CE Training: Caring for the Caregiver: A Psychotherapy for Isolated and Weary Family Caregivers

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Date(s) - November 11, 2014
9:00 AM - 12:15 PM

JSSA - Ina Kay Building

Contact Info:
301-816-2645 traininginstitute@jssa.org https://www.jssa.org/events/professionals-ce-training-meanings-skews-psychotherapy-careworn-isolated-family-caregivers/


Over 49 million Americans care for aging parents and disabled spouses each year. In this workshop by AARP columnist and the author of The Emotional Survival Guide for Caregivers, we will review research findings on the psychological and medical effects of long-term caregiving and discuss how modifying caregiver beliefs (including attributions, existential/spiritual meanings and attitudes towards giving and receiving help) can increase caregiver resilience and strengthen family ties. Video clips and transcripts will be used to demonstrate working with overwhelmed individual caregivers, contentious couples and divided and stalemated sibling groups.

Learning Objectives:

  • Review research findings on negative and positive psychological and medical effects of long-term family caregiving,
  • Describe two models of family stress and coping,
  • Identify 7 empirically supported means for increasing caregiver resilience,
  • Outline 4 areas of caregiver beliefs that significantly impact caregivers’ emotional responses to caregiving,
  • Explain 3 clinical methods for modifying maladaptive caregiver beliefs to decrease depression and reduce sibling dissension.


Barry J. Jacobs, Psy.D. is a clinical psychologist, family therapist and the author of the book, The Emotional Survival Guide for Caregivers—Looking After Yourself and Your Family While Helping an Aging Parent (Guilford, 2006). As a clinician, he specializes in helping families cope with serious and chronic medical illnesses. As an educator, he works as the Director of Behavioral Sciences for the Crozer-Keystone Family Medicine Residency Program in Springfield, PA and has had adjunct faculty positions with the Temple University School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing and the Department of Psychology of the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine.

CE Credits: Eligible for 3 CE credits

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