“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.

Therapeutic Approaches and Appropriateness for Older Clients

Therapeutic Approaches and Appropriateness for Older Clients

“It is not by muscle, speed, or physical dexterity that great things are achieved, but by reflection, force of character, and judgment. In these qualities old age is usually not only poorer, but is even richer.”


Learning Objectives

After reading this chapter, you will be able to

  • Describe the problem-solving therapy intervention
  • Analyze the use of brief dynamic therapy
  • Examine behavioral therapy approaches
  • Explain cognitive therapy
  • Discuss cognitive-behavioral therapy approaches
  • Summarize the integrative approach
  • Analyze the strengths-based approach
  • Compare and contrast life review and reminiscence therapy
  • Examine the reality orientation philosophy


Professional counselors are in an excellent position to enhance the lives of older clients. Contrary to popular belief, older persons can change and are amenable to psychotherapeutic interventions. Though many of ...

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