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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.

Psychotherapy with Family Caregivers of Frail Older Adults
Psychotherapy with family caregivers of frail older adults

Among older adults who seek psychotherapy, a sizable proportion will be persons caring for other older adults who have serious functional disabilities, either physical or cognitive. My own involvement with caregiving began early in my career of working with older adults in psychotherapy, with the realization that about 20% to 25% of the clients whom we saw in the Senior Outreach Services program of Ventura County Mental Health were caregivers. It is clear from the existing literature on caregiving that caregivers are more likely to have clinical depression and anxiety disorders than noncaregivers matched for age and sex (Dura et al., 1991). Caregivers also have an impaired immune response (Robinson ...

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