Sara Honn Qualls, Ph.D., ABPP, is the Kraemer Family Professor of Aging Studies and a professor of psychology at the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs, where she serves as director of the Aging and Gerontology Centers.

She is passionate about helping people age well, helping families navigate the challenges of later life, and about developing university-community collaborations that provide innovative integrated care approaches to training, research, and service delivery.  She has published several books, including Caregiver Family Therapy and Aging and Mental Health.


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Navigating Transitions in Later Life

Who Should Attend:  Psychologists, mental health counselors, social workers, & other mental health professionals.

CE Workshop-October 27, 2017

Registration at 8:30 a.m.

9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Capitol Plaza Hotel & Conference Center

100 State Street

Montpelier, Vermont

Conference Schedule

8:30          Registration
9:00          A Topography of Later Life

10:00       Break
10:15       Resilience and Challenges in Psychotherapy

12:00       Lunch
1:00          Aging is Interpersonal: Families, Friends, & Providers

2:30          Break

2:45          Helping Caregiving Families

  • Identify normative and non-normative events in later life
  • Explain aging-related changes in cognitive and emotional functioning
  • List adaptations commonly needed in psychotherapeutic interventions with older adults
  • Provide a framework for family transitions into caregiving family structures

Continuing Education Credits:  The Vermont Psychological Association is approved by the American Psychological Association and the Vermont Board of Psychological Examiners to sponsor continuing education for psychologists.  VPA maintains responsibility for this program and its content.  CE certificates for six (6) continuing education credits will be awarded to participants who attend the entire workshop and complete the evaluation form.  Partial credits will not be awarded.  Late arrival or early departure will preclude receipt of a certificate.

Registration/Refund Policy:  Registration at the door is welcome, but is on a space-available basis only; all registrations at the door are $195.  No refunds will be offered for this program.

Directions to Capitol Plaza:  Travel I-89 to Exit 8.  At the second light, turn left.  At the next light, turn right onto State Street.  The Capitol Plaza is on your right at 100 State Street.  Complimentary parking permits are issued at the registration table for public & hotel parking behind the hotel.

Course Description:

The biopsychosocial model of well- being in later life invites a comprehensive approach to the later decades of the lifespan.  The workshop will examine what actually happens in later life, both normatively and non-normatively. Changes in cognitive and emotional processing of life experiences have direct implications for how psychotherapy needs to be adapted for older adults.  Social contexts of aging are particularly salient when health, social, and economic resources are compromised in later life.  A framework will be offered for understanding the transitions families experience as they move into caregiving roles along with a framework for assisting distressed caregiving families.