Aging and Limitation: Clinical Reflections

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This talk will focus on issues of aging and limitation as they affect both therapists and patients. Dr. McWilliams will discuss aging in the therapist, including practical and ethical challenges for professionals facing the diminishments of later life (e.g., cognitive decline, hearing loss, energy depletion).

She will note some clinical advantages of being an elderly therapist, highlighting in this context the difference between knowledge and wisdom. She will address aging in patients, including issues of diagnosis and treatment, with reference to the section on “Later Life” in the second edition of the Psychodynamic Diagnostic Manual. The emphasis throughout will be on clinical applications of the material; clinical vignettes will illustrate the concepts considered.

After this workshop, participants will be able to:

  1. Articulate three common professional misperceptions about working with elderly patients.
  2. Explicate the different life tasks for individuals who are respectively “young old” (ages 55-64) “middle old” (65-74), “old old” (75-84), and “oldest old (85+).
  3. Use the “Later Life” section of the Psychodynamic Diagnostic Manual (Guilford, 2017) to conceptualize central psychological issues in elderly patients.
  4. Discriminate conceptually between knowledge and wisdom.

Workshop Information


December 1, 2023


12:00 p.m.-2:00 p.m. EST


Online, live via Zoom


2 CE earned hours available for: New York State Psychologists, Psychoanalysis, Social Workers LMFT & LMHC and APA Psychologists


$50 – General Admission
$40 – Derner Alum, Adelphi faculty/clinical supervisor, Non-Adelphi psychoanalytic Candidate/student
$20 – Derner student/Postgraduate candidate

Registration will close 48 hours prior to the start of the event.


Nancy McWilliams, PhD, ABPP

Nancy McWilliams is Emerita Visiting Professor at Rutgers University’s Graduate School of Applied & Professional Psychology and has a private practice in Lambertville, NJ. She is a graduate of the National Psychological Association for Psychoanalysis and is also affiliated with the Center for Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis of New Jersey. She is author of Psychoanalytic Diagnosis (1994; rev. ed. 2011), Psychoanalytic Case Formulation (1999), Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy (2004), and Psychoanalytic Supervision (2021), all with Guilford Press. She has edited, coauthored, or contributed to several other books, and is Associate Editor of the Psychodynamic Diagnostic Manual (2006; 2 nd ed. 2017). A former president of the Division of Psychoanalysis (39) of the American Psychological Association, she is on the editorial board of Psychoanalytic Psychology and on the Board of Trustees of the Austen Riggs Center in Stockbridge, MA. She is an honorary member of the American Psychoanalytic Association, the Moscow Psychoanalytic Society, the Institute for Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy of Turin, Italy, and the Warsaw Scientific Association for Psychodynamic Psychotherapy. Her writings have been translated into 20 languages, and she has taught in 30 countries.

Credentialing Information

Adelphi University is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Adelphi University maintains responsibility for this program and its content. Adelphi University, Derner School of Psychology, is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Psychology as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed psychologists #PSY-0024 and by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #SW-0607 and by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed mental health counselors #MHC-0185 and by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed marriage and family therapists #MFT-0083.

Disclaimer Statement

This continuing education seminar, seminar instructor/s, and the Postgraduate Programs as the seminar’s sponsor, receive no commercial support for the content of instruction (e.g., research grants funding research findings etc.), or benefit for endorsement of products (e.g., books, training, drugs, etc.) that are known to present a conflict of interest.

Cancellation Policy

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