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F23-301 Taboo Topics: Helping Adult Kids Discuss Tough Subjects with Their Parents

Total Credits: 3 including 3 Category I CE

300 Aging |  800 Online
Stephanie Goldstein, LBSW
Course Levels:
3 Hours 15 Minutes



Adult children and their elderly parents often struggle with frank discussion of critical issues. This interactive seminar will cover strategies on guiding the caregiver to sensitively handle taboo topics. The tough subjects will include normal aging, driving, finances, end of life issues, sexuality, and mental health. This program will assist professionals in mediating between adult children and their parents, as well as identifying when it is necessary for an adult child to take a more authoritative role while respecting self-determination.  


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Stephanie Goldstein is an associate speaker with Jenerations Health Education. She has guest lectured at Johns Hopkins University and is developing educational programs for healthy aging at local community colleges. Stephanie also works as a care manager in Towson, MD, where she assists clients and families who need assistance in advance care planning and understanding options available to their loved ones. She is not only an advocate for her clients but also for their caregivers to ensure they understand and are prepared for their journey.  

Agenda & Learning Objectives


8:50 – 9:00 Log on/Registration  

9:00 – 10:30  

What Are the Tough Subjects? 

Communication Strategies That Can Ease Discussion of Tough Subjects 

10:30 – 10:45 Break 

10:45 – 12:15 

Balancing the Seniors’ Decision-Making Ability, Cognitive Ability & Their Best Interests 

Best Practices and Effective Strategies in Approaching Tough Topics 

12:15 Questions and Adjournment 



Upon the completion of this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Name 6 tough taboo topics that present the greatest communication challenges for seniors and their caregivers.                                           

  • Identify 3 best practice communication strategies for caregivers to discuss difficult subjects with their elderly loved ones.            

  • Recognize situations in which caregivers need to place needs of seniors above seniors’ self-determination or vice versa.                      

  • Discuss and demonstrate best practices in communication strategies through case study analysis.      

Bibliography & References


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Fitzpatrick, Jennifer. (2016). Cruising Through Caregiving: Reducing the Stress of Caring for Your Loved One. Austin, TX: Greenleaf Book Group Press. 


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Smith H. Demonstrating empathy when communicating with older people. Nurs Older People. 2022 Feb 1;34(1):16-22. doi: 10.7748/nop.2022.e1376. Epub 2022 Jan 12. PMID: 35018750. 


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Course Completion & CE Information

Category I Maryland BSWE Requirement

The Office of Continuing Professional Education at the University Of Maryland School Of Social Work is authorized by the Board of Social Work Examiners in Maryland to sponsor social work continuing education programs. This workshop qualifies for {3} Category I Continuing Education Units. The Office of Continuing Professional Education is also authorized by the Maryland Board of Psychologists and the Maryland Board of Professional Counselors to sponsor Category A continuing professional education.

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Target Audience

Social Workers, LCPCs, and Psychologists

We welcome anyone interested in the topic!


Late Fees and Refunds

Fee & Registration:

Cost is $70 and includes CE credit. Registering after September 13th, 2023 will incur an additional $20 late fee. Cancellations* must be received 24 hours in advance prior to the workshop to receive a refund or an account credit.


*ALL cancellations will be subjected to a $35.00 administration fee.

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System Requirements:

  • Operating Systems: Windows XP or higher; MacOS 9 or higher; Android 4.0 or higher.
  • Internet Browser: Google Chrome; Firefox 10.0 or higher.

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  • Broadband Internet Connection: Cable, High-speed DSL and any other medium that is internet accessible.

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