Mental health practitioners are encountering an ever-growing number of older adults and so an up-to-date and comprehensive text addressing the special considerations that arise in the psychological assessment and treatment of this population is vital.This accessible handbook does just that by introducing the key topics that psychologists and other health professionals face when working with older adults. Each area is introduced and then the special considerations for older adults are explored, including specific ethical and healthcare system issues. The use of case examples brings the topics further to life. An important feature of the book is the interweaving of diversity issues (culture, race, sexuality, etc.) within the text to lend an inclusive, contemporary insight into these important practice components. The Pikes Peak Geropsychology Knowledge and Skill Assessment Tool is included in an appendix so readers can test their knowledge, which will be helpful for those aiming for board certification in geropsychology (ABGERO).
This an ideal text for mental health professionals transitioning to work with older clients, for those wanting to improve their knowledge for their regular practice, and for trainees or young clinicians just starting out.
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From the reviews
“This book is a valuable resource for clinical geropsychologists, social workers, or those working in a clinical capacity with older adults. It is also a useful guide for those in school to become clinicians working with older adults. One could envision this being used as a primary text in a graduate course on mental health and later life or specific chapters being used as supplemental readings for other gerontology-related courses. The book provides clinicians with a holistic view in order to understand the complexities of working with an older adult population and describes evidence-based interventions to use when working with older adults. In addition, this book has several significant strengths including the expert knowledge, the extensive use of case examples, and the emphasis on cultural competence throughout the text.”
Amy M. Schuster, PhD, Clemson University, SC, in Journal of Applied Gerontology, 2022
Praise for the book
“An important and timely book with a stellar roster of contributors to address key topics regarding mental health practice with older adults. This book offers a wealth of practical guidance for those new to professional geropsychology and to seasoned clinicians who want to increase their competencies. This book is an invaluable read and a superb addition to thefield. Highly recommended!”
Daniel L. Segal, PhD, Department of Psychology, University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, CO, USA
“A well written, needed book with up-to-date information on traditional and newer topics. One of the strengths of this book is the attention paid to cultural influences on both the assessment and treatment process.”
Peter A. Lichtenberg, PhD, ABPP, Institute of Gerontology and Merrill, Palmer Skillman Institute; Wayne State University, Detroit, MI, USA
“An engaging, evidence-based, culturally-informed, and practice-focused overview of psychological practice with older adults. The eleven chapters convey the richness of this growing and important field. This book offers a great introduction to the field, or a useful resource for those already doing this meaningful work!”
Michele J. Karel, PhD, ABPP, Board Certified in Geropsychology