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Second Annual MSPP Conference on Spirituality, Aging and Mental Health

Annual Conference on Mental Health and Aging
Co-Sponsored by the
Center for Mental Health and Aging, the Institute for Clinical Health Psychology and the
Center for Psychotherapy and Spirituality at the Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology;
Boston University School of Social Work;
Smith College School for Social Work; Wheelock College;
Heller School for Social Policy and Management and the Lifespan Initiative on Health Aging (LIHA), Brandeis University

Hope and Healing:
Clinical and Spiritual Encounters with Older Adults

Saturday, May 14, 2011 | 9:00 am – 4:30 pm at MSPP

Guy Maytal, MD, Erlene Rosowsky, PsyD, Susan Shulman, PhD,
Jane Marie Thibault, PhD, Robert J. Waldinger, MD and
Robert L. Weber, PhD, presenters

This full-day conference will bring together experts in the fields of spirituality, mental health and gerontology. We will focus on the therapeutic impact of one’s spiritual life when integrated with clinical work as this relates to the aging process and mental health and illness.

Overarching questions to be addressed include:

  • How might the experience of the frequent and expectable challenges in later life be shaped 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 illness or the experience of having reached advanced old age?
  • How might the individual’s unique spiritual history guide mental health clinicians in their work with older adults?
  • When is spirituality an ally? When is it a core conflict?

In the morning this conference will elucidate an integration of clinical and spiritual perspectives on treatment through the following: a keynote presentation; a case presentation and discussion from clinical and spiritual perspectives; and a multi-disciplinary panel discussion. The afternoon workshop will address competence training to work with older adults and psycho-spiritual issues. Attendees will be encouraged to actively participate in this conference. There will be ample opportunity for creative interaction and group discussion.

A697 | 6 CE Credits | $130 includes lunch

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Posted in agingmental healthspiritual issuesspirituality on 7 March 2011
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