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How CBT with Older People is different: Age appropriate CBT with Older People

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The world is experiencing a profound and irreversible demographic shift meaning therapists are much more likely to come into contact with many more and much older people. Despite a new curriculum within IAPT for CBT with Older People, therapists often feel ill-prepared to meet the needs of this new cohort of older people. This workshop provides a review of contemporary approaches to CBT with older people and provides a way for therapists to review their own preparedness for working with older clients. CBT is particularly appropriate as an intervention for older people as it is skills enhancing, presentoriented, problem-focused, straightforward to use and effective, while depression and the anxiety disorders in later life are often misunderstood as a ‘natural’ consequence of challenges and losses associated with ageing.

The workshop covers normal ageing, how CBT may be different with older people and an ageappropriate approach to CBT and helps therapists examine how CBT can be very empowering of older people in bringing about positive changes. This workshop also provides a number of key clinical examples that showcase some of the challenges therapists may face when working with older people who may present with chronic and complex anxiety disorders and depression. While CBT for late life depression is the most systematically researched psychological treatment approach for use with older people, much less emphasis has been placed on understanding process issues in working with older people. This workshop will address these process issues and provide an overview of a new age appropriate approach to CBT that builds upon traditional Beck models of CBT. The main elements of an age-appropriate approach to CBT outlined in the day are attitudes to ageing, cohort values at a generational and familial level, optimizing functioning in comorbidity, age-appropriate case conceptualization and wisdom enhancement.

Location Reading
Category Talking Therapies
Details of Event
Start date 29 Apr 2020
Venue Address Reading University
Amount £130
Organiser Charlie Waller Institute
Speaker Professor Ken Laidlaw
Keywords Cognitive Behavioraltherapy (CBT), Counselling, Psychological, Psychology, Psychotherapy
Regions South East


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