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Hope Springs: Maintaining Intimacy and Desire in Long-Term Relationships in Older Adults

  • Sunday, March 21, 2021
  • 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
  • Zoom meeting


  • Registration Code Required

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Hope Springs: Maintaining Intimacy and Desire in Long-Term Relationships in Older Adults

Sponsored by the Center for the Study of Psychotherapy

for Older Adults and Clinical Applications


2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

WSP Members $30 and WSP Students: $15

Non-Members: $60

Program Description:

Explores the challenges of maintaining intimacy and desire in long-term relationships between older adults. Before the workshop, participants will watch the movie Hope Springs starring Meryl Streep and Tommy Lee Jones, a movie that explores a married couples’ problems with intimacy. Participants will need to rent the HD video for $3.99 at Amazon Prime to watch it. See:

This workshop will discuss the film’s exploration with humor and sensitivity the barriers couples frequently face in maintaining intimacy in their relationship, as well as illustrating struggles to  resolve fears of intimacy, and inhibitions, to create tolerance for vulnerability, and to improve communication, build mutual trust, and tolerate differences. Therapists who provide either individual and or couples therapy will find this workshop particularly helpful. 


  • Participants will describe sexual issues with older adults with greater knowledge and compassion;
  • Participants will demonstrate more insight into the sexual issues with older adults by learning that sexual and intimacy issues do not center on achieving orgasm in the sexual relationship;
  • Participants will demonstrate more insight into the intimacy issues with older adults by learning that intimacy is based on trust, deep knowledge of the other, being genuine and becoming erotic friends; 


Watch movie independently 

2:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.    Introduction of topics 

2:30 p.m. - 3:10 p.m.    Discussion

3:10 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.    Break

3:15 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.    Break Out Room discussions

          4:30 p.m. - 5:00  p.m.    Full group summary discussion 

About the Presenters

Kathryn Chefetz, MSW, is a licensed clinical social worker and psychoanalyst in the private practice of psychoanalysis, psychotherapy, and clinical consultation in N.W. Washington, D.C. and has a specialty working with aging adults, and patients with a history of trauma. She is a member of the Washington Baltimore Center for Psychoanalysis and a member of the Institute for Contemporary Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis and a founding member of the New Directions Program: Writing and Critical Thinking from a Psychoanalytic Perspective, She served as conference coordinator and presenter for Perspectives on Psychotherapy with Aging Adults, and Loneliness and the Impact of Isolation in the Time of the Covid-19 Pandemic: Personal Reflections and Implications for Clinical Work.

Dr. Tova Rubin is a licensed clinical psychologist in private practice in Rockville, Maryland. She has worked in a variety of settings including public and private Psychiatric Hospitals, Community mental health facilities-both inpatient and outpatient, University Counseling Services, as well as Emergency Rooms. She is currently a clinical faculty at George Washington University. Dr. Rubin is also a hospice volunteer and involved in grief and end of life issues, in particular issues of caregiving. Dr. Rubin is an expert in the emerging field of Positive Psychology and is regularly invited to give workshops and talks about positive psychology and mindfulness. Geriatric specialty: 5 year facilitator of Caregiver support group for Parkinsons patients’ spouses (all over 65);

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