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Harvard University Presentation on Contemplative Aging

The Faith & Life Forum

Ageing as a Natural Monastery: A Time for Contemplative Ageing

Sunday, March 13, 2011

9:00 AM to 10:30 AM

Our Speaker: Dr. Robert Weber


Dr. Weber has a long-standing interest in and recent focus on the integration of psychology, spirituality and aging.  This integrative effort is born of his profession as a clinical psychologist and his lifelong commitment to personal spiritual development as both a lay Catholic and former Jesuit .

His Master’s thesis (1979) was entitled, “Value Changes and Adjustment in the Elderly.”  However, his interest in this integration is more than academic.  As a first year “baby boomer” himself, he has become increasingly aware of aging, both personally and professionally.

 Dr. Weber is an Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychology in the Department of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School.  He teaches, supervises and consults at Massachusetts General Hospital’s Department of Psychiatry and the Center for Group Therapy.  His private practice is located in Cambridge.

 As part of the Advisory Board of the Center for Psychotherapy and Spirituality at Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology, Dr. Weber is collaborating to develop a curriculum and programs designed to introduce students and other mental health professionals to psycho-spiritual issues that emerge in psychological treatment.  In addition, in 2010, he initiated an MSPP Annual Conference on Spirituality, Aging and Mental Health.  This year’s conference, “Hope and Healing: Clinical and Spiritual Encounters with Older Adults,” will be held May 14th.

 The Faith & Life Forum gathers upstairs in The Memorial Church in the Pusey Room for tea and coffee and a light continental breakfast from 9 to 9:30 AM, at which time our speaker begins our morning program.  All are warmly invited to attend the Forum.  The program draws to a close around 10:30 in time to attend the Service of Worship at 11:00.

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