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Update of the APA Guidelines for Psychological Practice with Older Adults

The revised guidelines will reflect the growing body of evidence for effective psychological intervention

In August of this year, the APA Council of Representatives approved the establishment of a Working Group and funding to update the APA Guidelines for Psychological Practice with Older Adults (2003). The update will reflect the growing body of empirical evidence for effective psychological intervention with older adults and advances in the field of geropsychology. The APA Committee on Aging, Division 20 and Division 12-Section II are collaborating on this project to which the divisions also contributed funding. Members of the Working Group are: Gregory Hinrichsen, PhD (chair), Independent Practice and Associate Clinical Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, N.Y.; Adam Brickman, PhD, Taub Institute for Research on Alzheimer's Disease & the Aging Brain, Columbia University, N.Y.; Barry Edelstein, PhD, Department of Psychology, West Virginia University; Kimberly Hiroto, PhD, Department of Veteran Affairs, Santa Rose, Calif.; Tammi Vacha-Haase, PhD, Independent Practice and Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Colo.; and Richard Zweig, PhD, Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology, Yeshiva University and Albert Einstein College of Medicine, N.Y. and chair-elect, Council of Professional Geropsychology Training Programs. The group met in October and continues its work via conference calls and an online team site to complete the revised draft. There will be a 60-day public comment period early next year. It is hoped that the guidelines will be adopted as APA policy in 2013.