2 CEUs approved by NBCC. Early bird: *$65 General Admission / $60 w/o CEs *$60 Student / $55 w/o CEs. After 6/1: *$75 General Admission / $70 w/o CE *$70 Student / $65 w/o CE. A unique feature of being human is to one day learn that life comes to an end. In order to cope with the potentially debilitating existential terror aroused by this disturbing realization, humans employ the mechanism of denial in its myriad of forms. We welcome you to join us to explore the ways we humans strive to deny death and how doing so can have negative consequences for our physical and mental health, our treatment of others, and our treatment of the Earth. Learning Objectives: * To learn how (generally non-conscious) death anxiety has a pervasive effect on human attitudes and behaviors. * To become acquainted with empirical research demonstrating that conscious and unconscious death thoughts influence attitudes and behaviors. * To learn how existential anxieties underlie some psychological disorders and amplify the symptoms of other disorders, and consider implications for clinical practice. Space is limited. About The Presenter: Dr. Sheldon Solomon, PhD, is Professor of Psychology at Skidmore College. His studies of the effects of the uniquely human awareness of death on behavior have been supported by the National Science Foundation and Ernest Becker Foundation and were featured in the award-winning documentary film "Flight from Death: The Quest for Immortality". He is also co-author of In the Wake of 9/11: The Psychology of Terror and The Worm at the Core: On the Role of Death in Life. Dr. Solomon, alongside his friends and colleagues Jeff Greenberg and Tom Pyszczynski, developed Terror Management Theory, a conceptual framework for understanding humans' confrontation with their mortality. Dr. Solomon is an American Psychological Society Fellow, and a recipient of an American Psychological Association Presidential Citation (2007), a Lifetime Career Award by the International Society for Self and Identity (2009), and the Association of Graduate Liberal Studies Programs Annual Faculty Award (2011).