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Prepare for the Surge of the Silver Tsunami: Learn about Working with the Aging Adult

Saturday, March 11, 2017

9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Sponsored by the Center for the Study of Aging and Clinical Applications

Workshop Chair:

Venus Masselam, PhD

Workshop Faculty:

Kathryn Chefetz, MSW
Tybe Diamond, MSW
Aleksandra Parpura, MD, PhD

Fees and CE/CME credit hours

Regular fee $180
WSP Current Members $120
WSP Current students $60

Other students please contact the administrative office.

CE/CME Award: 6 hours

At the Washington School of Psychiatry, 5028 Wisconsin Ave NW, #400, Washington DC 20016

The Washington School of Psychiatry Center for Aging will offer a day-long workshop for psychotherapists working with aging adults. Understanding developmental life span is necessary for working with the aging adult just as one would want to be understanding child and adolescent development when working with a toddler or adolescent. This growing body of knowledge on developmental lifespan and aging has not penetrated into everyday clinical practice.  The workshop will address the physical, psychological and social aspects associated with the separate phases of aging as part of lifespan development.

The reality of this stage, often unconscious, is one of a physical decline, losses and the inevitability of death.  One day we find aging to be fully upon us. The physical aspects of this stage, where one is focused on the care and maintenance of one's body,  brings us to a greater awareness of limits. However, meaning and purpose can be found. The opportunities for creativity, increased interiority and self- fulfillment are also part of  aging.

The workshop will include the foundational concepts on the Adult Aging Stage proposed in the writings of Bernice Neugarten in addition to other theorists. Neugarten delineated three separate phases of aging--the young old (60-74), the old-old (75-85), and the oldest old (85 plus.)  Specific tasks required for each aging phase will be discussed and illustrated with clinical vignettes brought by participants and faculty.

The workshop will be both experiential and didactic; attendees will have opportunities to examine their own personal reactions and feelings about aging. Participants are invited to bring in questions and concerns related to their own practice experiences.

Learning Objectives

  1. Describe the Adult Aging stage and its tasks.
  2. Define biological/physical changes of aging.
  3. Identify the interaction of physical and psychological aspects of aging and its implication  for working with aging adults.
  4. Describe Kubler-Ross’s Five Stages of Mourning  and J. William Worden’s Task-Based  Model of Bereavement.
  5. Discuss Bob Knight’s Contextual, Cohort-Based, Maturity, Specific-Challenge Model  for the evaluation of aging adults.
  6. Describe Neugarten's major personality types that explain an individual's adaptation to the aging process.
  7. Explain why personality is the pivotal dimension in describing and predicting patterns of aging.
  8. Discuss the importance of relationships for the aging adult.



Online registration has closed. Please call the office if you still wish to attend.

Cancellations and Refunds

Refunds will be made for cancellations received at the School office in writing at least 10 days before the seminar date and are subject to a non-refundable administrative fee of $50.

Who should attend?

The workshop is intended for psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers, psychiatric nurses, licensed professional counselors, marriage and family therapists, physicians, medical students, and other graduate students.


The Washington School of Psychiatry is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Washington School of Psychiatry maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

The School is approved by the Social Work Board of the State of Maryland as a provider of continuing education for social workers in DC, MD, VA and WV.

The Washington School of Psychiatry has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 6388. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. The Washington School of Psychiatry is solely responsible for all aspects of the program.

The School is accredited by MedChi, The Maryland State Medical Society to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The School designates each session for a maximum of _ of AMA PRA Category I Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Disclosure of Commercial Support and the Unlabeled use of a commercial product. No member of the planning committee and no member of the faculty for this event have a financial interest or other relationship with any commercial product.