JSSA (Jewish Social Service Agency) Training Institute
Caring for the Caregiver:
A Psychotherapy for Isolated and Weary Family Caregivers
(3 continuing education credits)
Barry J. Jacobs, Psy.D.
November 11, 2014; 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Over 49 million Americans care for aging parents and disabled spouses each year. In this workshop by AARP columnist and the author of The Emotional Survival Guide for Caregivers, we will review research findings on the psychological and medical effects of long-term caregiving and discuss how modifying caregiver beliefs (including attributions, existential/spiritual meanings and attitudes towards giving and receiving help) can increase caregiver resilience and strengthen family ties. Video clips and transcripts will be used to demonstrate working with overwhelmed individual caregivers, contentious couples and divided and stalemated sibling groups.
- Review research findings on negative and positive psychological and medical effects of long-term family caregiving,
- Describe two models of family stress and coping,
- Identify 7 empirically supported means for increasing caregiver resilience,
- Outline 4 areas of caregiver beliefs that significantly impact caregivers’ emotional responses to caregiving,
- Explain 3 clinical methods for modifying maladaptive caregiver beliefs to decrease depression and reduce sibling dissension.
Barry J. Jacobs, Psy.D. is a clinical psychologist, family therapist and the author of the book, The Emotional Survival Guide for Caregivers—Looking After Yourself and Your Family While Helping an Aging Parent (Guilford, 2006). As a clinician, he specializes in helping families cope with serious and chronic medical illnesses. As an educator, he works as the Director of Behavioral Sciences for the Crozer-Keystone Family Medicine Residency Program in Springfield, PA and has had adjunct faculty positions with the Temple University School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing and the Department of Psychology of the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. He is the national spokesperson on family caregiving for the American Heart Association and a member of the AARP Caregivers Advisory Panel. He was a member of the American Psychological Association Presidential Task Force on Caregiving that produced the Caregiver Briefcase website. A former journalist, he writes a monthly column on family caregiving for AARP.org and was the long-time editor of the “In Sickness & Health” column for the APA journal Families, Systems & Health. He is a past board member of the Collaborative Family Healthcare Association, a national organization dedicated to the integration of physical and mental healthcare, and contributes frequently to its “Families and Health” blog. He is also an honorary board member of the Well Spouse Association and is on the expert panel for the Caregiving Crisis Great Challenge for TEDMED.com. Dr. Jacobs received his bachelor’s degree from Brown University and his doctorate in clinical psychology from Hahnemann/Widener Universities. He lives with his wife and two children in Swarthmore, PA. He maintains a website—www.emotionalsurvivalguide.com
This is a training for mental health professionals, and other health professionals.
Continuing Education: 3 Credits
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JSSA (Jewish Social Service Agency)
JSSA has been helping people across the Washington metropolitan area meet emotional, social, and physical challenges for more than 120 years. A nonsectarian provider, we serve people of all religious backgrounds, races and ethnicities, helping the youngest child to the most fragile senior, from individuals to entire families. JSSA provides services and support to more than 30,000 individuals and families a year through our wide range of counseling, educational, specialized employment, in-home support, hospice and nursing care, and social services.