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Helping the Helper: Supporting Family Caregivers of Individuals with Dementia

May 12, 2017 9:00 am -
May 12, 2017 4:30 pm

Event Description

Annual Conference on Mental Health and Aging


Helping the Helper:

Supporting Family Caregivers of Individuals with Dementia


Co-sponsored by the Center for Mental Health and Aging and the 

Concentrations in Geropsychology, Neuropsychology and Health Psychology 

at William James College


Friday, May 12, 2017 | 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
William James College, One Wells Ave, Newton, MA

Program Director: Erlene Rosowsky, PsyD


This will be a full day offering of 6 content hours (6 CEs). There will be 4 presenters including the following: Neuropsychologist who is a dementia specialist, a health psychologist who will address the health impact on the caregiver (the “hidden patient”), a clinical social worker  who is a dementia specialist presenting cases and discussing strategies for what the caregiver and family can do, and a geriatric case manager discussing available home-based services.

9:00 - 9:15 am           Welcome - Erlene Rosowsky, PsyD

9:15 - 10:15               The Impact of Family Caregiving in Dementia on the Caregiver

                                  Geoffrey Tremont, PhD 

10:15 - 10:30             Break

10:30 - 12:00             Understanding Memory Loss and Dementia

                                  Maureen O’Connor, PhD

12:00 - 1:00 pm         Lunch

1:00 - 2:30                 Caregiving: Blessing or Burden? Providing Clinical Treatment

                                  to Caregivers including Exploring Resources in the Community

                                  Gayle Ann Clark, MSW

2:30 - 3:30                 Care Managers: An Integral Part of the Caregiver’s Team

                                  Karen Wasserman, LICSW

3:30 - 4:30                 Interactive Case-based Activity and Evaluations

                                  Jason Osher, PhD, Erlene Rosowsky, PsyD & Carolyn Rabin, PhD

Program Code: A617
6 CE Credits
: William James College, Newton
$130 (includes lunch)

​Erlene Rosowsky, PsyD, is a licensed psychologist and past-president of Needham Psychotherapy Associates, LLC.She specializes in the assessment and treatment of emotional problems at middle-age through later life. Specific interests are personality in older age, health and aging, and the older couple. Dr. Rosowsky divides her time between clinical practice and professional and community education. She is an Assistant Clinical Professor in Psychology in the Department of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School, and is affiliated with the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center – Needham Campus. She is a member of the Core Faculty of William James Collegey and is Director of their Center for Mental Health and Aging. Dr. Rosowsky is a Fellow in the Gerontological Society of America. Dr. Rosowsky is well-published in the professional literature, and is a popular national speaker and workshop leader for both professional and lay groups. She wrote a regular column, Speaking of Aging, for the Journal of Retirement Planning and serves as Chair of the Generations editorial board.

Gayle Clark, LICSW, Is the Director of the Geriatric Mental Health Outpatient Clinic at the VA Boston Healthcare System.  The 2 clinics located at the VA in Boston and Brockton provide MH treatment to older Veterans in the context of age related changes. In addition Gayle has a private practice in Cambridge near Harvard Square.

Maureen K. O'Connor, PsyD, ABPP-CN, is the Director of Neuropsychology at the Bedford Veterans Hospital and the Director of Cognitive Rehabilitation at the Center for Translational Cognitive Neuroscience. She is Assistant Professor of Neurology at Boston University School of Medicine.

Geoffrey Tremont, PhD, is Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Human Behavior at Brown University Medical School of and Director of Neuropsychology at Rhode Island and The Miriam Hospitals. Dr. Tremont is  also an Associate Director of the Brown University Clinical Psychology Training Consortium .

Karen Wasserman, LICSW, has worked with elders and their families for the past 30 years. Karen started Your Elder Experts, the Geriatric Care Management program at JF&CS in 1999, and has managed its growth into one of the Boston area’s leading Care Management practices.

Event Type:Continuing Education Program
Early registration ends on Aug 16, 2016.
Regular registration starts on Aug 17, 2016 and ends on May 01, 2017.
Late registration starts on May 02, 2017.


Registration Fees
Fee TypeEarlyRegularLate
 Supporting Family Caregivers of Individuals with Dementia - A617
Member Fee: $130.00$130.00$130.00
Non-Member Fee: $130.00$130.00$130.00

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