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 3: Building Rapport with the Older Client
Up to this point, the discussion has focused on the therapist's side of the encounter between therapist and older client. Basic findings from gerontology have been described, and some general adaptations of therapy for work with older adults have been explored. Recalling our example in chapter 1 of the encounter between Dr. Q and Mrs. G, it is apparent that the older client may come into therapy with more inaccurate expectations about the nature of therapy than younger adult clients may have. In fact, these misperceptions may be major barriers for the elderly in seeking therapy or establishing a relationship with the therapist. This chapter will present and discuss the need to educate older ...