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Psychotherapy with Older Adults

Third Edition
  • Bob G. Knight - University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA, USA, University of Southern California, USA

© 2004 | 304 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
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 Older Adults includes a comprehensive discussion of assessment and options for intervention. Numerous case examples illustrate the dynamics of the therapeutic task and issues covered in therapy and stress the human element in working with older adults. A concluding chapter considers ethical questions and the future of psychotherapy with older adults. The author has updated the Third Edition to reflect new research findings and has written two entirely new chapters covering psychotherapy with persons with dementia and psychotherapy with caregivers of frail older adults.

Since its initial publication in 1986, the book has been used as a course text and a professional reference around the world, including translations into French, Dutch, Chinese, and Japanese. It is a vital resource for practicing therapists and counselors who work with older adults and is also ideally suited as a text for advanced students in psychology, social work, gerontology, and nursing.

Praise for Previous Editions:

"Bob G. Knight's largest contribution is his excellent discussion of therapy. The book is clearly written, with a good use of summaries and case examples to clarify the major points. By linking research findings to practice experience, Knight has provided a pragmatic introduction which should be helpful to psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, and psychiatric nurses working with older adults."  —JOURNAL OF APPLIED GERONTOLOGY

"I recommend this book to anyone interested in working with the elderly, partly because of the content and partly because the author presents the case for doing psychotherapy with the elderly with realism and enthusiasm."  —BEHAVIOR RESEARCH & THERAPY
 
1. Gerontology for Psychotherapists: The Contextual, Cohort Based, Maturity/Specific Challenge Model
 
2. Adaptations of Psychotherapy for Older Adults
 
3. Building Rapport with the Older Client
 
4. Transference & Countertransference with Older Clients
 
5. Guidelines for Assessment in the Context of the Practice of Psychotherapy
 
6. Griefwork with Older Adults
 
7. Chronic Illness in Later Life
 
8. Psychotherapy for the Person with Dementia
 
9. Psychotherapy with Family Caregivers of Frail Older Adults
 
10. Life Review in Psychotherapy with Older Adults
 
11. Ethical Issues & Concluding Thoughts on Psychotherapy with Older Adults

"Bob G. Knight's largest contribution is his excellent discussion of therapy. The book is clearly written, with a good use of summaries and case examples to clarify the major points. By linking research findings to practice experience, Knight has provided a pragmatic introduction which should be helpful to psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, and psychiatric nurses working with older adults."

JOURNAL OF APPLIED GERONTOLOGY

"I recommend this book to anyone interested in working with the elderly, partly because of the content and partly because the author presents the case for doing psychotherapy with the elderly with realism and enthusiasm."

BEHAVIOR RESEARCH & THERAPY
Key features

Features/Benefits:

  • Includes a comprehensive discussion of assessment and options for intervention.
  • Numerous case examples illustrate the dynamics of the therapeutic task and issues covered in therapy while stressing the human element in working with older adults.
  • A concluding chapter considers ethical questions and the future of psychotherapy with older adults.

New to This Edition:

  • Updates material presented in the second edition to reflect new research findings.
  • Adds a new chapter on psychotherapy with persons with dementia.
  • Adds a new chapter on psychotherapy with caregivers of frail older adults.

 


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