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Handbook of Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies with Older Adults
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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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Table of Contents

Behavioral and Cognitive Treatments for Geriatric Depression: An Evidence-Based Perspective.- Treating Generalized Anxiety in a Community Setting.- Treatment of Late-Life Generalized Anxiety Disorder in Primary Care Settings.- Cognitive-Behavior Therapy for Late-Life Insomnia.- A Relapse Prevention Model for Older Alcohol Abusers.- Cognitive-Behavioral Pain Management Interventions for Long-Term Care Residents with Physical and Cognitive Disabilities.- Reducing Psychosocial Distress in Family Caregivers.- Integrated Psychosocial Rehabilitation and Health Care for Older People with Serious Mental Illness.- Cognitive Therapy for Suicidal Older Adults.- Cognitive Therapy for Older People with Psychosis.- Behavioral Interventions to Improve Management of Overweight, Obesity, and Diabetes in Patients with Schizophrenia.- Dialectical Behavior Therapy for Personality Disorders in Older Adults.- Treating Persons with Dementia in Context.- Cognitive Behavioral Case Management for Depressed Low-income Older Adults.- Post-Stroke Depression and CBT with Older People.- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Older Adults with Bipolar Disorder.- Meaning Reconstruction in Later Life: Toward a Cognitive-Constructivist Approach to Grief Therapy.- PTSD (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder) in Later Life.- Training of Geriatric Mental Health Providers in CBT Interventions for Older Adults.- The Role of Positive Aging in Addressing the Mental Health Needs of Older Adults.- How Medicare Shapes Behavioral Health Practice with Older Adults in the US: Issues and Recommendations for Practitioners.

About the Author

Dr. Dolores Gallagher Thompson is Professor of Research in the Dept. of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Stanford University School of Medicine. She has been both a funded clinical researcher and a practicing geropsychologist for over 20 years, focusing her work on intervention research. In the past decade she has devoted more time to understanding the unique problems faced by ethnically and culturally diverse family caregivers, and has developed intervention programs tailored to their needs. In addition, she was one of the founding members of the Academy of Cognitive Therapy and enjoys teaching graduate students "the fundamentals" of CBT- in particular, how to implement this approach with older adults. Dr. Ann Steffen is Associate Professor of Psychology and Director of Clinical Training at the University of Missouri-St. Louis. Her teaching, research and clinical interests all focus on mental health and aging, with a particular focus on the development and evaluation of community-based interventions for dementia family caregivers. Dr. Larry W. Thompson is currently Professor Emeritus from both Stanford University School of Medicine and the Pacific Graduate School of Psychology. He is also an active clinician/ mental health consultant to one of the local counties in northern CA where he has had the opportunity to work with bipolar patients and those with more severe mental disorders. Larry has authored a recent text on the use of CBT with bipolar individuals and is now working on a project to adapt CBT for use with depressed older adults of Asian ancestry - particularly Chinese Americans.

Reviews

From the reviews: "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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