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Another day-long conference on spirituality and aging will take place in the Boston area on Saturday, May 15, 2010.  The conference will be the first such annual conference on the topics of spirituality, aging, and mental health to be convened under the auspices of the Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology (MSPP).  It has been organized by Dr. Erlene Rosowsky, a Gero-Psychologist and Faculty member of MSPP, and Dr. Robert L. Weber, an Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychology in the Department of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and a member of the MSPP Psycho-Spirituality Initiative.  For more information contact the Continuing Education Department at MSPP.  Phone (617) 327-6777 or (888) 664-6777 (Toll Free).  Email at or via the website at


Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology

Boston, MA

 First Annual Conference on Spirituality, Aging and Mental Health

Saturday, May 15, 2010

Silent Connections

Spirituality, Mental Health and Illness in Old Age


This full-day conference will bring together experts in the fields of spirituality and gerontology to focus on the role of one’s spiritual life as this relates to mental wellness and illness in old age.

 Overarching questions to be addressed include: 

  • How might the experience of the frequent and expectable challenges in later life be colored by one’s spirituality or religious practice?
  • How might this inform the existential issue of facing life’s end, whether through a known life threatening or terminal illness or the experience of having reached advanced old age?
  • How might the individual’s unique spiritual history help mental health clinicians in their work with older adults?
  • When is spirituality an ally?  When could it become a core conflict?

 The conference will also address certain clinical conditions frequently seen in old age and their special relationship to spirituality, such as dementia, chronic depression, and complicated bereavement.

 Attendees will be encouraged to actively participate in this conference. In addition to the didactic presentations, there will be ample opportunity for creative interaction and discussion.

Posted in agingmental healthspirituality on 10 February 2010
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