Counseling older adults is not equivalent to counseling the general population, and specialized skills and knowledge, as well as sensitivity to the contexts in which older adults live, are essential in working successfully with this population. This book provides an introduction to gerontological counseling, covering theories of aging (including a theory of gerontological counseling) and their practical application in counseling work with older adults; basic counseling skills and the counseling process in the context of work with older adults; contextual factors (race-ethnicity, social class, etc.); and a discussion of social justice issues. Also considered are biopsychosocial-spiritual contexts of older adults, as well as the counseling skills and process interventions that maximize counseling success within these contexts.
Theories of Aging and Later Life Development. Attending and Listening Skills in Work with Older Adults. Stages of Counseling Older Adults. Psychodynamic and Existential Foundations in Counseling Older Adults. Transference and Other Counseling Processes with Older Adults. Approaches to Counseling Older Adults. The Culture and Context of Old Age. Spirituality and Counseling Older Adults. Multicultural Gerontological Counseling. School, College, and Career Counseling and Older Adults: Grandparenting, Reentry Students, and Retirement. Health and Rehabilitation Counseling with Older Adults. Alzheimer's Disease and Other Dementias. Family Issues in Counseling Older Adults. Psychological Issues in Community and Mental Health Counseling. Future Trends in Aging and Counseling.