Gerontological Counseling

Gerontological Counseling


Friday, March 28
7:00 a.m. - 8:00 a.m.

NECA Day of Learning: Wellness in the Workplace
Career Development/Employment Counseling Academy
Program ID #113, Room 323A
Boomers: Recession = 3 R's - Retirement, Rewriting and Reinvention

60-Minute Session
Carolyn A. Greer 
Baby Boomers have led the parade for changes in our society. The economic recession created major changes in the world as the Boomers know it. The economic and employment picture has drasticly changed. What is ahead for the largest portion of our population? How will a changing population impact the total economy of the U.S. and possibly the world?


Friday, March 28
10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
AADA Day of Learning
Program ID #135, Room 302A-B
Changes in Leisure Activity Involvement in Widowed Older Adults: Revitalizing Lives through Volunteering

90-Minute Session, Advanced
Marcela Kepicova
Widowed older adults are emotionally and socially affected by spousal loss and, as a result, their daily leisure activity pattern might be disrupted. Widowed older adults are more likely experience depression and life dissatisfaction. This session will address issues related to specific change in leisure activities, gender differences of older adults struggling with loss, life satisfaction, and suggests ways to revitalize their lives.


Saturday, March 29
10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Human Development Across the Lifespan Academy
Program ID #239, Room 308A-B
Old, Poor, Sick, and Alone: Meeting the Complex Mental Health Needs of the Marginalized Elders Among Us

90-Minute Session, Advanced
Kathryn Z. Douthit, Karen L. Mackie, Thomas Christensen 
The rapidly expanding number of diverse older adults in the U.S. includes some of the most impoverished and marginalized individuals in our midst. Many of these elders will desperately need mental health services that are tailored to the special needs of this growing population. This session presents a model that details the predominant sources of threat to gerontological mental health among marginalized individuals and will give special attention to the literature in the burgeoning field of psychoneuroimmunology and mind-body connection. A parallel comprehensive intervention model will also be presented.


Saturday, March 29
2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Program ID #250, Room 316C
Effective Strategies To Promote Cognitive Health in Older Adults: CBT, Therapeutic Lifestyle Changes, and Neurofeedback

90-Minute Session, Advanced
Carlos P. Zalaquett, SeriaShia J. Chatters, Thomas F. Collura 
As our population ages, it is becoming increasingly important for clinicians to understand and be proficient in techniques to help older adults from all backgrounds maintain a healthy life and treat mental disorders. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Therapeutic Lifestyle Changes (TLCs), and neurofeedback are empirically based therapeutic approaches that have been found to be effective in keeping a health mind and treating a variety of disorders in older adults. However, considerations must be taken when treating older adults from minority backgrounds. In this Sessionthe integration of enhanced CBT techniques, TLCs, and neurofeedback will be discussed when working with older adults from diverse backgrounds.


Sunday, March 30
7:00 a.m. - 8:00 a.m.

Human Development Across the Lifespan Academy
Program ID #306, Room 313B
The Use of Personal Narratives in Gerontological Counseling: A Narrative Therapy Approach

60-Minute Session
Don Redmond, Tara Overzat 
Narrative Therapy, a postmodern approach to counseling, maintains a focus on subjective truth and whereby the counselor facilitates the "re-authoring" of stories by the client. This session will focus on narrative techniques that are particularly useful when working with elder and disabled populations in that mainstream society often promotes values and images that can discourage populations that are not part of the youth and/or mainstream society. By utilizing personal narratives, counselors can provide a framework and environment that counteracts a client’s subjective dis-empowering story to uncover one that is about positive traits such as perseverance. This session will provide multimedia examples of techniques and case examples.


Sunday, March 30
8:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.

AARC Session
Program ID #341, Room 317B
Program Evaluation: Show Off What You're Doing, Identify What You Want To Start Doing

90-Minute Session
Michelle Perepiczka 
This session will provide a rationale for program evaluation across counseling settings and a brief primer to help decide what paradigms may best fit one's interests. Steps for identifying outcomes of interest, reviewing assessment protocols, developing an evaluation strategy, and appraising your results will be discussed.

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Professional / regular
$480

New Professional / student / retiree
$345

Non-member Attendee
$615

Non-member student
$505

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Preconference Learning Institutes

Advance Rates Thru 2/15/14

Professional / regular
Day: $170
Evening: $125

New Professional / student / retiree
Day: $125
Evening: $100

Non-member Attendee
Day: $230
Evening: $185

Non-member student
Day: $185
Evening: $160

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