What does it mean, what can it mean, for therapists who move into this stage--called “retirement”--when they don’t really feel “tired,” just ready for something else? In this workshop, we’ll discuss issues that typically emerge, for both our clients and for us personally, as we move into the later stages of the life cycle. Among the subjects we’ll explore are expressing unrealized talents and feelings; what we regret and what we can do about it; focusing on friendship; finding new communities; developing and expanding our primary relationship; and managing chronic illness and the increased awareness of death. We’ll investigate what we want to do for ourselves while we still have time, like dealing with money issues, learning to live more fully in the present, and staying intellectually and emotionally alive.
Gus Napier, Ph.D., studied family therapy with Carl Whitaker and was director of the Family Workshop in Atlanta, as well as adjunct associate professor of psychiatry at Emory University. He’s a writer, photographer, and occasional lecturer on family therapy topics.