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16 October 2012

Massachusetts General Hospital Senior HealthWISE Haber Lecture Series

On Thursday, October 18th,  I will offer the second of a two-part presentation for MGH Senior HealthWISE:

What Do Gratitude and Forgiveness Have to Do With Living and Aging Well?

Thursday, Oct 4 and Thursday, Oct 18, 11-12 noon, Haber Room, MGH, Boston, MA

Speaker: Bob Weber, Ph.D, Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychology, Harvard Medical School, Assistant in Psychology MGH

Part One focused on gratitude. In Part Two I will examine the qualities of forgiveness and how it can enhance our lives as we age, and

I will also propose exercises that increase our capacity for forgiveness.

 

3 October 2012

Massachusetts General Hospital Senior HealthWISE Haber Lecture Series

Tomorrw morning I will offer the first of a two-part presentation for MGH Senior HealthWISE:

What Do Gratitude and Forgiveness Have to Do With Living and Aging Well?

Thursday, Oct 4 and Thursday, Oct 18, 11-12 noon, Haber Room, MGH, Boston, MA

 Speaker: Bob Weber, Ph.D, Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychology, Harvard Medical School, Assistant in Psychology MGH

Join us for a two-part series on gratitude and forgiveness.  Dr. Bob Weber will examine the qualities of gratitude and forgiveness and how they can enhance our lives as we age.

He will also propose exercises that increase our capacity for both gratitude and forgiveness.

On Thursday, October 4th Dr. Weber will explore the topic of gratitude and on Thursday, Oct 18th he will focus on forgiveness.

You are invited to attend either program individually if you are unable to attend both. Each program will stand alone.

24 September 2012

Free Webcast Exploring Spiritual Opportunties in the Second Half of Life on Revolutionize Retirement

Folks,

 

On Tuesday, September 25th, I will present a FREE, ONE-HOUR webcast for Dorian Mintzer’s Baby Boomers Plus-oriented program, “Revolutionize Your Retirement.”  It is entitled “Exploring Spiritual Paths in the Second Half of Life” and runs from 12 PM to 1 PM.

 

If you, your students  or any of your clients are interested in the topic, follow these instructions to sign up:

  1. Go to www.revolutionizeretirement.com
  2. Click on the tab in the upper left, “Check out my new interview series”
  3. Enter your name and email address
  4. Click sign up and you will quickly receive a confirming email
  5. Once you rely to the confirmation email, you can go to the site where you will find instructions for accessing the webcast live and a handout
  6. Even if you cannot listen to the webcast on Tuesday at noon, signing up will enable you
    1. to listen to a recording of the webcast anytime you choose after Tuesday the 25th, and
    2. to access my handout

16 December 2011

DEVELOPING RESILIENCE THROUGH SPIRITUAL EXERCISE IN THE SECOND HALF OF LIFE – Question Three

What does it mean to be free—especially in light of the ebbing of physicality, social connection, and self-respect?

  1. What illusions does aging dispel?
  2. Which illusions are the most difficult to let go?
  3. Is there a positive purpose to keeping some of our illusions?  If so, which ones?
  4. Why have we allowed certain events, things, and people to have power over us?
  5. What still keeps you at the mercy of particular events, things, and people?

11 December 2011

DEVELOPING RESILIENCE THROUGH SPIRITUAL EXERCISE IN THE SECOND HALF OF LIFE- Question Two

How and why is waking up and breaking denial a pre-requisite for spiritual growth?

  1. Why do we want to stay asleep?
  2. What wakes you up?
  3. Has there been one particular experience that has finally awakened you?
  4. What do you think God wants to awaken you to?
  5. Is there a constructive role for regret, shame, and guilt?

10 December 2011

DEVELOPING RESILIENCE THROUGH SPIRITUAL EXERCISE IN THE SECOND HALF OF LIFE – Question One

Just back from the Fifth International Conference on Positive Aging entitled “Innovation in Positive Aging.” It was hosted by Fielding Graduate University and held in Los Angeles, California at The Center for Healthy Communities of The California Endowment.

My colleague, Carol Orsborn, Ph.D. and I, Bob Weber, Ph.D., convened a series of five presentations on the topic “Developing Resilience through Spiritual Exercise in the Second Half of Life.”

Each presentation focused on a different question about developing spiritual resilience.  This blog posting will sketch the first question and invite you to consider your own answers to the question.  Four succeeding posts will frame the other questions and invite your consideration of them as well.

Carol Orsborn is the author of many books including The Art of Resilience: 100 Paths to Wisdom and Strength in an Uncertain World.  Currently, Carol is Senior Vice President with www.CoroHealth.com which provides audio-based spiritual content for the long-term care community; Senior Strategist with www.VibrantNation.com; and CEO of www.BoomerInfluence.com.

As a clinical psychologist in private practice (Cambridge, MA); a supervisor, teacher and consultant at Massachusetts General Hospital (Boston, MA); and an Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychology at Harvard Medical School, my focus at this time is the integration of aging, spirituality and mental health. One fruit of my interest is www.ContemplAgeing.com.

