leuven.

Target group

The course is of interest to participants from diverse professional backgrounds, such as health care administration, medicine, nursing, psychology, social work, philosophy and theology, and is open to healthcare and social workers, people from universities, university colleges, and patient associations, and members of ethics committees, and to PhD students undertaking courses of study in these areas.

The reading materials will be distributed electronically before the start of the summer course.
Accreditation points ‘Economy and Ethics’ for Belgian physicians and accreditation points of the Dutch ‘Stichting Kwaliteitsregister Geestelijk Verzorgers’ are requested.

Course aim

The objective of the course is to foster exchanges on foundational, clinical-ethical and organisational-ethical approaches to dementia care. More specifically, the aims of this course are:


(1) To analyse fundamental notions that occupy central stage in the field of dementia care ethics (i.e. various notions of care, the human person, vulnerability, and dignity). As such, extensive understanding will be provided into the philosophical and ethical foundations of dementia care practices.


(2) To educate participants on a range of ethical topics that figure largely in contemporary debates on dementia care, namely, use of electronic tracking devices, use of robotics, dealing with sexual expression, advance care planning, euthanasia and other end-of-life issues. These topics will be explored from philosophical-ethical and empirical-ethical perspectives.


(3) To introduce participants into a variety of stakeholders’ perspectives on ethics in dementia care: patients, relatives, nurses, physicians, institutional managers, and society as a whole.


(4) To establish exchange among national and international experts with respect to ethics in dementia care.

Fee info

EUR 850: Early bird registration fee (€850) applies until May 15th, 2022.
EUR 950: Late registration €950.