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May 17, 2019
Geropsychology Research and Practice: Helping our Clients, Helping Ourselves
Facilitated by Dr. Candace Konnert

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Geropsychology Research and Practice: Helping our Clients, Helping Ourselves


Facilitated by Dr. Candace Konnert


Intended Audience

This workshop will have both a professional and personal emphasis. Professionally, it is intended for those who are interested in learning more about working with older clients and their families. Personally, it will explore participants’ own planning for future aging and negotiating age-related transitions such as retirement.


Learning Objectives

  • To review what the research tells us about aging well.
  • To learn more about case conceptualization with older adults using a model that encompasses their unique strengths, challenges, life experiences and contexts.
  • To provide information on evidence-based psychological treatments for older adults and their families.
  • To encourage participants to reflect on their own preparation for aging well, including how best to think about and plan for transitions.


Program Format and Schedule

This workshop will combine didactic instruction, case presentations, and reflective exercises to address the following questions:


  • What does it mean to age well and what are the implications for clinical practice?
  • How is working with older clients different or the same? What specialized knowledge do I need?
  • What evidence-based treatments are available for older adults and how can they be modified to meet the unique needs of older clients, for example, those who are physically frail or cognitively impaired?
  • How can we help family caregivers?
  • What types of ethical issues may be encountered when working with older adults and their family members, including medical assistance in dying?
  • How can we take the knowledge we have and use it to prepare for our own aging?


Date             Friday 17 May 2019


Time            9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.


Location      Sandman Signature Hotel: 25 Hopewell Way NE, Calgary




  Candace Konnert, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor of Psychology at the University of Calgary. Dr. Konnert teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in aging and clinical psychology. She has a strong interest in increasing the visibility of gerontological education and training in psychology and was recently awarded a University of Calgary Teaching Excellence Award and the Canadian Council of Professional Psychology Programs Excellence in Training Award. Dr. Konnert regularly presents on the topic of successful aging to community-based audiences. Research in her Healthy Aging Lab is devoted to promoting and supporting healthy aging across the life span within different contexts (e.g., cultural groups) and among older adults that are most vulnerable (e.g., nursing home residents). Her current research focuses on planning for future age-related life events among adults aged 50+, specifically addressing the facilitators and barriers to planning both individually and within families.



Continuing Education Credits

The Psychologists’ Association of Alberta (PAA) is approved by the Canadian Psychological Association (CPA) to offer Continuing Education (CE) for psychologists.  This workshop is offered for six (6.0) hours of CE Credit.  Full attendance at the workshop is required to receive Continuing Education Credits.  Partial credit will not be awarded, and late arrivals or early departure will preclude awarding of Continuing Education Credits.  PAA maintains responsibility for the program.


Cancellation and Refund Policy

Cancellation and refunds may be applied for by writing to the PAA office.  Cancellations received fourteen (14) days prior to the Continuing Education activity will receive a full refund of the registration fee, less a $25.00 + gst processing fee.  PAA reserves the right to cancel any activity, in which case a full refund of the registration fee will be provided.


Registration Fees

Early Bird
(by Mar 17, 2019)
Mar 17, 2019
and after
PAA Members & Affiliate Members $200.00 $225.00
PAA Student Members $140.00 $165.00
PAA Provisional Members $140.00 $165.00
Non-Members $265.00 $290.00

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