The Bury Practice for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Workshop: Working with older people - holding a sense of self into later life

Professional development, events, training « Workshop: Working with older people - holding a sense of self into later life

Saturday 18 July 2015, 10.00 am - 4.00 pm, lunch included

The Active Business Centre, St Andrew's Street South, Bury St Edmunds, IP33 3PH
  [Google Maps]   [streetmap.co.uk]

Cost £50.00 per person, with concessions, includes a light lunch and refreshments. Concessions on a sliding scale up to 50% based on self assessment of need - please state need on booking (e.g. unemployed, self-funding student,...)

»  Booking form   (further information below)

Facilitator: Stephen Scott

My practice is as an educator and independent counsellor working within The Bury Practice for Counselling and Psychotherapy as an integrated CBT/psychodynamic counsellor.

I have been practicing therapeutically for over 20 years and also have significant experience working with older people in applied psychology services and other health care settings.

The impetus for delivering this workshop is a strong personal belief in positive ageing and the role of the therapist as a vessel that holds and values older people, regardless of health and status, to promoting an active, connected and healthy older age.

MBACP, Counsellor, Supervisor & University Educator

Indicative content

Cognitive decline in later life is associated with depression and a reduction in well-being and general health. This association will be examined with reference to the notion of maintaining a core sense of self in therapy.

We will examine the work of Tom Kitwood which examines the power of holding a person's sense of self as their memory and cognitive capacity diminish. We will explore the pressures and demands experienced as we take this role of "chancel for the other's identity" and engage in this final act of reciprocal giving. Tom Kitwood's seminal work on the capacity to act to maintain the person's sense of self through a process of cognitive decline will be explored with case example and materials drawn from both my own and your own experiences.

We will go on to examine the dynamic constructions of ageing exploring the newer construction of tasks of ageing within the literature.

Betty Friedan had a long career as a feminist activist. When she experienced labelling by her peers as "the grandmother of feminism" she experienced a pivotal shift and developed an equally rigorous and impassioned understanding of age and ageism in modern western society. During the workshop we will examine Friedan's emerging awareness of our society's constructions of age and the collective fixation with the "fountain of youth" within modern life styles and attitudes. Friedan's work culminates in an alternative position celebrating later life as "the fountain of age". As we examine these constructs and Friedan's paradigm shift we will inevitably examine our own relationship to ageing that potentially impacts on our own ageing, relationships to others and practice with older people.

A review of your learning will consolidate the session allowing you space to review your own shadow and the impact this workshop will have on your intra-psychic position towards older people.

The workshop is intended for people with a background in psychotherapy, counselling, health and social care.

Cost £50.00 per person, with concessions, includes a light lunch and refreshments. Concessions on a sliding scale up to 50% based on self assessment of need - please state need on booking (e.g. unemployed, self-funding student,...)

There is some car parking at The Active Business Centre and extensive public parking nearby.

To book for this event, please download (as a PDF), print off and complete the booking form, and post it to the address below, together with your payment.

Cheques should be made payable to The Bury Practice and sent to:

Susannah Burn
Treasurer
Bramley Cottage
4 Coates Drove
Isleham
Cambs.
CB7 5SJ

Please enclose an SAE if you want us to post you a confirmation of booking and receipt; or give your email address for confirmation by email.

Professional development, events, training « Workshop: Working with older people - holding a sense of self into later life