- Susan Holmen
- 5 Hours 55 Minutes
- Audio and Video
- Sep 01, 2017
In order to find peace, joy, and meaning a person must gain acceptance of what has happened in the past and what is happening now, both good and bad, and find a way to integrate all of these things into the fabric of experience and personality. Transcending current changes, as well as unresolved traumas, disappointments and regrets is a vital process of growth that is of particular importance for your older adult clients. These “life stage” issues are seen in counseling settings more often as the population is aging.
This seminar provides ideas on how to use the skills you already have to teach or reinforce effective ways to cope with the “new normal” to older clients. It will also show you how to be a “witness” to the story and a “guide” that can assist the person to explore her/his life and experiences. It will introduce a viable, dynamic process for exploring depression, anxiety, relapse or onset of addictions, complex grief, obsessive-compulsive disorder, distorted thinking, and other mental disorders.
Combining traditional and alternative therapies, the seminar better prepares you to serve older adult clients who are still cognitively able to utilize therapy, are seeking help for subjective distress, and have a desire to learn how to feel better.
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CHALLENGES FACED BY AGING CLIENTS
- Life events associated with aging
- Relapse or onset of addictions
- Complex grief
- Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
- Disordered thinking
- Unresolved traumas, regrets, mistakes
- Case examples
- Group discussion
THEORETICAL FRAMEWORKS AND EVIDENCE-BASED PRACTICE MODELS
- History and background of life stage developmental theory
- Supportive therapy
- Client-Centered therapy
- Interpersonal therapy
- Cognitive-Behavioral therapy
- Relaxation and stress reduction
- Holistic modalities
- Experiential therapies
INTEGRATIVE TECHNIQUES FOR TRANSCENDING EXPERIENCES
- Explaining “integrating” and “transcending”
- Use of self as “witness” and “guide”
- Allowing older adult clients to tell their story
- Witnessing the story and validating the life experience
- Guiding clients to stay focused, understand meaning, move toward acceptance and set and meet achievable goals
- Client-centered philosophy
- Appropriate self-disclosure
- Advanced interpersonal skills
- Empathic communication
- Reframing and summarizing
- Normalizing and validating
- Case studies and demonstration
GROUP ACTIVITY: ROLE PLAY AND PRACTICE BEING A WITNESS
TEACHING CONCEPTS AND SKILLS
- “The New Normal”
- Identifying and accessing resources
- Communication with loved ones
- Challenging self-defeating thoughts and learning positive self-talk (REBT)
- Guided imagery
- Inner child work
Susan Holmen, MSW, LICSW, ICADC Related seminars and products: 1
Susan G. Holmen, MSW, LICSW, ICADC, has over 35 years of experience in counseling, public speaking, program development and training. She has worked as a psychotherapist and program coordinator in Minnesota, Louisiana and North Carolina. Ms. Holmen was a national trainer with the CMI Education Institute, providing a seminar on substance abuse to fellow clinicians. At present she is in private practice, owns her own consulting and training business, and is an Adjunct Professor in Social Work at St. Cloud State University.
Susan uses an eclectic approach in her work, incorporating such diverse models as family systems theory, communications theory, 12-step and addiction models, motivational interviewing, brief therapy, and cognitive therapy. She also utilizes alternative therapies, including guided imagery, meditation, and artwork. Ms. Holmen’s areas of specialty are addictions and addictive behaviors, relationship dynamics, codependency/self-esteem, family of origin issues, work-related issues, coping with chronic illness/pain, grief and loss, and spirituality.
Financial: Susan Holmen maintains a private practice. She is an adjunct professor at St. Cloud State University. Ms. Holmen receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.
Non-financial: Susan Holmen has no relevant non-financial relationship to disclose.
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