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Psychotherapy with Older Men


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Part I: Setting the Stage. Life as an Older Man. Gender and Aging. Part II: Psychological Issues Affecting Older Men and Treatment Approaches. Therapeutic Considerations When Working with Older Men. Adjustment Difficulties. Depression. Anxiety. Health and Dealing with Chronic Physical Illness and Disability. Management of Substance Abuse and Use. Cognitive Impairment. Part III: Future Directions. Reducing Barriers. The Future.

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Tammi Vacha-Haase, Ph.D., is an associate professor in the Counseling Psychology Doctoral Program in the Psychology Department at Colorado State University, USA, where she served as the Training Director of the program for 8 years. She is a licensed psychologist and currently serves as the consulting psychologists at several local long-term care and assisted living facilities. She has authored numerous articles, received several grants, and currently has an active research and training program in geropsychology. Dr. Vacha-Haase is a member of the Society for Counseling Psychology (Division 17), Psychologists in Long Term Care (PLTC), and the Geropsychology Training Committee. Stephen R. Wester, Ph.D., an Associate Professor of counseling psychology in the APA-approved Counseling Psychology Doctoral program housed within the Department of Educational Psychology at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, USA. A prolific author and presenter, Stephen was recently named Researcher of the Year (2006) by the American Psychological Association's Division 51 (Society for the Psychological Study of Men and Masculinity). His research interests include men and emotions, male gender role conflict, counseling men from diverse backgrounds, and multicultural expressions of masculinity. Heidi Fowell Christianson, MS, is currently a doctoral student in counseling psychology in the Department of Educational Psychology at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, USA, while concurrently pursuing a certification in applied gerontology through UWM's School of Social Work. A winner of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee's Helen Bader Endowed Scholarship, for her work in geropsychology, three years running (2004, 2005, and 2006), Heidi's research and professional interests include aging and health psychology, specifically psychotherapy with older adults, psychosocial interventions for people with chronic illness, and physical consequences of stress on the medically ill.


"This is an invaluable and stunningly good book for readers who want to provide competent services to older men. It is right on target in presenting the most up-to-date psychological science and theories about men's development in the latter part of their life span." - Melba J T Vasquez, PhD, ABPP, psychologist in independent practice, Austin, Texas; 2011 President, American Psychological Association "This wonderful, much-needed resource for psychotherapists and counselors unpacks the layers of men's' lives as they unfold in therapeutic relationships. It offers a true integration of multiple theoretical perspectives that is peppered liberally with case illustrations, making it a valuable resource for readers from any helping profession." - Sara Honn Qualls, PhD, Kraemer Family Professor of Aging Studies and Director, Gerontology Center, University of Colorado at Colorado Springs "This excellent book addresses a critical void in the literature about providing mental health services to older men, an often overlooked but growing population.a I highly recommend it!" - Glenn E. Good, PhD, Professor and Associate Dean, University of Missouri; Coeditor of The New Handbook of Psychotherapy & Counseling with Men

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