PY 842: AdvSem-Professional Geropsychology

Synonym:

81175 (for web registration)

Section:

A

Faculty:

Roger Peterson

Credits:

3

Seats:

12

Semester:

Spring 2012

Meeting Schedule:

Mondays 1/23 - 5/7 (4:30PM-6:59PM)

Description:

Competency Area: Intervention
Restricted to Year II, Year III & Year IV students.
Restricted to Year IV students from December 8 - 15; open to Year II & Year III students on December 16.

This course examines and explores the following topics and issues: developmental tasks in the last stage of the life cycle; cognitive and other changes associated with the aging process; stressors, such as chronic health problems, conjugal loss, retirement, and financial strain, affecting elders and strategies of adaptation; primary prevention and successful aging; the role of informal and formal social supports; the relationship between autonomy and well-being; gender and other diversity issues. After establishing this broader context, the most prevalent psychiatric disorders in the elderly population, including dementias, depression, psychoses, anxiety disorders, and alcoholism are examined in terms of assessment, prevention, and treatment. Current and proposed societal policies affecting elders' mental health and well-being are discussed along with gerontology as a specialty for psychologists in terms of education, training, and credentialing.