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This web page is intended to help you find information for the GERO 403 assignments. For further assistance, ask at the Belzberg Library Reference Desk or contact Nina Smart, Liaison Librarian for Gerontology at 778.782.5043 (inaccessible due to library closure) or firstname.lastname@example.org, Monday to Thursday or Chloe Riley, Acting Liaison Librarian for Psychology at 778-782-3315 or email@example.com .
GERO 403 approaches counselling with older adults from a positive, life-course-development perspective. From the perspective of a number of therapeutic paradigms, we take the position that older adults can enjoy optimal living at any stage of life, with emphasis on self-growth and self-exploration. We'll examine person-centred, cognitive-behavioural, and other models that foster change and growth. Topics include the therapeutic relationship, attitudes and beliefs about counselling older adults, the process of dialogue and engagement, and theories of personality. Although this course does not train clinical counsellors to work with the aged, it does expose you to counselling theory and practice and demonstrate how these skills can be adapted to the needs of older adults and their families in a wide variety of services. For more information see GERO 403's Canvas page.
Instructor: J. Barry Worsfold, M.S.W., Dip. Gerontology
Recommended Gerontology resources
Understand Counselling [print]
Counselling Older Clients [print and online]
Handbook of mental health and aging [print]: Discusses neurosciences, behavioural and social sciences, and the diagnosis and treatment of pathology. Extensive bibliographies conclude each chapter.
Handbook of the psychology of aging [print or online]: Covers concepts, theory and methods, biological and social influences on behaviour and behavioural processes. Chapters contain extensive references.
Dictionary of psychology [online]
Diagnostic and statistical manual of mental disorders : DSM-5 (DSM-V) [print and online]
Check the library catalogue to find additional materials at the SFU Library. Sample subject headings:
To find scholarly articles on your topic for assignments start with:
You can also search:
Ageline: Major social gerontology index
CINAHL Complete Nursing and allied health
Centre on Aging University of Manitoba
MedicineNet.com "an online, healthcare media publishing company"
Learning logs and outlines
Keeping a learning log BBC's Key Skills
Avoiding Plagiarism: the SFU Library guide. See also the Understanding and Avoiding Plagiarism self-directed tutorial to ensure that you will be following SFU's academic honesty and student conduct policies
SFU Library's Services for Distance Education students guide.
Psychology information resources at SFU, for more information about psychology research.
For citing research in your in-text references and reference list, refer to the following:
- Citation Guide: APA SFU library guide.
- Publication manual of the American Psychological Association [print] Chapter 2 has content and organization of a manuscript as well as examples of papers.
- APA style help from APA
- American Psychological Association (APA) Format Purdue University
- Understanding and Avoiding Plagiarism Go through this self-directed tutorial and you will know you will be following SFU's academic honesty and student conduct policies