The over-sixty-five-year old age group is growing in Australia and members of this group are increasingly seeing help from psychologists. However, in general, psychologists have limited training in older adult psychology, or geropsychology, due to the lack of training available in this area in Australia and elsewhere.
This workshop aims to fill gaps in knowledge for those practitioners in public and private settings who would like further training in some of the different clinical and practical considerations needed when working with older adults. Content will include common presentations associated with this age group such as cognitive impairment, grief, death anxiety, normal ageing and memory loss, and age related health issues. The workshop will also examine ageism and how it can negatively impact on an older person’s self-image, as well as positive ageing – the mental health benefits of ageing. Due to the extended format of this workshop participants will have an opportunity to present their own clinical cases for feedback.
The workshop would be suitable for psychologists working in any setting who have an interest in older adults or a proportion of older adult clients.
At the conclusion of this activity, participants will have gained:
• Knowledge of how to screen for cognitive impairment and how to manage normal memory problems in older age
• Assessment and treatment skills for high prevalence presentations in older age, such as depression, anxiety, grief, death anxiety and insomnia.
• Greater understanding of biopsychosocial issues in older adulthood: lifespan context of older adults, ageism, different social environments such as aged care facilities, health issues in older age, and some of the improvements in psychological well being that can occur in older adulthood.
Ms Annabel Battersby is a clinical psychologist working in aged psychiatry with an interest in older adult well-being. In her research in this area she examined meaning in life, life satisfaction and emotions in adults aged between 65 and 95 years, presenting the findings at the Australian Association for Gerontology and Psychology and Ageing Interest Group conferences. Annabel works in private practice in aged care facilities as well as in consulting rooms with clients of all ages. She also worked for Melbourne Health as a clinical psychologist in the Aged Person’s Mental Health Program, working in both the in-patient unit and community treatment team.
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