COUNSELING THE BABY BOOMERS:

Understanding the "Forever Young" generation as they age

The generation known as Baby Boomers consists of those born between 1946 and 1964. “Boomers” grew up in history-making times that included their own counter-culture activities, the Civil Rights Movement, the Vietnam War, protests, Watergate, and the assassinations of President John F. Kennedy and Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. For decades, Baby Boomers were America’s largest demographic group—a trend-setting target market for almost every consumer-driven area of life. Their generation spawned an emphasis on youthfulness that prevails to this day. This “Forever Young” generation embraces slogans like “60 is the new 40,” and “70 is the new 50.” Whether this is driven by advertising or by the consumers themselves, is unclear. But neither the retail or service industries want the Baby Boomers to slow down, or to stop going, doing and spending. This is the generation that says, “I’m not growing old gracefully; I’m resisting it every step of the way!” M any are making different choices about retirement than their parents made. They are generally inclined to live life to the fullest, even after the AARP card arrives. This workshop explores the bio-psycho-social-spiritual needs and patterns of Baby Boomers as described in various published works. We will compare the traditional models of human development with the Baby Boomer experience. We will look at the new stressors of “forever young” and talk about the implications for Boomers’ access to counseling services and how they may present in counseling. Special emphasis will be placed on multicultural awareness in working with Baby Boomers.


Baby Boomers were born between 1946 and 1964. “Boomers” grew up in history-making times that included their own counter-culture activity, the Civil Rights Movement, the Vietnam War, protests, Watergate, and the assassinations of JFK and MLK. For decades, they were America’s largest demographic group—a trend-setting target market for almost every consumer-driven area of life. Their generation spawned an emphasis on youthfulness that prevails to this day. This “Forever Young” generation embraces slogans like “60 is the new 40.” or “I’m not growing old gracefully; I’m resisting it every step of the way!” Whether this is driven by advertising or by the consumers themselves, is unclear. But neither the retail or service industries want the Boomers to slow down, or to stop going, doing and spending. This workshop explores the bio-psycho-social-spiritual needs and patterns of Baby Boomers today as described in various published works. We will compare the traditional models of human development with the Baby Boomer experience and talk about the implications for Boomers’ in counseling. Special emphasis will be placed on multicultural awareness in working with Baby Boomers.


Baby Boomers were born between 1946 and 1964. “Boomers” grew up in history-making times that included their own counter-culture activity, the Civil Rights Movement, the Vietnam War, protests, Watergate, and the assassinations of JFK and MLK. For decades, they were America’s largest demographic group—a trend-setting target market for almost every consumer-driven area of life. And they are the generation that spawned an emphasis on youthfulness that prevails to this day. This workshop explores the bio-psycho-social-spiritual needs and patterns of Baby Boomers today as described in various published works. We will compare the traditional models of human development with the Baby Boomer experience and talk about the implications for Boomers’ in counseling. Special emphasis will be placed on multicultural awareness in working with Baby Boomers. 

CONTINUING EDUCATION HOURS:

6 CORE contact hours of continuing education have been approved by the Licensed Professional Counselors Association of Georgia (LPCA CE Approval # 8791-20AW)

Course Curriculum

  SECTION 1: Foundations
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  SECTION 2: The Life and Times of Baby Boomers
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  SECTION 3: Adult Development and Aging
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  SECTION 4: Mental Health Issues Among Baby Boomers
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  SECTION 5: Social Issues Among Baby Boomers
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  Wrap up
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Dr. LaVerne H. Collins, NCC, LPC, LCMHC

Your Instructor


LaVerne Collins is a Licensed Professional Counselor, Master Addictions Counselor, and Certified Professional Clinical Supervisor with 20 years of experience as a National Certified Counselor. LaVerne earned her Bachelor of Science degree from Syracuse University. She has her M.S. Ed. In Community Counseling from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh and PhD in Christian Counseling at South Florida Bible College and Theological Seminary. In addition to being a Licensed Professional Counselor, LaVerne is an ordained Protestant minister. She has worked in public, private and parish settings in the roles of counselor, clinical trainer, clinical supervisor and executive director for mental health and substance abuse programs. In her practice, she uses her clinical and religious training to help clients develop whole-life (bio-psycho-social-spiritual) responses to the problems they face.

LaVerne is a trainer, speaker, and author. Her publications include numerous cover feature articles for Counselor Magazine; a published textbook chapter on Clinical Assessment in P. Ruiz & E.C. Strain (Eds) Lowinson & Ruiz’s Substance Abuse: A comprehensive textbook; and her own book, “The Fruit of Your Pain: Experiencing Spiritual Renewal through Seasons of Struggle."

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Explore and understand the historical context in which Baby Boomers ideas about mental health were formed.


Consider the values and psycho-social development of Baby Boomers through the lens of Erikson’s stages of development.




Use case studies to expand trainees’ awareness of multicultural and diversity considerations when working with Baby Boomers.