2014 Summer Institute on Aging
Over the course of a week at this year's Summer Institute on Aging, students examined multiple theoretical frameworks and associated interventions with some of the issues encountered by older adults. These frameworks offer perspectives that help to understand the clients, as well as to craft interventions appropriate to their various needs. Discussions included how each of the frameworks contributes to enhanced communication and relationships with our clients. Clients include individuals, couples, families or groups who are experiencing everyday issues as well as concerns related to cognitive impairment and progressive illness. The theoretical perspectives included narrative, cognitive behavioral, psychodynamic and family systems frameworks. In addition, techniques from the creative arts and mindfulness techniques were explored.
Presenters included professionals from a variety of disciplines and domains of practice who shared their expertise and how they make decisions about direct service. Guest speakers also included individuals and couples who generously teach us through their unique stories and styles of managing changes in cognition, behavior and related concerns.