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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.

Guidelines for Assessment in the Context of the Practice of Psychotherapy
Guidelines for assessment in the context of the practice of psychotherapy

The first session or two with any client is devoted to understanding the presenting problem and to understanding the client as a person (see Scogin, 2000, for an excellent discussion of early sessions with older clients). In work with elderly clients, assessment is likely to be the most difficult phase of therapy. The range of possible problems affecting the elderly client is great, and there are likely to be connections between areas that we are inclined to consider separately with younger adults. Our understanding of many psychological problems facing the elderly is new and changing quite rapidly. For example, until the relatively recent past ...

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