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Why study this course?

There is increased focus within the counselling and psychotherapy profession concerning the psychological needs and wellbeing 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.There is increased focus within the counselling and psychotherapy profession concerning the psychological needs and wellbeing 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.

How can we be both sensitive and imaginative in working with older people, when they may feel isolated, stuck, depressed, or lack purpose?     It takes time to unravel their narrative, to stay with the images that unfold, to grapple with the sticking points and help the individual discover a greater sense of meaning to their life and death.   The task can be both challenging and rewarding and often lies in silent spaces beyond words.

Location Stroud
Category Talking Therapies
Details of Event
Start date 14 Mar 2020
Start time 10:00am
Venue Address GCS, Alma House, 52/53 High Street, Stroud, Gloucestershire, GL5 1AP
Cost
Amount £110
About
Organiser Gloucestershire Counselling Service
Speaker Diana Russell
Website https://gloscounselling.org.uk/product/cpd-workshops-and-short-courses/
Contact No. 01453 766310
Email info@gloscounselling.org.uk
Keywords Counselling, Psychological, Psychology, Psychotherapy, Therapy
Regions South, South West