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What Psychologists Should Know About Working With Older Adults


This intermediate workshop increases the competencies of psychologists' work with older adults, drawing on the growing literature on psychological assessment and evidence-based treatment. The content focuses on: (a) unique aspects of managing professional practice with older patients, (b) assessment and treatment of late-life depression and anxiety, (c) cognitive disorders and differential diagnosis of dementias, and (d) psychological and behavioral interventions for elders at the highest and lowest ends of the continuum of function, exploring normal aging through serious impairment due to illness or dementia.


Learning Objective 1
Identify symptoms of depression and anxiety among older adults and apply appropriate assessment and treatment techniques for these conditions.


Learning Objective 2
Recognize signs of dementia among older adults and apply appropriate assessment and treatment techniques for this condition.


Learning Objective 3
Respond to multiculturally diverse older adult clients with sensitivity to their cultural values and health practices.


Learning Objective 4
Recognize the role that function plays in determining appropriate psychological supports and intervention.


Learning Objective 5
Develop awareness of the range of psychological supports and interventions to support older adults with comorbid health concerns and various behavioral health needs.


Learning Objective 6
Manage a professional practice involving older patients effectively, including utilizing appropriate billing and coding practices and positioning for future changes in Medicare reimbursement policies.


Learning Objective 7
Describe ethical considerations in geropsychology practice to ensure the welfare and protection of older adult patients.

Presenters: Kelly O’Shea Carney, PhD, CMC; Margaret Norris, PhD; Forrest Scogin, PhD; and Glenn Smith, PhD.

Continuing Education

6.0 CE
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