Within the conceptual framework of the author's maturity-specific model, this Second Edition of Knight's bestselling book expands on important issues and offers an even more thorough account of psychotherapy with older adults than the original. New to this edition are a comprehensive discussion of assessment and options for intervention, and a concluding chapter on ethical questions.
The author considers the essentials of gerontology as well as the nature of therapy in great depth. He sensitively links both research and experience to provide a practical account of the knowledge, techniques and skills necessary to work therapeutically with older adults. Numerous case examples illustrate the dynamics of the therapeutic task.
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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.
Table of Contents
Gerontology for Psychotherapists The Contextual, Cohort-Based, Maturity/Specific Challenge Model Adaptations of Psychotherapy for Older Adults Building Rapport with the Older Client Transference and Countertransference with Older Clients Guidelines for Assessment in the Context of the Practice of Psychotherapy Grief Work with Older Adults Chronic Illness in Later Life Life Review in Psychotherapy with Older Adults Concluding Thoughts on Psychotherapy with Older Adults
Psychotherapy with Older Adults by Bob G. Knight
Bob G. Knight
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