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Treatment of Late-Life Depression, Anxiety, Trauma, and Substance Abuse

by Patricia A Arean American Psychological Association
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Working with older adults no longer means working exclusively with frail or disabled people. Older adults are healthier now 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. Areán 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 not 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.


1.Building Competencies in Professional Geropsychology: Guidelines, Training Model, and Strategies for Professional Development
Sara Honn Qualls
2.Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Behavioral Activation for Late-Life Depression
Elizabeth DiNapoli, Michael LaRocca, and Forrest Scogin
3.Interpersonal Psychotherapy for Late-Life Depression
Patrick Raue and Patricia A. Areán
4.Problem Solving Treatment for Late-Life Depression
Rebecca Crabb and Patricia A. Areán
5.Evidence-Based Treatment for Late-Life Generalized Anxiety Disorder
Catherine Ayers, Katrina Strickland, and Julie Loebach Wetherell
6.Exposure Therapy for Late-Life Trauma
Joan M. Cook and Stephanie Dinnen
7.Brief Alcohol and Drug Interventions and Motivational Interviewing for Older Adults
Derek D. Satre and Amy Leibowitz
8.Screening Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) for Substance Abuse in Older Populations
Nancy H. Liu and Jason M. Satterfield
9.Relapse Prevention Treatment of Substance Abuse Disorders in Older Adults
Lawrence Schonfeld and Nicole S. MacFarland

Appendix. Resources


About the Editor

Patricia A. Areán is a Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at UCSF and is a licensed Clinical Psychologist.

Dr. Areán 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. Areán 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. Areán 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.