A growing number of older adults are now caregiving for another adult. Often, these individuals develop poor physical and mental health due to the increased burdens they face. Caregivers’ loss of roles and opportunities to pursue goals related to their own development can also lead to demoralization/depression. This session will introduce the Possible Selves framework to assist counselors in clarifying and exploring caregivers’ hoped-for and feared selves as motivational tools for supporting their health and well-being.
Counselors, counselor educators, and supervisors will identify individuals and groups who are most likely to be recruited into caregiving roles, the impact that the caregiving role has the caregiver's physical and mental health, including specific neurocognitive processes linked with stress and depression.
Counselors, counselor educators, and supervisors will be able to identify hoped-for and feared possible selves that motivate their own self-care behavior,and a apply the possible selves framework to assist caregiving clients in exploring the hoped-for and feared selves that motivate them.
Counselors, counselor educators, and supervisors will identify a theoretical counseling framework they prefer when supporting caregivers and will identify ways in which the possible selves framework could be productively integrated into that counseling approach.