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CBT for Older People: An Introduction

by Ken Laidlaw SAGE Publications Ltd
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Going beyond simple procedural modifications, this is the first book to address how the application of gerontology to CBT practice can augment CBT’s effectiveness and appropriateness with older people. Taking you step-by-step through the CBT process and supported by clinical case examples, therapeutic dialogue, points for reflection and hints and tips, the book examines:

- basic theoretical models in CBT and how to relate them to work with older people

- main behavioural interventions and their practical application

- social context and relevant theories of aging

- implications of assessment, diagnosis and treatment

- issues of anxiety, worry and depression, and more specialist applications of CBT for chronic illnesses

- latest developments, thinking and empirical evidence.

This is an invaluable companion for any clinical psychology, counselling, CBT/IAPT, and social care trainee or professional new to working with older people, especially those who are keen to understand how the application of CBT may be different.

Preparing to use CBT with Older People
Introduction to CBT
Practical information for Psychotherapists working with Older People
CBT for Late Life Depression
CBT for Late Life Anxiety
The application of CBT with Older People
Structure and Content of CBT with Older People
The Therapeutic Relationship in CBT with Older People
Cognitive and Behavioural Interventions
Age Appropriate CBT: Case-conceptualization with Older People
Specialist applications of CBT with Older People
Augmented Age Appropriate CBT: Enhancing Wisdom, Resilience and Self-acceptance
Chronicity and Comorbidity
CBT for People with Dementia and their Carers

This book is a thought-provoking, accessible introduction to CBT for older people.  Adults are living longer and CBT therapists need to understand the late-life journey before they experience it themselves.  This book maps the territory in a highly informative and engaging way.  It offers a high-quality integration of theory, evidence and practice with numerous learning opportunities for trainees and experienced therapists.  The author dispels the myths of late life misery, at the same time illuminating the particular needs of older people struggling with emotional difficulties.  The richness of the case material makes the key points clear, relevant and above all usable.  Cognitive behavioural therapy has to be developmentally-sensitive – this book addresses a growing need in a sophisticated and practical way.


Professor Ken Laidlaw is Head of the Department of Clinical Psychology, University of East Anglia.