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We Are Never Too Old to Change: Perspectives on Psychotherapy with Aging Adults

Saturday-Sunday, December 8-9, 2018, 9AM-5:30PM

(Registration, check-in, continental breakfast, 8:30-9)

Fees: $360 flat fee

Continuing Education Credits: 12 CE/CME credit hours

This weekend’s conference is the second conference of our 6 weekend Training Program on the Study of Aging. Clinicians and geriatric care providers will hear presentations by senior clinicians discussing a wide range of treatment modalities for work with aging adults including intensive individual psychodynamic psychotherapy, psychotherapy in the context of integrated community-based support services, group therapy, sex therapy, and work with adult children of aging parents. Frequent transference and countertransference difficulties will be discussed.This highly interactive format will also include clinical vignettes, and case presentations will be incorporated throughout the two days. Small group discussion and psychodramatic methods will be employed to allow participants to explore and integrate the theoretical and treatment technique material presented.


Kathryn Chefetz, MSW

Kathryn Chefetz, MSW is a licensed clinical social worker engaged in the private practice of psychoanalysis, psychotherapy, and clinical consultation in N.W. Washington, D.C. and has a specialty working with aging adults. and patients with a history of trauma. She is a graduate of the Washington Psychoanalytic Institute where she is a faculty member, Chair of the Faculty and Program Evaluation Committee and past Chair of the Washington Psychoanalytic Center’s Clinic. She is a former faculty member of the Supervision Program and a faulty member of the certificate Program, The Study of Aging, at the Washington School of Psychiatry. She is a founding member of The New Directions Program: Writing and Critical Thinking From A Psychoanalytic Perspective at the Washington Center for Psychoanalysis.

Tybe Diamond, MSW

Tybe Diamond, MSW, is director of the Washington School of Psychiatry's Center for the Study of Aging and chairs the training program, The Study of Aging and Clinical Applications. She is a faculty member of the Couples Training Program at the Institute for Contemporary Psychotherapy & Psychoanalysis. Ms. Diamond is also President of Tybe Diamond and Associates, an organizational development consulting group. She is in private practice in Washington, DC and provides consultation to psychotherapists. 

Barbara Kane, MSW

Barbara Kane, MSW is the Director of Aging Network Services in Bethesda, Md. Aging Network Services is an organization of geriatric care managers and psychotherapists working with children of aging parents to provide consultation, in-home assessment, care management, psychotherapy and long-distance care. She is the co-author of the self-help book: Coping with Your Difficult Older Parent (1999) and co-author of a chapter in Adult Siblings Relations by Grief and Wooley (2016).

Barry McCarthy, Ph.D

Barry McCarthy, Ph.D. is a professor of psychology at American University, a diplomate in clinical psychology, a certified sex therapist, and a certified couple therapist. He has published more than 110 professional articles, 29 book chapters, and 14 books. Barry has presented more than 450 professional workshops in the United States and internationally. In 2016 he received the Masters and Johnson award for lifetime contributions to the sexuality field.

Lenore Pomerance, MSW

Lenore Pomerance, MSW has a 25-year private practice in individual, couples and group psychotherapy as well as supervision in Washington DC.  She specializes in chronic and terminal illness, mid-life issues of menopause, sexuality, aging and loss. She has led workshops reflecting all of these interests at many conferences.  She is on the faculty for the certificate program in The Aging Studies Program at the Washington School of Psychiatry.  She has published three articles in Voices: The Art and Science of Psychotherapy, the Journal of the American Academy of Psychotherapists: “Aging Baby Boomers: Denying Death and Menopause (Winter, 2003), “I’ll Have What He’s Having: The Search for a Female Viagra,” (Spring, 2014), and “Reclaiming at 70,” (Winter, 2017).

George Max Saiger, M.D. , CGP, FAGPA

George Max Saiger, M.D. , CGP, FAGPA has been certified by the National Board of Psychiatry and Neurology as a geriatric psychiatrist and his private practice tilts heavily in that direction.  He has treated older adults in emergency room, inpatient hospital, day hospital, adult day care, nursing home, and office settings.  For several decades he was on the faculty of the Group Psychotherapy Training Program/National Group Therapy Institute.  He was a founding chair of the Washington School of Psychiatry Center on Aging and remains an enthusiastic member of its faculty.

Margo Silberstein, Ed. D. C.P

Margo Silberstein, Ed. D. C.P. is a Psychologist and Psychodramatist practicing in Washington, D.C. Trained in  the 1970’s at St Elizabeths Hospital, she has directed services with community members  across the life span. She is a faculty member of the Center for the Study of Aging and of the ISTDP Programs  at the Washington School of Psychiatry. 

George Taler, M.D.

George Taler, MD, is board-certified in Family and Geriatric Medicine. He is Co-director of MedStar Washington Hospital Center's Medical House Call Program; Vice President for Medical Affairs of MedStar's Home Health Visiting Nurse Association; and Medical Director of Northwest Healthcare Center, a nursing home in Washington, DC.

Dr. Taler is involved in the provision of primary health care to frail elders living independently in their own homes. Dr. Taler is a spokesperson and advocate for Medicare reform to support the expansion of home-based elder care and to enact legislation to create pilot programs that would allow hospitals to share in cost savings to the Medicare program. In 2006, Dr. Taler was selected for a Special Achievement Award by the American Academy of Home Care Providers. His community leadership activities have included Past-President of the Maryland Gerontological Association, Founding President of the Maryland Geriatrics Society, and President of the American Academy of Home Care Physicians.  Dr. Taler's research has been published in Clinics in Geriatric Medicine, the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, the American Journal of Alzheimer's Disease and Other Dementias, and other peer-reviewed journals.

Ruth Shea, LICSW

Ruth Shea, LICSW holds a BA in Sociology from Anna Maria College in Massachusetts and a MSW from Catholic University of America. In addition she has earned certificates in Theology from Trinity University, Spirituality and Social Work from CUA and Psychotherapy with the Elderly from WSP. Ms. Shea’s career has focused on the field of aging. She joined the Medstar House Call Program team in 2009. In her capacity at MHCP, she works extensively with frail, elderly patients in their homes and their caregivers providing, psychotherapy, case management, caregiver support and bereavement counseling.



Participants will be able to:

  • Identify strengths that aging adults may bring to intensive psychodynamic psychotherapy
  • Describe the Contextual, Cohort-Based, Maturity, specific-Challenge Model for evaluating Aging Adults.
  • List common transference and countertransference factors in treatment with aging adults.
  • Describe the application of psychodrama in work with aging adults
  • Identify frequent challenges for adult children in caring for their aging parents
  • Describe common sexual problems experienced by aging adults
  • Identify psychotherapeutic techniques in working with sexual problems in aging adults
  • Describe characteristic issues arising in group psychotherapy with aging adults.




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 12 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.