The Ageing Process. An exploration of changes, losses and gains

Community CPD Workshop – facilitated by Alessandra Merizzi

Date – 05/11/2016
Time 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

This event is part of a trilogy of workshops oriented to the exploration of psychological aspects of ageing in a Gestalt Therapy key. The event is open to anyone from any background with an interest in this theme.

This community workshop wants to give you the opportunity to reflect upon and explore changes that are experienced when getting old. Ageing is one of the main phases of life with its variable and complex characteristics. One of its main aspects is the issue of changing.

Often, in getting old, the word “change” is linked to the word “loss” (biologically losing cells, physically losing speed, socially losing contacts, as examples). It is also true that changes in ageing brings gains, such as skills and experience, subsidised travel and more free time. The way we perceive and experience these changes influences the way we relate to ourselves in getting old. If, for instance, one’s memory ability is no longer so efficient, one can perceive it as a huge loss because one always had an excellent memory and because their mother had better memory even when old, they will start feeling unreliable, stupid and experience low self-esteem and loss of confidence. Every phase in life is distinguished by changes that involve both loss and gain, and we might go through crises in order to creatively adjust to the changes we face. Loss seems to be emphasised in the ageing process, although this emphasis depends on ours and others’ expectations, values and needs.

The aim will be to explore how aspects such as needs, values and expectations might influence the perception and experience of change during the ageing process, therefore how we creatively adjust to this. It will include a theoretical presentation, experiential work and discussion.

Cost: £15.00 (Early bird £10.00 payable by 08th October 2016)

Payment methods: by cheque, or through the website.

Also send in (or write on the web booking form) a paragraph or two about yourself and your interest in this workshop, plus your contact details and email address. Some reduced fee places may be available. Please enquire if you think you may be eligible. Refunds will only be given if for any reason we are unable to offer you a place or if the workshop is cancelled.

A certificate of attendance will be given out at the end of the day.

Alessandra Merizzi is a qualified clinical psychologist and psychotherapist and a member of Manchester Gestalt Centre. She is a Registered Member of the BACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy), a member of UKAGP (United Kingdom Association for Gestalt Practitioners), EAGT (European Association of Gestalt Therapy) and BPS (British Psychological Society) Division of Clinical Psychology and Faculty for the Psychology of Older People. She is currently working as a Gestalt Psychotherapist at the Manchester Gestalt Centre and as an Assistant Psychologist at the Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust, Oldham Memory Assessment and Treatment Service.

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