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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.

Adaptations of Psychotherapy for Older Adults
Adaptations of psychotherapy for older adults

The findings of gerontology, as presented in chapter 1, provide a basis for considering whether psychotherapy with older adults requires any changes from what is done with younger adults. Moreover, the CCMSC model radically shifts the rationale for such adaptations in that it argues that most such changes would be due to cohort effects, the social contexts of older adults, and the specific challenges that bring some older clients into therapy. Developmental processes associated with aging are seen to play a relatively minor role in differences between younger and older adults and so would play a relatively minor role in any need to adapt therapy for working with older clients. The working presumption when ...

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