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 6: Grief Work with Older Adults
Grief work is a common part of therapy with older adults because the death of others is a common occurrence in later life. In general, it has been my experience that grieving for others, rather than preparation for one's own death, is the common theme in therapy with older adults. Grief may enter psychotherapy with an older adult simply because a client in therapy for other reasons loses a loved one during the course of therapy. Grief may be a principal focus of therapy when there are multiple losses within a short period of time, when there is unresolved grief from losses that occurred earlier in life, or when the relationship with the deceased was problematic ...