• Summary
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“A definite read for students in counseling programs for improving the lives of older adults!” –Amy Gray-Graves, Webster University Helping Relationships with Older Adults: From Theory to Practice examines the fundamental theoretical perspectives of the aging process with an emphasis on the healthy aspects of aging. Taking a comprehensive approach, the text addresses various therapeutic methods as it highlights the strengths and resiliency of the older population. Exercises and case studies demonstrate key concepts and promote skill development by allowing students to experience the various challenges in the lives of older clients. Helping Relationships with Older Adults: From Theory to Practice is part of the Counseling and Professional Identity Series. To learn more about each text in the Series, please visit www.sagepub.com/cpiseries.

Skills, Attitudes, and Knowledge of Effective Practitioners
Skills, Attitudes, and Knowledge of Effective Practitioners

“A society’s quality and durability can best be measured by the respect, and care given to its elder citizens.”

—Arnold Toynbee
Learning Objectives

After reading this chapter, you will be able to

  • Examine the competencies and skills that are needed for counselor preparation and development
  • Analyze the strategies that counselors use when working with older clients
Introduction

As the aging population continues to grow, the need for counselors trained in gerontological counseling is essential. Older persons are an important population who can benefit from mental-health counseling. As a society, it is critical that we elevate the status of our elders and treat them with respect and dignity, rather than perpetuating negative stereotypes such as believing that they are ...

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