The Ageing Process. An exploration of the ageing Self

Community CPD Workshop – facilitated by Alessandra Merizzi

Date – 01/10/2016
Time 10:00 am – 1:00pm

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 Self is experienced during the ageing process. Depending on our cultural background and the society we live in, we might define ageing differently and this shapes our way of experiencing it as well. For instance, Western cultures and societies remind us of the negative aspects of getting old, thus we tend to acquire and potentiate false beliefs that undermine our self-esteem that may negatively affect our skills. In this way we start to experience our Self differently too.

How does this happen?
In Gestalt Therapy terms, Self is not a fixed aspect of our identity, it is instead an intersubjective instance, a co-creation that is part of the ongoing interaction between ourselves and the Other/environment. Our values and our cultural and personal constructs play an important role in the co-creation of Self and this may become particularly relevant in the process of ageing.

The aim will be to explore how aspects such as cultural constructs alongside biological definitions, stereotypes, religious attitudes and personal values might influence our experience of the ageing Self.

The workshop will include a theoretical presentation, experiential work and discussion.

Cost: £15.00 (Early bird £10.00 payable by 15th September 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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