The Ageing Process. An exploration of the ageing identity

Community CPD Workshop – facilitated by Alessandra Merizzi

Date – 10/12/2016 
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 possibility of reflecting on and exploring how our identity changes during the ageing process. In Gestalt Therapy, as Peter Philippson (2009) asserts, identity is the result of the third interactive boundary of self emergence: personality, me/not me. Its primary function is to give a sense of self-continuity and it allows us to verbalise our story, our autobiography (Philippson, 2009).

Identity is one of the central aspects of getting old. Eric Erickson (1950) was one of the first authors to identify the centrality of psychosocial crises in older age that affect the person’s identity. He suggested that the major question of this phase of life is “Did I live a meaningful life?” and its answer would lead either to ego integrity or feelings of despair. During the ageing process our identity is challenged by other aspects as well, such as changes in our physical appearance, our abilities, our pace and in perceiving our Self. During the workshop, we won’t focus only on the past, instead we will add to our exploration of the questions “Who am I now?” and “Who will I be in the future?”

The aim will be to explore how the above aspects challenge our believed stability of our identity and how we could support ourselves in order to enrich our identity during the last phase of our life. It will include a theoretical presentation, experiential work and discussion. Please bring a few pictures of you in your childhood and youth/adulthood and a picture representing yourself in the future.

Cost: £15.00 (Early bird £10.00 payable by 12th November 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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