Does No Mean No? Working More Successfully with Resistant and Non-Compliant Elders and Their Families

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9:00 am-12:15 pm
$45.00 for morning session, or attend both sessions for $75.00
3.0 CEUs

  • LSW/LISW/SWA (RSX069601)
  • LPC/LPCC (RCX031303)
  • Nurses ​(via reciprocity with CSWMFT board)

One of the largest challenges facing those who work in the field of aging is clients who resist efforts at assistance and those who are non compliant with treatment plans. Their situations very often reach emergency levels or their health declines sharply as a result of these actions. Often service providers are in the position of advocating strongly for older adults to make their own care decisions while at the same time assisting families to make the best choice for all persons involved. It can be a difficult position with no easy answers. This workshop examines the reasons older adults engage in resistant and non-compliant behavior and suggests techniques to improve service delivery to these individuals. It will also describe ways of approaching elders and families when there are not obvious or easy answers to “solve” the situation. It will suggest strategies to provide meaningful interventions even when services are not available to meet all needs.

Objectives:

  • ​Identify the questions service providers should ask to determine who is their client (from among the various presenting parties)
  • List reasons clients can be resistant to assistance in the face of obvious needs
  • List reasons clients do not always comply with treatment or service plans
  • Describe strategies to offer and provide better assistance to these clients
  • Describe ways of communicating successfully with clients and their families when there are not ready options to fill their needs

Personality Development in the Second Half of Life: Coping with Life's (Little and Big) Curveballs

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1:00 pm-4:15 pm
$45.00 for afternoon session, or attend both sessions for $75.00
3.0 CEUs

  • LSW/LISW/SWA (RSX069601)
  • LPC/LPCC (RCX031303)
  • Nurses ​(via reciprocity with CSWMFT board)

For most of the last 2 centuries, it was assumed that a person’s personality developed or changed very little in the second half of life. In fact, most developmental theories (including those written by the important researchers of the early 20th century) spent 90% of their time analyzing the years from birth through age 25 and then lumping the rest of the lifespan into one or two broad categories. As the older population has grown in numbers however, researchers have begun focusing attention on them and have discovered that the development of personality does not stop at the end of adolescence but continues throughout the lifespan. This workshop looks at a variety of issues around this topic of personality in later life: including patterns of coping and interacting, the myth or reality of midlife crisis and beyond, personality and memory disorders, and the presence of personality disorders. It then provides practical implications of the research for clinicians to use in interacting more successfully with older adults in a variety of settings.​ ​

Objectives:

  • Describe the various types of research into the aging mind
  • Analyze 3 approaches to understanding personality over the lifespan - what is useful?
  • Describe the diagnoses of personality disorders in the DSM-IV and DSM-5.0 - continuity and change
  • Suggest 5 practical ways of interacting with various personalities we find challenging

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About the speaker: Paula Taliaferro, MGS, LSW

Paula works part time at the Central Ohio Area Agency on Aging as an Outreach & Education Specialist. As such, she has presented over 875 workshops in the last decade.  Paula holds a Master's Degree in Gerontology from Scripps Gerontology Center at Miami University and a License in Social Work in the State of Ohio. She is a PAC Approved Trainer under Teepa Snow's Positive Approach Certification. She is developer of the "Aging In Ohio" course which is required of many professionals who work with older adults.  In addition, she is one two developers of the "Fundamentals of Guardianship" course sponsored by the Ohio Supreme Court's Judicial College.