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.

Chronic Illness in Later Life
Chronic illness in later life

This chapter addresses issues and techniques in working with older adults who are experiencing emotional distress related to chronic illness or disability in later life. The purpose of the chapter is twofold: to explore working with chronic illness and disability and to explain the use of various therapy techniques, primarily those developed by cognitive-behavioral therapists. The joining of chronic illness and cognitive-behavioral techniques is not meant to imply that these approaches are the only ones used for chronic illness or that this is the only problem with which they should be used. However, these are commonly used and effective strategies in dealing with a common problem that is faced by older adults (e.g., see Rybarcyzk, Gallagher-Thompson, ...

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