Casebook of clinical geropsychology: International Perspectives on Practice

Paperback | October 23, 2010

EditorNancy Pachana, Ken Laidlaw, Bob Knight

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Geropsychology - the field of psychology concerned with the psychological, behavioural, biological, and social aspects of aging - has developed rapidly in the past 2 decades, in response to the ever increasing aging population worldwide. This clinical casebook describes current best practice in managing complex cases involving common mental health issues in later life. It includes chapters by leading authorities in the field - both experienced clinicians and educators - who address contemporary issues in clinical work with olderadults. It will be useful for clinicians wishing to update their practice, educators looking for case material to enrich their didactic courses, and students and fledgling practitioners seeking guidance in approaching casework with older adults. The book spans the international arena of practice,illustrating both universal themes in clinical work as well as regional practice issues that can inform health professionals more broadly.Each chapter is designed to inform the reader about the rich context in which clinical work occurs, including how the setting, the therapist's approach and the nature of the problem interact to influence outcomes. Throughout, the cases have been carefully chosen to reflect archetypal scenarios andprovide practical, empirically informed guidance for assessment, formulation and interventions. The cases included deal with complex issues of diagnosis and formulation, assessment and intervention techniques, ethical and legal issues, and interdisciplinary perspectives that will appeal to a widerange of mental health professionals. The text provides points for reflection from the cases, as well as key references in the area, with an emphasis on current issues and theoretical perspectives. Providing a range of expertise in a single source, this book is an invaluable resource for anyone dealing with the mental health needs of older people.

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Geropsychology - the field of psychology concerned with the psychological, behavioural, biological, and social aspects of aging - has developed rapidly in the past 2 decades, in response to the ever increasing aging population worldwide. This clinical casebook describes current best practice in managing complex cases involving common m...

Dr. Nancy A. Pachana is an Associate Professor in the School of Psychology at The University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia. She has published over 100 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters in the field of ageing, and has been teaching and conducting research in the field of geropsychology for almost 20 years. Her main resear...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:314 pages, 9.69 × 6.73 × 0.68 inPublished:October 23, 2010Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Psychotherapeutic Perspectives1. Greg Hinrichson: Sexual orientation issues in the context of interpersonal therapy for late life depression2. Ken Laidlaw and Dichelle Wong: Treatment of depression in later life using cognitive behavior therapy3. Maria Marquez-Gonzalez, Rosa Romero-Moreno and Andres Losada: Caregiving issues in a therapeutic context: new insights from the acceptance and commitment approach4. Jane Garner and Sandra Evans: Psychodynamic approaches to the challenges of ageing5. Kim Halford: Couples therapy: relationships, intimacy and sexuality in later life6. Susan Benbow and Gillian Goodwillie: Think family: systemic therapy in later life7. Bob Knight: Process issues in psychotherapy supervisionConceptualisations in a diagnostic context8. Inger Hilde Nordhus and Minna J. Hynninen: Treating late-life anxiety in chronic medical illness and cognitive impairment9. Ian James: The treatment of challenging behaviours in care facilities10. Nancy A. Pachana, Helen Paton, and Natasha Squelch: The importance of feedback and communication strategies with older adults: therapeutic and ethical considerations11. Simon Smith: Insomnia and sleep disorders12. Erlene Rosowsky and Dan Segal: Personality disorders in later life13. Gerard Byrne: Bereavement issues in later lifeApproaches to specific populations14. Dolores Gallagher-Thompson: Psychotherapy with the oldest old15. Bret Hicken, Angela Plowhead, and William Gibson: Values, validity and ethical angst: assessment of mental capacity in older adults16. Anne Margriet Pot and Bernadette Willemse: Clinical geropsychology in long term care facilities17. Helen Fung-kum Chiu: Suicide in later life