Mental Health Services for Older Adults: Implications for Training and Practice in Geropsychology

Pages: 158
Item #: 4311190
ISBN: 978-1-55798-334-3
List Price: $9.95
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Copyright: 1995
Format: Softcover
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Shortages of well-trained psychology personnel are one of the major reasons why millions of older Americans do not receive adequate mental health services. This gap can be expected to increase dramatically in the near future when members of the "baby boom" generation reach old age.

Mental Health Services for Older Adults addresses this need by outlining the key issues in training in clinical geropsychology for persons who train and supervise psychologists who will work with older adults, whether that training occurs in a university, internship, postdoctoral, or continuing education setting. Although there has been a lack of coherent training initiatives in geropsychology in the past, this volume presents a growing consensus regarding the core content of the knowledge base required for training in geropsychology.

This information has been gathered with a careful attention to meeting the real-life mental health needs of the elderly, who can suffer from depression and emotional outcomes of neurological disorders, as well as from issues involving the natural processes of aging.

Table of Contents

Foreword: The Mental Health Care Needs of Older Adults
—Lovola Burgess

A Note From the Center for Mental Health Services
—Joyce Berry

Introduction: The Development of Training in Clinical Geropsychology
—Bob G. Knight, John Santos, Linda Teri, and M. Powell Lawton

I. Public Sector Services

  1. Geropsychology Services and Training in the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
    —Susan G. Cooley
  2. Community-Based Services for Older Adults: A Role for Psychologists?
    —Bob G. Knight, Larry Rickards, Peter Rabins, Kathleen Buckwalter, and Marianne Smith

II. The Knowledge Base

  1. Training Materials in Geropsychology: Developmental Issues
    —K. Warner Schaie
  2. Psychopathology and Treatment: Curriculum and Research Needs
    —Rebecca G. Logsdon
  3. Neuropsychology and Geropsychology
    —Asenath La Rue
  4. The Medical Issues in Geropsychology Training and Practice
    —Deborah W. Frazer
  5. Psychopharmacology: An Essential Element in Educating Clinical Psychologists for Working With Older Adults
    —Michael A. Smyer and Murna G. Downs
  6. The Role of the Family in Clinical Geropsychology
    —Rachel Pruchno
  7. The Special Needs of Elderly Minorities: A Profile of Hispanics
    —Carmen Inoa Vazquez and Alina M. Clavijo

III. Levels of Training

  1. Undergraduate Education and Master's-Level Training
    —Barry A. Edelstein and Lynn Emer Northrop
  2. Doctoral Training and Methods for Attracting Students to Work in Clinical Geropsychology
    —William E. Haley and Margaret Gatz
  3. Clinical Supervision and Practicum Placements in Graduate Training
    —Sara Honn Qualls, Michael Duffy, and Royda Crose
  4. Issues in Geropsychology Training at the Internship Level
    —Dolores Gallagher-Thompson and Larry W. Thompson
  5. The Case for Certification in Clinical Geropsychology and a Framework for Implementation
    —George Niederehe, Margaret Gatz, George P. Taylor, and Linda Teri


  • Recommendations From the National Conference on Clinical Training in Psychology: Improving Psychological Services for Older Adults
  • Recommendations to the American Psychological Association (APA)
  • Recommendations to the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)/Center for Mental Health Services (CMHS)
  • Recommendations to Congress