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Cognitive Behaviour Therapy with Older People

  • ID: 2250025
  • Book
  • February 2003
  • 230 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
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Seeing older age as a time of loss and helplessness too often prevents therapists from providing treatments that can be of enormous benefit to older people.

Ken Laidlaw, Larry Thompson, Leah Dick–Siskin and Dolores Gallagher–Thompson draw upon their collective wealth of clinical experience to provide a comprehensive and practical guide to the applications of CBT to older adults.

Special features include:

  • A new CBT model, effectively adapted from Beck′s basic CBT model, for use with older adults.
  • Numerous clinical examples of the usefulness of CBT to treat depression, anxiety, caregiver distress and sleep disturbances.
  • Recommendations for treating depression co–morbid with common medical problems including stroke, Parkinson′s disease, the dementias and arthritis.
  • Specific recommendations for ′troubleshooting′ frequent dilemmas, such as managing suicidality.
  • Appendices containing blank examples of forms used within the text, and recommended self–help books and websites for further consultation.
Cognitive Behaviour Therapy with Older People is essential reading for all clinical psychologists, psychiatrists and related health professionals who work with older people.
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About the Authors.


Foreword by Aaron T. Beck.

Section One: Working Effectively with Older People: Knowledge and Skills.

Chapter 1: Basic Gerontology for Cognitive Therapists.

Chapter 2: Psychotherapy with Older People.

Chapter 3: Cognitive–Behavioural Model for Older People.

Section Two: Cognitive Therapy for Late–Life Depression.

Chapter 4: CBT for Late–Life Depressive Disorders.

Chapter 5: Behavioural Techniques.

Chapter 6: Dealing with Negative Thoughts.

Chapter 7: Changing Core Beliefs and Assumptions.

Section Three: Cognitive Therapy with Special Issues.

Chapter 8: Anxiety, Worry, Panic Disorder and Older People.

Chapter 9: Insomnia and Sleep Disorders.

Chapter 10: Physical Illness, Disability and Depression.

Chapter 11: Post–Stroke Depression.

Chapter 12: Depression in Dementia and Family Caregiving.

Section Four: Final Thoughts.

Chapter 13: What to Do When your Patient Says .

Chapter 14: Future Directions and Innovations in Practice.

Appendix 1: Blank Forms. 

Appendix 2: Useful Reference Material.

Appendix 3: Useful Websites.


Author Index.

Subject Index.

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Ken Laidlaw
Larry W. Thompson
Dolores Gallagher–Thompson
Leah Dick–Siskin
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