Friday, April 5, 2019 from 9:00 AM to 4:30 PM EDT
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Hilton Fairlawn 
3180 W. Market St.
Akron, OH 44333

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Lori Smith 
Direction Home Akron Canton Area Agency on Aging & Disabilities 

April 5, 2019 CEU

The Power of the Pen: An experiential narrative gerontology workshop

9:00 - 4:30 pm
6.0 CEUs for LSWs, LISWs, SWAs, RNs (via reciprocity with the SW board) PC/PCCs, LNHAs (BELTSS)
Lunch provided


Narrative gerontology, a sub-field of aging studies meaning “life as story,” deepens our understanding of how individuals change internally in late life in psychological and spiritual ways. Guided autobiography, life review, legacy writing and reflective writing en plein air are examples of narrative gerontology interventions. This experiential writing workshop will provide research evidence for the psychological and health benefits of reflective writing as well as examples of application in therapeutic or community-based settings. Participants will do “close reading” of a patient’s writing and through several writing prompts, experience narrative gerontology first hand.

Therapeutic narrative gerontology techniques have been used increasingly in the fields of medicine, palliative care, social work, and psychology. This experiential workshop will demonstrate reflective writing techniques that can be added to the therapist’s toolbox.

  • Describe the research evidence for the physical, psychological, and cognitive benefits of reflective writing
  • Evaluate principles and structure of guided autobiography
  • Identify how narrative techniques are used in healthcare in the disciplines of social work, medicine, and psychology
  • Analyze the principles and structure of deep reading of a patient’s narrative
  • Utilize reflective writing techniques as tools in counseling, psychotherapy or use in long-term care settings for cognitive stimulation

ABOUT THE SPEAKER:  Paula Hartman-Stein, Ph.D.

Dr. Hartman-Stein is a nationally known behavioral health consultant, educator, writer and public speaker. She obtained a doctoral degree in clinical psychology from Kent State University and specialty training in geriatric mental health through the Geriatric Research and Education Center at Case Western Reserve University. In addition to working for three decades in direct care settings, she is a prolific writer, with two edited books, Enhancing Cognitive Fitness in Adults and Innovative Behavioral Healthcare for Older Adults, numerous articles in academic journals, a spiritual poem in the online publication, Soul-Lit, and over 120 newspaper articles on aging and Medicare for The National Psychologist. Dr. Hartman-Stein holds academic appointments at the University of Akron and the Integrated primary care certificate program at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. In 2018 she received an award from the American Psychological Association for Distinguished Professional Contributions to Independent Practice. Her interest in writing has led to using narrative techniques as therapeutic interventions and offering workshops to professional and lay audiences. She has broadened her promotion of the power of the pen to nature writing as a holistic approach to optimal aging. Currently Dr. Stein is completing an anthology of expressive writings generated through workshops for older adults conducted in nature settings. 

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Refunds will be made ONLY for cancellations received three work days prior to the event.  If received less than three days prior to the event, a credit can be issued for use at another program within the next 6 months of the original program date.  If notice of cancellation is not received before the date of the program, no refund will be issued.  PLEASE NOTE:  No shows will be charged the full registration fee.

CEUs will start promptly at the time listed in the registration inforamtion/pamphlet.  Credits will be adjusted 0.25 hours for every 15 minutes late arrival/early departure; adjusted certificates will be emaild to participants within 3 business days after the training.  Additionally, walk-ins will receive their certificates via email within 3 business days following the training.  Hard copies will be mailed by request.

For auditing purposes, both arrival time and signature are required on attendance sheets.