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Psychotherapy with the Elderly: Listening for Late Life Adaptations to the Earlier Core Conflict

This workshop will explore treatment of patients with depression, withdrawn mutism, acting out, and cognitive changes, from a psychoanalytic perspective. Case examples will be used to demonstrate how symptoms and adaptive attempts to deal with life changes in the nursing home and other settings reflect the underlying core conflict issues of unresolved dependence, lack of control, and unfilled self-actualization. A major question for therapists is whether and even if, to explore and possibly treat, these long term adaptations.

May 11, 2013 10:00 AM-1:15 PM*

Christina Healy R.N., M.A., Cert. Psya. is on the faculty at BGSP. She specializes as a psychiatric nurse clinician, working with the geriatric population. Ms. Healy has a special interest in Alzheimer's and addiction in the elderly.

Marjorie Kettell, Ph.D., Cert. Psya. is on the faculty at BGSP, and has extensive experience consulting to nursing homes. She has presented workshops on issues of aging for the past decade.

3 CE Credits                      

Participants will be able to:
1). Relate presenting symptoms to life changes and ways the patient is trying to adapt.
2) Listen for the underlying core conflict in the patient's contacts.
3). Evaluate how treatment can be informed beyond the symptoms by knowing the elderly patient's core conflict and current adaptive attempts to deal with a significant life change.

This event is free, to register click here.

*For those interested there will be an Informational Open House after the event at 1:30 PM