Growing older... and wiser?
52/53 High Street
There is increased focus within the counselling and psychotherapy profession concerning the psychological needs and well-being of our ageing population. It is encouraging that there is a willingness to reach out to older couples and individuals who are experiencing difficulties, but it can feel daunting too, especially when you are starting out and maybe at a distance in years from this age group.
When is old age anyway?
This seems to have shifted with 'new young 70-year-olds'. Is it nearer to 80 now, or does it depend on how we are feeling at any given time? You can feel set in your ways and on a downward path from 50+. However upbeat attitudes have become, old age and death are inevitable, and human beings are all too often beset with levels of distress, loss, and deteriorating capacities.
How can we be both sensitive and imaginative in working with older people, when they may feel isolated, stuck, depressed, or lack purpose?
This will be an experiential, interactive day for anyone in the caring professions interested in reflecting on their therapeutic work with older clients. We will find imaginative ways to help get alongside older clients and touch on some of the archetypes linked to this age group.
Diana Russell is a founder member of GCS & a Psychodynamic Psychotherapist. She has an MA in Dramatherapy - her research was ‘Growing Older’. Diana runs workshops for older people exploring their ageing process, the impact of bereavement, loss & life changes. She is part of the UKCP research group looking into ‘Conscious & Creative Ageing’.