Counseling Psychologists Working with Older Adults

Tammi Vacha-Haase and Michael Duffy

in The Oxford Handbook of Counseling Psychology

Published in print November 2011 | ISBN: 9780195342314
Published online September 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Library of Psychology

Counseling Psychologists Working with Older Adults

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This chapter explores the relationship between counseling psychology and working with older adults. A brief overview of the increasing expansion and core areas within the aging population is provided, with focus on aging in society, intergenerational family, and issues of diversity. Clinical work with older adults is addressed, highlighting later-life issues, as well as engaging in psychotherapy and assessment with older adults. In the final section, opportunities for counseling psychologists are outlined, with recommendations for the expansion of traditional areas for counseling psychology, as well as relatively newer areas such as quality of life, pain management, and end-of-life treatment.

Keywords: geropsychology; older adult; counseling psychology; training counseling psychologists; career opportunities

Article.  15596 words. 

Subjects: Psychology ; Counselling Psychology

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