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