Aging, Relationships & Women Approaching Retirement

Live* Broadcast Date:
Thursday, December 8, 2022
Live* Broadcast Time: 10:00 am to 5:00 pm ET

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*Can’t Attend Live? This webinar will be recorded and archived. All registrants will be given unlimited access to the recording for a full year after the Live Broadcast date.

This is Part 4 of a 4-part series hosted by Margaret Wehrenberg focused on counselling women in therapy through all life stages. Register for all 4 parts and automatically save 25%! Learn more about the 4-part series

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Aging Out — or Aging In. As women age, they can age out of life and begin to limit themselves and contract their lives. Or they can ‘age in’ and have fulfilling experiences with new challenges.

As therapists, we must first look at ourselves to see how we are aging or how we view others as they age. And we can help women age into a life that accommodates their abilities, talents, and interests.

Older women face predictable challenges related to health and to maintaining connections with others as they retire. Their families may live at a distance, and life partners and friends die.

Loss does not necessarily need to predict anxiety and depression, but women with these stresses do required informed support from psychotherapists to help them live well.

In this workshop, we will take a close look at retirement, with a special focus on women therapists retiring from practice.

We will examine our own ageism and look at how clients can self-sabotage with age biases of their own. Participants will have an opportunity to interact with each other and the presenters to discuss this topic in detail. We will also discuss how to work without age bias and promote positive expectations of aging for ourselves and for our clients. Methods to cope with anxiety and depression common to older women will also be woven into this interactive session.

At the conclusion of the workshop, attendees will be better able to:

  1. Identify their own age-bias and how it may affect treatment with older women and they will be able to help aging women identify and, if necessary, modify their expectations about aging that affect well-being
  2. Assist clients approaching retirement to plan for their transition and emotional needs to diminish stress, anxiety, depression or identity challenges that are predictable potential problems
  3. Be introduced to or review effective methods of relieving sadness, depression and anxiety related to health decline or loss of friendship and methods to help women clients maintain positive relationships with family and friends and to utilize resources in their communities effectively.

Margaret Wehrenberg


Margaret Wehrenberg, PsyD, a licensed clinical psychologist, is the author of 8 books on the treatment of anxiety and depression, including the best-selling, The 10 Best-Ever Anxiety Management Techniques and its accompanying workbook.  An expert on the treatment of anxiety and depression, she also has extensive training and expertise in the neurobiology of psychological disorders. In addition to clinical work, she coaches business professionals on managing anxiety and contributes articles for The Psychotherapy Networker magazine. She has produced audio soundtracks available on her website for breathing, muscle relaxation and imagery. Margaret blogs on depression for Psychology Today.

Lynn Grodzki is a psychotherapist and business coach in practice since 1988. Drawing on her previous career in business, she translates business strategies for mental health therapists, counsellors, and other helping professionals. Her books and teachings show readers how to reconcile profit with service and develop the mindset and maturity needed to succeed in private practice. She is a pioneer and thought-leader in the field of practice-building and ethical commerce.

Author of six books, Lynn’s best-selling Building Your Ideal Private Practice: 2nd Edition (W.W. Norton, 2015) has been considered the “bible” of private practice for two decades. She continues to break new ground with her most recent book Therapy With a Coaching Edge. It offers a paradigm-changing model for today’s therapists, showing them how to combine the leverage and results of a coaching approach with the wisdom and goals of psychotherapy.

Lynn Grodzki sits on the faculty of a large coach-training organization, is a past vice-president of the Washington, DC, chapter of the National Association of Social Workers, and has been a popular presenter at therapy conferences internationally in the US, Canada, Europe, and Australia for over 20 years.

TimeTopic Covered
10:00 am – 12:00 pm
  • Age-bias questionnaire administered and discussed in breakout rooms
  • Lecture about needs of older women for wellbeing, including socializing, exercise, sexual and intimate companionship, spirituality and community connection
  • Discussion of research on positive attitude and development of age-appropriate positive expectations
12:00 pm – 1:00pm 
  • Break
1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
  • Planning for successful retirement will include lecture and clips from interviews.
  • Methods to relieve anxiety and depression
3:00 pm – 3:15 pm
  • Break
3:15 pm – 5:00 pm
  • Focus on the challenges of sadness, loss and coping will include presentation of differentiation of normal/healthy expressions of sadness and coping from depression and anxiety.
  • Methods to respond helpfully in therapy will be described

This training offers 6 hours of direct contact (not counting breaks or lunch). It is the participant’s responsibility to check with their individual state boards/regulatory body to verify CE requirements for their license to practice.

For Live Broadcast Attendees

Webinar attendance by participants is automatically tracked, documented and archived for future reference. Upon confirming you have attended 100% of the webinar and upon completion of a course evaluation, you will be issued a certificate of participation (see below).

For Attendees of On Demand/Recorded Version

If you cannot verify 100% attendance of the Live Broadcast or if you are watching the On Demand/recorded version of this webinar, you will need to complete a Post-Webinar Quiz with a pass of at least 80% in order to verify your attendance.

For US Participants

  • Instructions on how obtaining your Certificate of Attendance will be distributed either upon completion of the Live Broadcast or after participants pass the Post-Webinar Quiz following the On Demand recorded version of the webinar.

For more general info about CEs for US Participants, please click here.  

For Canadian and International participants

Upon fulfillment of the above requirements, Canadian and international participants will be issued a Certificate of Participation which features:

  • Name of Participant
  • Title of Training
  • Name of Presenter plus their credentials
  • Number of hours of training
  • Date of training
  • Confirmation that you have passed a quiz with at least 80% grade to verify your attendance

Please check carefully with your regulating body/organization that this certificate is sufficient proof for you to claim CEUs.

For general information about Continuing Education for Canadians and International participants, please click here.  

This training is aimed at all mental health professionals including:

  • Marriage and Family Therapists
  • Clinical and Counselling Psychologists
  • Psychiatric Social Workers
  • Pastoral Counsellors
  • Psychotherapists
  • Psychiatrists
  • Physicians
  • Nurse Practitioners
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Counsellors
  • Graduate Students in Accredited Programs in the Above Fields
  • case managers
  • licensed professional counsellors
  • all other professionals who would like to develop, update or expand their skills and knowledge in mental health practices
6 Hour Webinar RateCAD $249.00 / USD $198
4-Part Series Webinar RateCAD $749.00 / USD $596

All pricing is in CAD$. The USD$ equivalent is about 30% less than CAD$. Click here to estimate webinar rate before taxes in your local currency.

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Event Detail

December 8, 2022 10:00 am
December 8, 2022 5:00 pm