Casebook of Clinical Geropsychology: International Perspectives on Practice

Casebook of Clinical Geropsychology: International Perspectives on Practice. Edited by Nancy A.Pachana, Ken Laidlaw and Bob G. Knight New York, United States: Oxford University Press, 2010.

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Title Casebook of Clinical Geropsychology: International Perspectives on Practice
Place of Publication New York, United States
Publisher Oxford University Press
Publication year 2010
Sub-type Edited book
ISBN 9780199583553
Language eng
Editor Nancy A.Pachana
Ken Laidlaw
Bob G. Knight
Total number of pages 314
Collection year 2011
Abstract/Summary Therapists listen carefully to their patients' stories; understanding is key to effective intervention. In time, experienced therapists can become adept at telling their patients' stories in order to guide the development and understanding of others. The clinical case histories offered here cover significant problems and address contemporary issues in clinical work with older adults. The aim of this book is to provide the reader with insight into best practice in managing complex cases involving older adults from a geropsychology and/or geriatric psychiatry perspective. The book spans the international arena of practice, illustrating both universal themes in clinical work as well as regional practice issues that can inform health professionals more broadly. The cases encompass complex issues of diagnosis and formulation, assessment and intervention techniques, ethical and legal issues, and interdisciplinary perspectives that will appeal to a wide range of mental health professionals. Each chapter is designed to inform the reader about the rich context in which clinical work occurs, including how the setting, the thearpist's approach, and the nature of the problem interact to influence outcomes. Cases have been carefully chosen to reflect archetypal scenarios and provide practical, empirically informed guidance for assessment, formulation, and interventions. The cases are not clear-cut, and many will be open to multiple interpretations with respect to directions taken by the therapist. Although taken from the authors' actual clincial experience, all cases have been de-identified to preserve confidentiality. The book does not endorse a single theoretical orientation, and indeed embraces emerging therapeutic techniques such as interpersonal psychotherapy, acceptance and commitment therapy and mindfulness, as well as incorporating more traditional approaches such as cognitive behavioral therapy and psychodynamic psychotherapies. Neuropsychological issues are touched on in several chapters, and psychiatric perspectives involving biologically based intervention strategies are included. Discussion points around the cases offer guidance for practitioners in managing emotional disorders in later life. References are selective and represent key readings in the area, with an emphasis on current issues and theoretical perspectives, rather than an exhaustive list of the extant literature in an area. As this is an edited volume, a range of expertise is provided in a single source, making this book an invaluable resource for anyone dealing with the mental health needs of older people. Overall, this book provides a cogent picture of the unfolding of psychological issues in clinical practice with older adults, and affords a range of mental health professionals both empirical knowledge and tools as well as clinical insights into the successful treatment of a range of psychiatric disorders in later life. The text is designed to appeal to the clinicians wishing to update their practice with older adults, to educators looking for case material to enrich their didactic courses, and to students and fledgling practitioners looking for guidance in approaching casework. It fills a large niche in the clinical practice literature, and is written to provide both practitioners and educators with a useful guide from leading experts in the field.
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