One Year Gerontology Program

One Year Gerontology Program

The later years of life bring new developmental issues, opportunities, and challenges.  In the Gerontology One Year Program, those who work with seniors will learn to to better understand those challenges and meet the emotional needs of aging adults.  The program enhances the knowledge of health care professionals, family caregivers, and anyone interested in the aging process.

Two consecutive classes are offered on one evening, on an every other week basis, each semester. Students receive a certificate of completion at the conclusion of the program.

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Please note: there is a non-refundable application fee of $50. Please fill out the application form and mail with application fee enclosed to: BGSP, 1581 Beacon Street, Brookline, MA 02446.



An introduction to the basic theories and techniques of psychoanalysis including regression, transference, resistance, and the psychosexual stages.

Maturational Concepts of Aging
The class is designed to help the participant:

  • Describe the developmental changes that occur in the brain during the aging process.
  • Discuss the physical changes that occur in the brain during the aging process
  • List common life events affecting seniors
  • Explore the concept of the life and death drives and its manifestation in the aging population
  • Discuss how the aging process affects caregivers

Basic Psychoanalytic Concepts
This class is designed to help the participant:

  • Discuss the concept of psychoanalytic listening
  • Explain the terms transference and resistance
  • Apply the concept of analytic listening
  • Describe the function of resistance in the aging population
  • Identify types of non verbal communication
  • Identify symbolic communication


Psychiatric Diagnosis in the Aging Population

This class is designed to help the participant:

  • Discuss depression, dementia and other major mental illness
  • Differentiate among the types of dementia
  • Describe the symptoms of major mental illness in the aging population and how they may differ from those of younger people
  • Discuss the use of analytic listening and emotional communication in the post-verbal individual
  • Discuss the impact of major mental illness on the caregiver

Advanced Psychoanalytic Concepts

The class is designed to help the participant:

  • Compare and contrast the concepts of transference, countertransference and induced feelings
  • Recognize the role of countertransference, resistance and induced feelings in the caregiver
  • Explore strategies for resolving resistances in working with the aging population
  • Discuss how to work with symbolic communication
  • Discuss strategies for applying psychoanalytic concepts in the aging population


Continuing Education Credit Information

Boston Graduate School of Psychoanalysis is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. BGSP maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

Boston Graduate School of Psychoanalysis (BGSP) is an NBCC Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 5676. The ACEP solely is responsible for this program, including the awarding of NBCC credit.

Boston Graduate School of Psychoanalysis is approved by the Department of Education of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts to be a Professional Development provider. One-Year Program courses offer one CE credit per hour of meeting time. The program totals 30 hours per semester. BGSP has submitted an application for social work continuing education credits. Please contact us at ContinuingEd@BGSP.edu for the status of social work CE accreditation.

“The afternoon of life is just as full of meaning as the morning; only, its meaning and purpose are different…..”
- Carl Jung


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