Casebook of Clinical Geropsychology: International Perspectives on Practice

ISBN : 9780199583553

Nancy A. Pachana; Ken Laidlaw; Bob Knight
344 Pages
174 x 247 mm
Pub date
Sep 2010
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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.


1. Sexual orientation issues in the context of interpersonal therapy for late life depression
2. Treatment of depression in later life using cognitive behavior therapy
3. Caregiving issues in a therapeutic context: new insights from the acceptance and commitment approach
4. Psychodynamic approaches to the challenges of ageing
5. Couples therapy: relationships, intimacy and sexuality in later life
6. Think family: systemic therapy in later life
7. Process issues in psychotherapy supervision
8. Treating late-life anxiety in chronic medical illness and cognitive impairment
9. The treatment of challenging behaviours in care facilities
10. The importance of feedback and communication strategies with older adults: therapeutic and ethical considerations
11. Insomnia and sleep disorders
12. Personality disorders in later life
13. Bereavement issues in later life
14. Psychotherapy with the oldest old
15. Values, validity and ethical angst: assessment of mental capacity in older adults
16. Clinical geropsychology in long term care facilities
17. Suicide in later life

About the author: 

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 research interests include driving in later life, novel interventions in residential aged care environments and assessment and treatment of anxiety disorders in later life. She has a strong interest in improving the training of mental health professionals internationally, particularly in psychology. She is a Fellow of the Australian Psychological Society and a member of the Board of Directors of the International Psychogeriatric Association. She received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio, in 1992.

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