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- DescriptionWorking with older adults longer means working exclusively with frail or disabled people. Older adults are healthier w on average than in decades past, but they still require specialized care. Mental health providers are seeing a growing number of older patients in their practice and may have little experience in the best methods for working with them. To fill that gap, Patricia A. Arean assembled this volume of best practices in treating mental disorders in late life. It includes an overview of geropsychology and the training resources available to help clinicians develop the competencies they need to work with older adults. Chapters focus on evidence-based treatments for late-life depression, anxiety, trauma, and substance abuse disorders, including cognitive behavioral therapy, problem solving treatment, behavioral activation, interpersonal therapy, relaxation training, exposure therapy, substance abuse relapse prevention, and motivational interviewing. Detailed case examples in each chapter illustrate the interventions in action. Although mental disorders are t as common in later life as they are in younger populations, they can be disabling and costly. With the accumulation of evidence over the past twenty-five years, assumptions about whether older adults can benefit from psychotherapy have changed greatly. Not only is psychotherapy a more effective treatment option than medication for many older adults, the effects are as good as those seen in younger adults. This book will help mental health providers take advantage of the latest research and be more effective in their work with older adults.
- Author BiographyPatricia A. Arean is a Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at UCSF, USA and is a licensed Clinical Psychologist. Dr. Arean is an international expert on effectiveness of behavioral interventions for mood disorders, in particular for her work in adapting these interventions for a variety of health and mental health settings (primary care medicine, assisted living settings, social service settings, mental health settings), and more recently for her work in mobile health applications. Since 1994, Dr. Arean has published more than 100 peer-reviewed articles on these topics and has been funded by SAMHSA, NIMH, NIA, NIDDK and the Hartford Foundation. She is currently funded by NIMH to study the effectiveness of brain games on mood and the effectiveness of mobile health apps on mood. Her work has won national recognition, resulting in an early career award from APA, a Mid-Career Award from NIH for her work on disseminating evidence based practices and The Award for Achievements in Diversity in Mental Health from the American Association of Geriatric Psychiatry. Dr. Arean currently leads an interdisciplinary research team consisting of researchers from diverse backgrounds, including social work, nursing, psychiatry, family and general medicine, medical sociology and clinical psychology.
- PublisherAmerican Psychological Association
- Date of Publication30/12/2014
- SubjectPsychiatry & Clinical Psychology: Professional
- Place of PublicationWashington DC
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintAmerican Psychological Association
- Width152 mm
- Height229 mm
- Edited byPatricia A. Arean
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