This Third Edition of the bestselling Psychotherapy with Older Adults continues to offer students and professionals a thorough overview of psychotherapy with older adults. Using the contextual, cohort-based, maturity, specific challenge (CCMSC) model, it draws upon findings from scientific gerontology and life-span developmental psychology to describe how psychotherapy needs to be adapted for work with older adults, as well as when it is similar to therapeutic work with younger adults. Sensitively linking both research and experience, author Bob G. Knight provides a practical account of the knowledge, technique, and skills necessary to work with older adults in a therapeutic relationship. This volume considers the essentials of gerontology as well as the nature of therapy in depth, focusing on special content areas and common themes.
Chapter 1: Gerontology for Psychotherapists: The Contextual, Cohort-Based, Maturity, Specific-Challenge Model
Mrs. G is a 75-year-old woman who has come to see a psychologist on the advice of her granddaughter. The granddaughter has felt that Mrs. G was depressed and that therapy might help because she herself had a good experience with therapy while at the state university. Mrs. G has been widowed 3 years and has never gotten over her grief. The past 2 months have included the anniversary of her husband's death, her 75th birthday and the departure of a friend who has moved to another community. She has become more depressed, is losing weight, and complains of not sleeping soundly, as well as not being ...