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Moving Mentor at An Event

2/11 to 2/14

2010 Annual Conference of Senior Move Managers

The National Association of Senior Move Managers (NASMM) is a 501(c)(6), not-for-profit, professional association of organizations dedicated to assisting older adults and families with the physical and emotional demands of downsizing, relocating, or modifying their homes. As the only professional association in the country devoted to helping the rapidly increasing 55+ population with middle and later life transition issues, NASMM members are committed to maximizing the dignity and autonomy of all older adults.

Dr. Barbara Perman will present "The DNA of a Move" to conference attendees.

Title: The DNA of A Move

B. Session Narrative:
While Senior Move Managers value their relationships with their clients, it is easy in the day-to-day work to get so caught up in the logistics of the move that they lose perspective on the "people" aspect of the process. The risk of this is that in the end, while the possessions have been relocated, the client is psychologically still back in their old place. Thus there are two primary ingredients to any move to which the move manager must pay attention: emotional and practical. The interweaving of these two aspects may be viewed as the "double helix" forming the DNA of the move. Move managers can be trained to maintain awareness of both aspects at once thereby increasing the quality of their service.

Essential to this training is the understanding that a move is a developmental process and not as an event. This process can be divided into four stages. Each stage is accompanied by a particular "feeling state" for the senior that is reflected in certain outward behaviors. A senior move manager can become skilled at "reading' these behaviors for the feelings behind them, and can then encourage the client to do the appropriate tasks to help move the process along.

In this workshop senior move managers will a) be introduced to the four developmental stages of a move, b) learn to identify behaviors at each of these stages and c) link these with appropriate tasks. Through lecture, demonstration, small group discussion and analysis of real-life examples, move managers will learn new skills and have new tools to improve the quality of their work. 

Session Objectives:
Participants will be able to:
1. Reframe moving so that it is viewed as a developmental process rather than as an event.
2. Identify four stages of this process and recognize the associated feelings expressed and behaviors manifested at each stage.
3. Link the emotional and practical aspects of moving to consciously move the client along a continuum toward an optimal outcome.

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Location: Las Vega, Nevada - Flamingo Hilton