Dr. Elizabeth Wolfson, Chair of the MA in Clinical Psychology program at Antioch University Santa Barbara, will co-present with Dr. Juliet Rohde-Brown at the ninth annual Conference of the Society for Humanistic Psychology in San Francisco on Thursday, March 17.
The conference theme of Re-Visioning Human Potential, Education & Healthcare will explore topics that reflect the core issues of our time aimed at uniting people across differences and supporting humanity in its evolution. Dr. Wolfson and Dr. Rohde-Brown will present on the topic of Adults Giving Care to Adults: Existential Perspectives on What is Gotten, Given, and Given Up.
The presentation will reflect on what it means to be a “caregiver” individually and collectively in elder and/or partner care and/or in caring for a sibling with marked disability. The inter- and intra-personal challenges of caregiving along with systemic challenges and opportunities will be discussed. The balancing of the gift of giving with receiving will be addressed, including care for the self and the earth. Discussion will examine how the “cared-for” may also be viewed as caregivers for those facilitating their care. A framework of Humanistic Psychology will be offered to explore the unique needs of caregivers within a social system that is growing ever more reliant on mutual care.
In addition to serving as the Chair of the MACP program, Dr. Elizabeth Wolfson has over 30 years of experience in the clinical practice of psychotherapy, 16 years as an administrator in social services, 20 years teaching in higher education and agencies, and 6 years in faculty administration. Dr. Wolfson was a co-founder of Santa Barbara Village, a membership program supporting independent living for seniors. She developed a concentration in Healthy Aging in the MACP program and received the 2011 Intergenerational Effort of the Year Award from AARP and the Central Coast Commission for Seniors for this work. She has written and presented frequently on the topic of Mid-life Transition, Healthy Aging, and Caregiving. In addition to her academic commitments, Dr. Wolfson currently serves on the Board of California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists, California Chapter and has a private psychotherapy practice serving families and individuals of all ages in Santa Barbara.
Dr. Juliet Rohde-Brown is a licensed clinical psychologist and educator. Previously a faculty member at Antioch University Santa Barbara, she is currently a core faculty member and the Director of Clinical Training at Pacifica Graduate Institute and has a small private psychotherapy practice. She has written journal articles that have included such topics as forgiveness and family experiences in the context of disability, and she has presented on these topics in international academic and professional venues.
Posted on February 9, 2016