About this book
¡A concise synthesis of concepts and evidence in late-life mental health work, describing best practice for a range of mental health practitioners working with older adults
¡Covers a broad range of disorders, approaches, and issues, including ethical and legal issues and interdisciplinary perspectives, resulting in a book that appeals to a wide range of mental health professionals
¡Discusses the contextual issues in each case including the setting, the clinical issues, and the therapeutic approaches used, therefore providing cases that illustrate regional and cultural concerns
Geropsychology-the field of psychology concerned with the psychological, behavioral, biological, and social aspects of aging-has developed repidly in the past two 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-experienced practitioners, researchers, and educators-who address contemporary issues in clinical work with older adults. It will be useful for clinicians wishing to update their practice, educators looking for case material to enrich their didactic courses, and students and practitioners new to working with older adults seeking guidance in approaching casework with this population. 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 and provide practical, empirically informed guidance for assessment, formulation, and formulation, and interventions. The cases deal with complex issues of diagnosis and formulation, assessment and intervention techniques, ethical and legal issues, and interdisciplinary perspectives that will appeal to a wide range 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, the Casebook of Clinical Geropsychology is an invaluable resource for anyone concerned with the mental health needs of older people.
Readership: Students, clinical practitioners, and educators in the fields of clinical geropsychology, gerontology, and psychiatry.
Table of Contents
1: Greg Hinrichson: Sexual orientation issues in the context of interpersonal therapy for late life depression
2: Ken Laidlaw & Dichelle Wong: Treatment of depression in later life using cognitive behavior therapy
3: Maria Marquez-Gonzalez, Rosa Romero-Moreno & Andres Losada: Caregiving issues in a therapeutic context: new insights from the acceptance and commitment approach
4: Jane Garner & Sandra Evans: Psychodynamic approaches to the challenges of ageing
5: Kim Halford: Couples therapy: relationships, intimacy and sexuality in later life
6: Susan Benbow & Gillian Goodwillie: Think family: systemic therapy in later life
7: Bob Knight: Process issues in psychotherapy supervision
Conceptualisations in a diagnostic context
8: Inger Hilde Nordhus & Minna J. Hynninen: Treating late-life anxiety in chronic medical illness and cognitive impairment
9: Ian James: The treatment of challenging behaviours in care facilities
10: Nancy A. Pachana, Helen Paton, and Natasha Squelch: The importance of feedback and communication strategies with older adults: therapeutic and ethical considerations
11: Simon Smith: Insomnia and sleep disorders
12: Erlene Rosowsky & Dan Segal: Personality disorders in later life
13: Gerard Byrne: Bereavement issues in later life
Approaches to specific populations
14: Dolores Gallagher-Thompson: Psychotherapy with the oldest old
15: Bret Hicken, Angela Plowhead, and William Gibson: Values, validity and ethical angst: assessment of mental capacity in older adults
16: Anne Margriet Pot & Bernadette Willemse: Clinical geropsychology in long term care facilities
17: Helen Fung-kum Chiu: Suicide in later life
Edited by Nancy Pachana, Associate Professor, School of Psychology, University of Queensland, Australia, Ken Laidlaw, Clinical and Health Psychology, University of Edinburgh, UK, and Bob Knight, Andrus Gerontology Center, University of Southern California, USA