On her website, author Felicity Chapman says fervently of the underfunded, underpopulated vocation of counselling older people in care: "We need a revolution. We need an army of skilled practitioners all around the world who feel excited and confident to work with older adults to improve their psychological and emotional health". Felicity's book goes a long way towards rallying that army which I'll soon be joining.
The best thing about this book is that it examines and describes the Australian experience in detail, outlining its rewards and pitfalls in ways that many mental health workers here will be able to recognise and connect with. It looks at funding discrepancies and obstacles to psychological care for older people, dictated by the health care system, as well as occasional reluctance of residential aged care facilities to recognise the value of counselling for their residents. As Chapman says early in the book "care staff are often not aware of how challenging behaviours and psychological distress are so inextricably linked". Her book is driven by her personal experiences as a mental health social worker counselling older people and her success stories, using case studies to outline her use of different modalities and techniques. It dispels the myth that depression is a natural part of ageing and there's really nothing you can do about it. In fact, there's heaps that can be done, as her client stories attest, even when dementia is apparent: "It would be wrong to deprive persons in the early stages of dementia of the benefits of appropriate psychological intervention".
I could go on and on but I wind up so you can read the book yourself. Counselling and Psychotherapy with Older People in Care breaks new ground - a story that needed to be told, laden with useful information for practitioners.
- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 2899 KB
- Print Length: 243 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 178592396X
- Publisher: Jessica Kingsley Publishers; 1 edition (14 December 2017)
- Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0746SYPD6
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Customer Reviews: 3 customer ratings
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #289,851 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)