Artifice of Eternity
Aging and Long-Term Care
with Matthew Bennett

Arifice of Eternity - Matthew Bennett


Saturday, August 20
9:00 am-5:00 pm
Sunday, August 21
9:00 am-12:30 pm

10 Continuing Education Credits
for Psychologists (pending), MFTs, LCSWs, RNs, and Counselors

$325 General Admission

$275 Special Admission
(Full-Time Students, Pacifica Alumni, and Seniors)

$250 Active Pacifica Students
(Fees include Saturday breakfast, lunch, and dinner; and Sunday breakfast and lunch)

This workshop will include focus on psychological, biological, social, and spiritual dimensions to the aging process, with a special emphasis on psychodynamic and depth psychology perspectives. We will address the psychological imperative to continue meaning-making across the final stages of the life span, including some mythological and historical examples of individuals who encounter the defining challenges of aging. Specific topics include including identity and age, assessing and treating psychological disorders and substance abuse in aging individuals, types and levels of care, normal and pathological physical changes associated with aging, and assessment and reporting of elder and dependent adult abuse or neglect. This workshop is designed to meet the California Board of Psychology and Board of Behavioral Sciences requirement for ten hours of coursework in aging and long-term care prior to licensure and for renewal of licenses.

Matthew Bennett 100x120Matthew Bennett, Ph.D., is a licensed clinical psychologist with years of experience in applied public and private sector mental health settings. He is Director of Clinical Training for Pacifica Graduate Institute's Clinical Psychology Program, and also a lecturer at Pacifica. Dr. Bennett is President Elect of the Santa Barbara County Psychological Administration, and past positions include President Elect of the Psychology Department at Ventura County Medical Center, and founder and first Director of Training for Ventura County Department of Behavioral Health's pre-doctoral internship in clinical psychology. He maintains a private practice with offices in Ventura and Santa Barbara.

General Information

LOCATION: The seminar will be held at Pacifica Graduate Institute’s Ladera Lane Campus at 801 Ladera Lane, Santa Barbara, CA 93108. Located on 35 acres in the foothills of the Santa Ynez Mountains overlooking the Pacific Ocean, this residential retreat center provides a unique and peaceful environment for these events. This campus has lodging, dining facilities, parking onsite.

ACCOMMODATIONS: A limited number of rooms are available for participants at Pacifica’s Ladera Lane Campus.

Pacifica’s Ladera Lane Campus
$82.50 per night single occupancy
$115 per night couple occupancy
$125 per night double occupancy
plus 10% occupancy tax

Accommodations are simple, dormitory-style rooms with shared bath and shower. Single (twin or double bed), double (two twin beds), and couple (one double bed) rooms are available. Reservations for rooms must be made through Pacifica’s Public Program’s office. 

MEALS: Meals are provided to encourage ongoing dialogue and community exchange throughout the weekend. Included in your registration fee are Saturday breakfast, lunch, and dinner; and Sunday breakfast and lunch. If you are arriving early, the following meals are available for an additional fee: Friday breakfast ($12.50), lunch ($17.75), and dinner ($21.75). No other meals will be available. All extra meals must be ordered in advance through the Public Programs Department. Pacifica’s caterers make every attempt to provide healthful meals for our guests. Please indicate on the registration form if you need a special vegan or vegetarian meal or if you have other medical dietary restrictions. 

TRAVEL: Major airlines provide service into the Los Angeles International Airport located 90 miles south of Santa Barbara and into the Santa Barbara Municipal Airport, approximately 18 miles from the Campus. Information on ground transportation to and from Santa Barbara will be included with your confirmation letter.

REGISTRATION AND CANCELLATION: Space is limited in all events. Register early! To register, please complete the form and return it to Pacifica Graduate Institute, Public Programs, 249 Lambert Road, Carpinteria, CA 93013; fax to 805.879.7392; e-mail to; call 805.969.3626, ext. 103, or register online at Please include your email address as an email confirmation letter will be sent within 5 days of receipt of your registration.

To obtain a refund on your registration fee, send a written cancellation request postmarked no later than thirty days before the event. Tuition less a $50 processing fee will be refunded. No refunds on your registration fee will be made after that time. In the event that the program is sold out with a waitlist, if you return your seat to our office, and if we are able to transfer your registration to someone on the wait list, we will issue you a refund less the processing fee. Any registration transfers that do not go through our office will be assessed the processing fee onsite. For refund on accommodations at the Ladera Lane Campus, cancellation with full refund will be accepted up to 5 days before the event. Cancellations made 1-4 days before the event will receive a 50% refund. There will be no refund for cancellation on the day of the event.

SCHOLARSHIPS: A limited number of partial scholarships are available to those who find it prohibitive to pay the full cost of the seminar. To apply, send a letter of request with your registration and payment. Please be specific regarding your financial circumstances. If accepted, you will be contacted to approve processing payment.

CONTINUING EDUCATION CREDIT: 10 hours of continuing education credit is available for RNs through the California Board of Registered Nurses (provider #CEP 7177), for MFTs and LCSWs (provider #PCE 2278) through the California Board of Behavioral Sciences, and for National Certified Counselors (provider #5436), through the National Board of Certified Counselors. Pacifica adheres to NBCC continuing education guidelines. MCEP approval for psychologists is pending review. A $15 processing fee will be charged for each certificate requested.