New York State Society for Clinical Social Work Mid Hudson Chapter with The Advanced Clinical Education Foundation of the NYSSCSW Presents:


3.0 Contact Hours Will Be Awarded for This Program

Saturday, October 2, 2021

Course Number: 298      Location: ZOOM - Mid Hudson

Amy Schaffer, Ph.D.

Date: Saturday, Oct. 2, 2021
Logon Time:   

9:30am - 10:00am

Presentation: 10:00am - 1:00pm



The clinical treatment of older adults presents both unique challenges and rewards. In later life, in Erikson’s ninth stage, issues from earlier developmental stages may come back to haunt as relational conflicts, mastered sufficiently in earlier life, revive. In addition, current adversity may reawaken early trauma.  These ghosts from the past may create misery. Overwhelming affects may produce agitated states or emotional numbing and deadened depression (sometimes mistaken for dementia). The re-emergence of earlier difficulties, however, offers not merely trouble but also opportunity. Psychotherapy at this time can be highly effective, not only relieving suffering, but in many cases leading to striking psychological change and more fulfilling lives.

In this workshop we will combat ageist assumptions about the limitations of what psychotherapy can offer the aged. Dr. Schaffer will present a paper describing the psychological struggles of older adults and the role psychotherapy can play in facilitating growth. She will then offer an illustrative case example. In the discussion participants will be encouraged to share their own clinical material.


Format: Lecture, including case example, followed by discussion in which participants                 will be encouraged to apply the presented ideas to their own case material.

Handout:  Bibliography/References

Learning Objectives:

After attending this presentation, participants will be able to:

  1. List one psychological task faced in Erikson’s ninth stage.
  2. Identify two triggers in the experiences of older adults which evoke the affects of early trauma.
  3. Explain how the emergence of early self-states affect the sense of self of elders.
  4. Describe the role psychotherapy can play in facilitating psychological growth in older adults.

Amy Schaffer, Ph.D. is a faculty member and supervisor at the Institute for Contemporary Psychotherapy and the Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Study Center. She is a licensed psychologist in New York State and received her certification in Psychoanalysis and Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy from the Institute for Contemporary Psychotherapy in New York City, where she founded and directed their Two-year Training Program in Psychodynamic Psychotherapy.  Her background also includes psychodrama, psychological research, and college teaching.  She has a private practice in Manhattan and has worked clinically with older adults for 40 years. She has published papers in journals and is the author of Blooming in December: Psychodynamic Psychotherapy with Older Adults.

This seminar is appropriate for clinicians with all levels of experience.

Who May Benefit from attending: social workers, psychiatrists, psychologists, licensed psychoanalysts, nurse practitioners and family and marriage/couple therapists and mental
health counselors.

  • 3.0 Contact Hours will be awarded once the entire course is completed.
  • Certificates will be emailed approximately ten business days after the completion of the course.
  • For questions regarding disability access please contact Kristin or Jennifer, at time of registration, so that we can see to it that arrangements are made to accommodate your special needs:
  • For questions regarding course content, please contact Kristin or Jennifer:
  • In the event of any grievance please contact Dr. Susan Klett, Director of Professional Development at

Advanced Clinical Education (ACE) Foundation of the New York State Society for Clinical Social Work, Inc. is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Psychology as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed psychologists #PSY-0121. Advanced Clinical Education (ACE) Foundation of the NYS Society for Clinical Social Work, Inc. is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #SW-0056 and the State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed marriage and family therapists #MFT-0028, licensed mental health counselors #MHC-0045 and licensed psychoanalysts #P-0017.

Event Registration

Contact hours for this course
applicable for:

          LMSW         LP
          LMHC          PSY

Presentation:             10:00am - 1:00pm

Members:                 $20
               Non-members:        $60
               Students (Non-member) with ID:    $25

    Student fees are only for social work
        master level, full time students.

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     All registrations must be made by
   midnight, Wednesday, September 29th
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