Psychotherapy with Older Adults

Psychotherapy with Older Adults

by Bob G. Knight
     
 

Incorporating some new scientific findings and revising his model in some respects, Knight (U. of Southern California) presents a new edition of his text on the psychotherapeutic treatment of older adults. His model focuses on issues of chronic illness and frequent grieving in a social context and stresses a process of increasing maturity throughout adulthood. It also… See more details below

Overview

Incorporating some new scientific findings and revising his model in some respects, Knight (U. of Southern California) presents a new edition of his text on the psychotherapeutic treatment of older adults. His model focuses on issues of chronic illness and frequent grieving in a social context and stresses a process of increasing maturity throughout adulthood. It also relies on the recognition of "cohort differences," meaning stable and lasting differences in abilities, beliefs, attitudes, and personality dimensions distinguishing birth-year-defined groups. Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780803926332
Publisher:
SAGE Publications
Publication date:
09/01/1986
Pages:
192

Meet the Author

Bob G. Knight, Ph.D., is the Merle H. Bensinger Professor of Gerontology, Psychology, and Counseling Psychology at the Andrus Gerontology Center, University of Southern California, where he also serves as Director of the Tingstad Older Adult Counseling Center and faculty director of the Los Angeles Caregiver Resource Center. He is currently serving the Department of Psychology as Director of Clinical Training. His research interests include caregiving, emotion and aging, and mental health policy and aging, and he has published extensively in mental health and aging, including this book, Outreach with the Elderly (NYU Press, 1989), and Older Adults in Psychotherapy: Case Histories (Sage, 1992). He is the senior editor of Mental Health Services for Older Adults: Implications for Training & Practice in Geropsychology (1995), and a co-editor of A Guide to Psychotherapy & Aging: Effective Clinical Interventions in a Life-Stage Context (1996), both published by APA Books. Dr. Knight has been active in various professional organizations relating to psychology and aging. He served as President of Section II, Division 12 (Clinical Geropsychology) of the American Psychological Association in 1997. He is currently (2002-2003) President Elect of APA Division 20 (Adult Development and Aging), and he served as chair of the APA Committee in Aging in 2001. Dr. Knight received his Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Indiana University, Bloomington. His professional experience in working with older adults began while working at the Urban League of Madison County (IN) where he organized and served as first president of the Madison County Council on Aging in 1973.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Preface
1Gerontology for Psychotherapists: The Contextual, Cohort-Based, Maturity, Specific-Challenge Model1
2Adaptations of Psychotherapy for Older Adults25
3Building Rapport With the Older Client48
4Transference and Countertransference With Older Clients67
5Guidelines for Assessment in the Context of the Practice of Psychotherapy96
6Grief Work With Older Adults139
7Chronic Illness in Later Life160
8Psychotherapy and the Person With Dementia187
9Psychotherapy With Family Caregivers of Frail Older Adults204
10Life Review in Psychotherapy With Older Adults223
11Ethical Issues and Concluding Thoughts on Psychotherapy With Older Adults243
References259
Index277

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