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GERO 403 (Older description) 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.
Recommended Gerontology resources
Understand Counselling [print]
Counselling Older Clients [print and online]
Handbook of mental health and aging [online] Covers biomarkers, age-related structural changes in the brain, dementia, neuropsychology, psychotherapy, psychopharmacology, mood disorders, anxiety, schizophrenia, sleep disorders, and substance abuse. Extensive bibliographies conclude each chapter.
Handbook of the psychology of aging [print or online Vol 1 and Vol 2: Covers concepts, theory and methods, biological and social influences on behaviour and behavioural processes. Chapters contain extensive references.
Dictionary of psychology [online]
Check the library catalogue to find additional materials at the SFU Library. Sample subject headings:
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Nursing and allied health
Centre on Aging
University of Manitoba
"an online, healthcare media publishing company"
American Psychiatric Association
covering Alzheimers, geriatric Psychiatry, and more
Learning logs and outlines
Keeping a learning log
BBC's Key Skills
Video on Outlines (1:48 mins)
The Writing Centre at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Creating an Outline
Douglas College Learning Commons
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, see the Gerontology Citing section