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Handbook of Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies with Older Adults [Hardcover]

Dolores Gallagher Thompson , Ann Steffen , Larry W. Thompson

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13 Nov 2007 0387720065 978-0387720067 2008

The purpose of this book is to disseminate "best practice" models of treatment for the common mental health problems of late life, so that evidence-based practice will become the norm (rather than the exception) when working clinically with older adults. Each chapter contains reviews of the empirical literature focusing on studies conducted with elders; then they emphasize how CBT can be applied most effectively to that specific patient population. Case studies illuminate practice recommendations, and issues of diversity are likewise highlighted whenever possible.


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"The book is geared for mental health professionals, including clinical psychologists, geriatric psychiatrists, gerontological nurses, clinical social workers, occupational therapists, and marriage and family therapists as well as students in graduate and advanced courses in these fields. … This excellent book deals with a broad range of disorders, both physical and psychological, covering different cognitive-behavioral therapy options backed by research. … is a good starting point for learning about treatment of older adults." (Gary B Kaniuk, Doody’s Review Service, August, 2008)

“Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies with Older Adults will therefore be welcomed by those with an interest in this growing field. … Each chapter follows a broadly similar structure and helpfully includes a case study. Assessment is focused on extensively and at times seems to be at the expense of detail regarding the therapy. Whilst primarily a book for practicing CBT therapists, it is potentially an invaluable reference for any professional working with older adults.” (Ceri Evans, International Psychogeriatrics, Vol. 21 (3), 2009)

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Handbook of Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies with Older Adults

Edited by Dolores Gallagher-Thompson, Ann M. Steffen, and Larry W. Thompson

The physical health of older individuals presents many complex issues for providers; equally challenging are the increasingly complicated mental health problems of older adults. Although behavioral and cognitive interventions have been successfully used for a variety of mental and psychological disorders, there is an ongoing need for professional training in applications of these strategies with older individuals.

The Handbook of Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies with Older Adults brings together expert scientist practitioners and the full spectrum of cognitive and behavioral interventions to promote age-appropriate best practice.

The book enhances the professional’s understanding of the learning and self regulating capacities of older adults. Its consistent and easy-access format features empirical reviews, recommended cognitive and behavioral interventions specific to the problem, instructive case studies, and salient diversity issues. In their choice of topics, the editors have assembled the Handbook to fit the unique challenges of both older individuals and the practitioners working with them. Topics covered include:

  • Common conditions, including depression, anxiety, insomnia, and pain syndromes
  • Severe mental illnesses such as bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, dementia
  • Grief and loss, family caregiving, suicidality
  • Underserved populations, including ethnically and culturally diverse individuals
  • Emerging areas of mental illness management, and effects of Medicare on practice

This is important information for use by frontline mental health professionals, including clinical psychologists, geropsychiatrists, gerontological nurses, clinical social workers, occupational therapists, and marriage and family therapists. The Handbook is also suited to graduate and advanced courses in these professions. Reflecting a rapidly developing field, this resource will open up new areas of research and inspire the next wave of treatments tailored to this rapidly expanding population.


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5.0 out of 5 stars Great information 13 Jan 2013
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For those in the field of therapy. This provides insight on how to approach issues when working with older adults and on which practices work best with specific issues.
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