PY 842A: Workshop in Gerontological Psychology
Synonym:66611 (for web registration)
Meeting Schedule:Sat 5/1 - 5/2 (9:00AM-4:59PM)
Competency Area: Intervention
This course is designed to provide a general overview of the current clinical practice of geropsychology. The course will introduce how the physical and cognitive changes, psychosocial stressors, and existential issues associated with the aging process impact the mental health needs of the elderly. Next the course will provide an introduction to the most prevalent psychiatric disorders in the geriatric population, such as depression, anxiety disorders, substance abuse, and dementia. This will include a discussion of the unique factors contributing to psychopathology at this stage in the life cycle. The course will also provide an overview of some of the current psychological assessment and treatment approaches with older adults, including cognitive screening techniques, capacity assessments, psychotherapy, and consultation.