Narrative Gerontology: A Virtual Therapeutic Writing Workshop for Professionals

9:00 AM - 4:15 PM
CEUs: $80.00
No CEUs: $45.00
6.0 CEUs available for:

  • LSW/LISW/SWA (CSWMFT #: RSX069601)

  • LPC/LPCC (CSWMFT #: RCX031303)

  • Nurses ​(via reciprocity with the CSWMFT board)

  • (Pending) LNHA (BELTSS)



In this interactive webinar, participants will experience guided autobiography and legacy writing, aspects of narrative gerontology, a relatively new interdisciplinary field of practice to enhance physical, emotional, and cognitive well-being in late life.

In the early 1960s the gerontologist Robert Butler laid the foundation for life review, asserting that looking back from the vantage point of the present, individuals can re-frame their perspectives of past accomplishments and regrets, overcome bitterness, and move on with greater integrity and new purpose. Narrative interventions grew from this foundation and include writing genres such as memoir, guided autobiography, and legacy letter writing.

Geropsychologist and educator, Dr. Paula Hartman-Stein, has used narrative gerontology interventions in her clinical practice, conducted intergenerational writing groups in the community and workshops for professionals in the U.S. and Australia. She will explain the research evidence for therapeutic writing followed by leading participants through exercises that can be used with older adults and caregivers.


  • Describe the evidence for physical, psychological, & cognitive benefits of guided autobiographical writing.
  • Identify how narrative techniques can be used in behavioral healthcare settings with older adults and caregivers.
  • Experience guided autobiographical and legacy writing first hand.

About the Speaker: Paula Hartman-Stein, Ph.D

Paula Hartman-Stein, Ph.D. is a nationally recognized psychologist, consultant and educator who specializes in the challenges of late life. She obtained a doctoral degree in clinical psychology from Kent State University and had specialty training in geriatric mental health through the Geriatric Research and Education Center at Case Western Reserve University.

In addition to working for over 30 years in direct care, she has edited two books, Enhancing Cognitive Fitness in Adults and Innovative Behavioral Healthcare for Older Adults, published numerous journal articles and book chapters and has been a regular contributor on aging issues for The National Psychologist newspaper. Because of her interest in writing, she has used narrative techniques as therapeutic interventions and self-care strategies, leading narrative gerontology workshops nationally and in Australia. Retired from clinical practice, Dr. Hartman-Stein teaches through webinars and is an adjunct professor of Psychology at Brevard College in Brevard, North Carolina.


Class sizes are limited, so register early.  Classes with low registrations may be canceled.  If the class is canceled or moved, participants will be contacted via email at least 24 hours in advance.

Classes start and end on time.  To ensure a quality experience for all, please arrive at least 15 minutes prior to the class start time and find a seat.  CEU credits will be adjusted 0.25 credit hours for every 15 minutes not in attendance; adjusted certificates will be emailed to participants within 3 business days after the training.  Hard copies of certificates will be mailed upon request.

It is difficult to control room temperature to everyone's comfort level.  We suggest you dress in layers that can be adaptable to warm and cool temperatures.

For auditing purposes, arrival and departure times and signature are required on attendance sheets.