Sample Seminar and Lecture Topics

Sample Seminars, Workshops, and Guest Lectures

  • What Is Your Internal Age?  An Introduction to Social Gerontology (1-2 hours)
  • Looking Back on Our Lives:  Personality Development and the Life Review Process (2-3 hours)
  • The Life Review Process and the Role of Reminiscence (1 hour)
  • Secrets of the Life-Span:  Key Concepts from Developmental Psychology (3-4 hours)
  • Adults As Learners:  Characteristics and Course Design Considerations to Enhance Learning (3 hours)
  • Navigating the Paths of Mid-Life and Advanced Age (3-4 hours)
  • Parent-Child Relationships Across the Life-Span (3-4 hours)
  • Clinical Counselor Staff Training Program:  Highlights from the Literature of Life-Span Psychology and Applications to Clinical Settings (four-part seminar series; 10-14 hours)
  • Navigating the Grief Process:  A Survey of the Literature on Grief and Loss (life-span developmental perspective; 2-5 hours)
  • The Experience of Survivors:  Exploring Grief, Loss, and Creative Coping Strategies (reviews key variables impacting a loss, clinical counseling approaches, highlights from the field of Thanatology, and the role of culture in shaping our attitudes and expectations surrounding grief; 4-8 hours)
  • Life-Span Stages and Transitions:  Insights from the Humanities (2-5 hours)
  • The Psycho-Social Aspects of Retirement:  New Paths in the Retirement Years (3-4 hours)
  • The Psychology of Retirement:  Meeting the Emotional and Social Needs (4-12 hour program, depending on audience interests)
  • The Mindscapes of Memory:  Personality Development Across the Decades (2-3 hours)
  • Reflections on Reunions:  All the Ages We’ve Ever Been (programs vary in length)
  • The Psychology of the High School Experience (2-4 hour workshops)
  • Of Music and Memory:  Alive Inside and Neuro-Sentiment That Spans All Ages (2 hours)   [This topic is also addressed in a 2015 radio interview focusing on innovations and new resources in social gerontology.]
  • Grandparents and Grandchildren:  The Intersection of Love, Learning, and Legacy  (3 hours)
  • “The Village Movement” in the United States (1 hour; includes some content on Aging in Place)
  • The Values Americans Live By:  An Overview of the Theories of L.R. Kohl (designed for International and ESL audiences, in particular; 3-4 hours)
  • The Cultural Context of Grief and Pathways to Coping (2-4 hours)
  • Academic and graduate-level seminars are also available on research writing, presentations skills, audience analysis, and student retention topics.  Sample themes include Research Writing Strategies and Skills; Functional Outlines; Clarity, Cohesion, and Color in Composition; and Public Speaking Tips and Techniques (programs are available for both US and cross-cultural audiences).

Fees range from $200 – $300 per hour of program time; discounts are available for non-profit and community agencies.  Reduced fees for programs of four hours and longer. Travel is not included.

For further information about arranging a seminar or guest lecture, please contact:  eisen@umich.edu.

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