Meeting Adler’s Life Tasks in Later Life-

Presenter: Kerry Ann Kennelly, Psy.D.aturday, May 19, 2012 10 AM to 12 PM

Bethel ParkLibrary5100 West Library Road,BethelPark, 15102

Following retirement, some older people think they are being ‘put out to pasture’ and expected to sit in a rocking chair, watching television, waiting to die. But, more often than not, our seniors not only resist this type of thinking, they actively pursue new interests and work. Adler believed that the healthy person is one who engages in the life tasks of work, love, and community. Later, other Adlerian theorists added two more tasks: to know oneself and spirituality. This program will explore ways in which healthy older adults can continue to meet the life tasks, even as their physical health declines.

Objectives: Attendees will:

  • Understand the Adlerian Life Tasks of work, love, and community
  • Understand the tasks of self and spirituality
  • How the life tasks meet the need to belong
  • Know how to enjoy a good retirement while meeting the life tasks
  • Learn how to choose an assisted living facility or nursing home that will continue to help people meet the life tasks

Presenter: Kerry Ann Kennelly, Psy.D. – Secretary of WPSAP; Kerry holds an MA in Counseling and a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the Adler School of Professional Psychology in Chicago. She currently works part-time as an outpatient therapist at Mercy Behavioral Health; her private practice includes offering counseling with residents of 6 nursing homes and 2 assisted living facilities. In this practice, Kerry works with people who are making the adjustment to changes in their physical and social life. Her clients in these facilities often struggle with anxiety, depression, and the onset of dementia, as well as the physical health problems. Kerry also advises staff at the facilities on how to work with patients with behavior problems.

Continuing Education Credits: Two (2) hours of Continuing Education available. This program is co-sponsored by the North American Society of Adlerian Psychology (NASAP) and by the NASW-PA, SW Division. NASAP is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists and is recognized by the National Board of Certified Counselors (NBCC) to offer continuing education for counselors. NASAP maintains responsibility for this program and it content. Application has been made to NASW-PA, SW Division for continuing education. There is no fee for attendance. There is a nominal charge of $15.00 to process CEs for non-members of WPSAP and NASW- PA, SW Division. Cancellation Policy: Should the event have to be cancelled WPSAP will send out emails to all in the WPSAP address book. If you are not on that list, please check with the Bethel Park Library the morning of the event. (412835-2207). To insure an email contact, please send your email address to Special needs requests should be directed to Kerry Kennelly at 412 716 2078.


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