Effective Psychotherapeutic Approaches for Older Adults

Evidence-based research in psychotherapy indicates that effective practice methods and therapeutic approaches for older adults differ from those for the general population. Identify and examine psychotherapies that have proven to be more effective for older adults, and learn effective interviewing techniques when dealing with this population.

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What: Effective Psychotherapeutic Approaches for Older Adults

When: Last offered Apr 20, 2017. Check back for next offering.

Where: Pyle Center, 702 Langdon St., Madison, WI

Cost: $145

Continuing education credit: 5 hours (0.5 CEUs), 5 CECH (CHES) contact hours

Instructor: Marilyn Bonjean, EDD, LMFT, MS

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For additional information, contact SUZANNA WATERS CASTILLO, MSSW, PhD: 608-263-3174

Older adults often find it difficult to preserve their identities when they experience physical, psychological, environmental, and spiritual changes. Counseling older adults and their families requires professionals to enter complex systems, develop cooperative relationships, and intervene effectively.

This workshop gives you an opportunity to explore the unique features of counseling older adults. You will gain an understanding of skills such as establishing collaboration, assessment, case formulation, treatment planning, and use of self in the client system. You will learn from exercises that clarify each participant’s model of change creation and therapeutic interaction. The group also studies nonverbal information conveyed by the client’s body and the role of dissociation in complex cases.

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Learning objectives

  • To understand the unique features of counseling older adults and their families
  • To practice formulating interview questions, eliciting cooperation, shifting alliances to maintain collaboration, case formulation, and use of self
  • To clarify your own model of creating changes and positioning oneself in a complex system
  • To learn to observe, understand, and help clients use emotional information conveyed by physiological responses
  • To learn to recognize dissociation, manage it in the interview, and teach clients to use it purposefully