Going beyond simple procedural modifications, this is the first book to address how the application of gerontology to CBT practice can augment CBT's effectiveness and appropriateness with older people. Taking you step-by-step through the CBT process and supported by clinical case examples, therapeutic dialogue, points for reflection and hints and tips, the book examines: - basic theoretical models in CBT and how to relate them to work with older people; - main behavioural interventions and their practical application; - social context and relevant theories of aging; - implications of assessment, diagnosis and treatment; - issues of anxiety, worry and depression, and more specialist applications of CBT for chronic illnesses; - latest developments, thinking and empirical evidence.

This is an invaluable companion for any clinical psychology, counselling, CBT/IAPT, and social care trainee or professional new to working with older people, especially those who are keen to understand how the application of CBT may be different.

Professor Ken Laidlaw is Head of the Department of Clinical Psychology, University of East Anglia.

Cognitive and Behavioural Interventions

Cognitive and behavioural interventions


In CBT, cognitions are usually thoughts that can be stated in words that represent an individual's idiosyncratic thoughts, beliefs and interpretations/appraisals of stimuli. A lot of the therapeutic work in cognitive therapy sessions is devoted to the identification and modification of negative or dysfunctional thoughts. In cognitive restructuring, the client is taught self-monitoring skills to identify thoughts that are associated with negative mood and maladaptive behavioural responses. In emphasising cognitive restructuring, psychoeducation moves from discussing depression ...

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