The presentation at this conference arose from our mutual interest in these three elements, their interrelationship, and their integration.

For your reflection and consideration, here is the first overarching question and its five sub-questions:

What is mature spirituality?  And what is the relationship between mature spirituality and resilience?

  1. What is a psychologically and spiritually healthy vision of aging that neither reviles, marginalizes, nor romanticizes?
  2. How has your spirituality changed/deepened over time?
  3. What notions of God have you outgrown?
  4. What is the relationship between spirituality and religion?
  5. How can you assess your progress towards a more mature spirituality?

 

4 November 2011

Harvard Medical School Conference on Aging

AGING
Treatment Perspectives and Challenges

November 4–5, 2011 • Friday–Saturday
Radisson Hotel, Boston, MA
Earn up to 14 continuing education credits/units
(16.8 for nurses)

An overview of cutting edge issues in the treatment of the aging population. Speakers include world renown physician Sherwin Nuland on the art of aging; Mark Moss on the neurobiology of the older patient; Lisa Krinsky on LGBT issues; Robert Stickgold on sleep; Hilary Jacobs on addiction; Angela Botts on ethical challenges; Thomas Perls on living to 100; Artemis March on the end-of-life journey, and other topics pertinent to this age group.

This course is intended for health and mental health clinicians, geriatricians, researchers, educators, and others interested in the aged, and the aging process.

www.cme.hms.harvard.edu/courses/aging

On Saturday, November 5th, I will present “The Role of Spirituality in the Lives and Treatment of Older Adults.”

 

10 October 2011

MSPP Seminar: Developing Clinical Competence to Work with Psycho-Spiritual Issues

Tonight, I am offering a seminar for the Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology in Boston, MA as part of a course entitled, “Spiritually-Oriented Psychotherapy: Theory and Practice.” The course is coordinated by John McDargh, PhD., an Associate Professor of Theology at Boston College, Chestnut Hill, MA.

Psychology’s interest in spirituality has increased markedly in recent years.  As the field has begun to expand its originally narrow boundaries to capture the complexity of human experience across populations and world views, psychologists are increasingly called to consider and appreciate the complex roles that religion and spirituality play in their clients’ lives. 

Despite the increased attention given by the field of psychology to spiritual and religious issues, training in this area continues to be scarce and inadequate.  It is doubtful whether psychologists currently address the spiritual and religious needs of their clients adequately.

The purpose of this seminar is to enhance the competence of clinicians to address their clients’ religious and spiritual issues by developing greater awareness, knowledge, and skills.

3 October 2011

MGH Senior HealthWISE: Spiritual Opportunities in the Second Half of Life

On Thursday, October 6, 2011, from 11 am to 12 pm, I will give an invited presentation, “Spiritual Opportunities in the Second Half of Life,” at the Haber Room of Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) in Boston.

Following is a description of the program.

The possibilities for spiritual growth abound if you have the eyes to see them.  In the second half of life new opportunities for coming alive spiritually, opportunities that were not available at earlier stages of development, present themselves in abundance.

This presentation will invite you to explore the unique circumstances of the second half of your own life in a reflective, meditative, and contemplative way to seek, to discover, to unearth, and to realize these possibilities. 

In doing so you will experience an enhancement and deepening of your spirituality and so continue to live your life to the full.

By further developing and deepening a contemplative spirit you will begin to realize that your spiritual life grows not in spite of the unique challenges that you face in the second half of life, but because of those challenges.

Sponsoring the presentation is MGH Senior HealthWISE.  MGH Senior HealthWISE is a program of the MGH Center for Community Health Improvement (CCHI) and the MGH Geriatric Medicine Unit.

The program’s mission is to enhance the health and well-being of older adults in the neighborhoods that surround MGH.  This is achieved through education, support and community programming.

22 September 2011

The Spiritual Journey of the Second Half of Life, Campion Jesuit Renewal Center, Weston, MA

The Spiritual Journey of the Second Half of Life

Date: Saturday, October 1, 2011

Campion Jesuit Renewal Center

319 Concord Road

Weston, MA 02493-1398

(781) 419-1337

 

Time: 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m.
Cost: $35.00 Deposit: $10.00
Director: Robert L. Weber, Ph.D.

The possibilities for spiritual growth abound if you have the eyes to see them. In the second half of life new opportunities for coming alive spiritually, possibilities that were not available at earlier stages of development, present themselves in abundance. This day of prayer and reflection will invite you to enter the “sacred space” of the unique circumstances of the second half of your own life in a contemplative way to seek, to discover, and to realize these possibilities in order to enhance and deepen your spirituality so that you may live “life to the full.” By further developing and deepening a contemplative spirit you will begin to realize that your spiritual life grows not in spite of the unique challenges that you face in the second half of life, but because of those challenges.

FOR MORE INFORMATION AND TO REGISTER

www.campioncenter.org/programs/daysprayerreflection.htm