Join us for Attachment-Focused Integrative Reminiscence (Life Writing): Theory, Methods, Skills, and Phenomenological Experience, with Myra Sabir.
Integrative reminiscence is a form of life review in which memories are recalled, examined, appraised, and resolved, and has been shown to generate a wide range of mental and physical health benefits. It has been shown to reduce depression, anxiety, and perceived stress; to help resolve internal conflict, revise self-schemas, increase self-worth, disconfirm negative beliefs about the self; and to increase self-acceptance, self-esteem, and self-efficacy among other psychological health benefits. A substantial number of physical health benefits have also been attributed to integrative reminiscence including improved symptoms or arthritis, asthma, hypertension, diabetes, cardiac disease and faster recovery from cancer treatments. Social health benefits have included improved relationships, improved grades in college, and greater ease in gaining employment. Behavioral benefits (less smoking, drinking) have also been attributed to integrative reminiscence. Attachment-Focused Integrative Reminiscence (AFIR) (Sabir, Kang, Henderson, & Pillemer, 2015), or Life Writing, is life review with a focus on unresolved attachment-related memories. Prior research suggests that integrating unfavorable attachment experiences might be primarily responsible for the psychological and physical health benefits consistently attributed to integrative reminiscence. Working through attachment-related memories has also been shown to break the intergenerational cycle of insecure attachment.
This course offers 3 CEU credits for LMSWs, LMFTs, and LMHCs.