Speaker to Address Adult Children and Parental Loss at Susquehanna
Published on April 5, 2010
SELINSGROVE—Pennsylvania psychologist and author Alexander Levy will speak to themes in his book, “The Orphaned Adult: Understanding and Coping with Grief and Change After the Death of Our Parents,” April 15 at 7 p.m. in Susquehanna University’s Charles B. Degenstein Campus Center, meeting rooms 2 and 3. Levy will discus parental death, ways of dealing with grief and how to help others who are bereft. The event is free and open to the public.
“The Orphaned Adult” addresses the sometimes surprising aftermath of parents’ passing for adult children. “Losing our parents when we ourselves are adults is in the natural order of things, a rite of passage into true adulthood,” says the book’s publisher. “But whether we lose them suddenly or after a prolonged illness, and whether we were close to or estranged from them, this passage proves inevitably more difficult than we thought it would be.”
Levy earned his undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Pittsburgh, and was licensed as a psychologist by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania in 1974. He worked as a gang and street psychologist in the late 1960s and, in the early ‘70s, founded and served as the first executive director of Alpha House Inc., one of Pittsburgh's pioneer multi-modality treatment centers for drug and alcohol abusers. He has taught, as adjunctive faculty, psychology- and writing-related courses at the Pennsylvania State University, Goucher College and the University of Pittsburgh. As a 30-year veteran of the private general practice of psychology, Levy conducts psychotherapy with individuals, couples and families; consultations with private and governmental organizations; and forensic evaluations, reporting and testimony in both civil and criminal cases.
“The Orphaned Adult” has been translated into several languages, including French, Dutch, Chinese and Spanish. Levy currently is working on two other books: one on the psychology of belief, and the other, a series of essays about being an older dad. In addition, he serves as the responding psychologist for the Reader's Digest advice column “Ask Laskas,” with an international readership of more than 90 million.
Levy lives on a 50-acre sheep and horse farm in Scenery Hill, Pa., with his wife and two youngest children.
The event is sponsored by the Susquehanna University Medical Humanities Initiative. The goal of medical humanities is to explore how humanities disciplines illuminate the nature and practice of medicine; it includes art and medicine, bioethics, the history of medicine, literature and medicine, music and medicine, medicine in the performing arts, philosophy, psychology, theology, and medical anthropology and sociology.
Founded in 1858, Susquehanna University is a national liberal arts college that prepares students for achievement, leadership and service in a diverse, interconnected world. Academic excellence, study away and service learning, student-faculty collaboration, and rich opportunities for creative and personal growth are hallmarks of a Susquehanna University education. Susquehanna students come from 36 states and 13 countries, and more than 90 percent of them find jobs or pursue graduate study within six months of graduation. The university is located in central Pennsylvania, in the town of Selinsgrove, along the banks of the Susquehanna River and about three hours from major East Coast cultural, financial and recreational centers. For more information, visit www.susqu.edu.
Karen M. Jones