968005 Psychogerontic Therapy

summer semester 2021 | Last update: 24.02.2021 Place course on memo list
Psychogerontic Therapy
VO 1

Age, aging and mental disorders in maturity. This course includes a general introduction to the basic issues of gerontopsychology and psychotherapy in elderly people with mental disorders. Furthermore, this course gives an overview about demographical and social dimensions of maturity and aging, and thus should ensure a greater awareness regarding specific problems in maturity. On the basis of theoretical concepts on aging, different gerontopsychological and psychotherapeutical interventions are discussed, taking the specific capabilities and limitations of this life period into account.

  • What do we mean with age and aging? – discussion of demographic trends and socio-cultural factors
  • psychological models of healthy vs. pathological aging
  • aging process in a bio-psycho-social perspective
  • “successful aging”: encouragement of psychosocial adaptation to increase cognitive and mental impairments
  • clinical psychology and psychotherapy in elderly patients: peculiarities in diagnosis and treatment using the example of depression, dementia, and grief


  • discussion of theoretical concepts of age psychology and psychotherapy in elderly patients, demographic and socio-cultural factors
  • the theoretical course of basic concepts will be supported by the discussion of case studies
  • presentation of methods for diagnosis of mental disorders in elderly patients
  • development of psychotherapeutic treatment concepts for elderly patients with mental disorders
  • illustration of psychotherapeutic interventions using video examples of elderly patients suffering from depression, dementia, or grief

Maercker, A. (Hrsg.) (2002). Alterpsychotherapie und klinische Gerontopsychologie. Berlin [u.a]: Springer.

    • Störungsepidemiologie: S. 59-72
    • Gerontopsychologische Diagnostik: S. 111-123
    • Depressive Störungen: S. 141-158; S. 163-165
    • Angststörungen: S. 167-194
    • Alzheimer-Demenz: S. 229-243
    • PTBS und Trauer: S. 245-269; S. 279-282

Lindenberger, U., Smith, J., Mayer, K. U. & Baltes, P. B. (Hrsg.) (2010). Die Berliner Altersstudie (BASE). 3. erw. Aufl. Berlin: Akademie Verlag.

    • Sechs Lebensgeschichten aus der Berliner Altersstudie: S. 159-174
    • Psychische Erkrankungen im Alter: S. 209-244

Birren, J. E. & Schaie, K. W. (Eds.) (2001). Handbook of the Psychology of Aging.  5th Ed. London, UK: Academic Press.

    • History of Geropsychology: pp. 3-23
    • Motivation and Emotion: pp. 218-235

Krauss Whitbourne, S. (Ed) (2000). Psychopathology in Later Adulthood.  New York, NY: Wiley.

    • General Principles of Therapy: pp. 323-353

Duffy, M. (Ed.) (1999). Handbook of Counseling and Psychotherapy with Older Adults.  New York, NY: Wiley.

  • Environmental Design Features and Well-Being of Older Persons: pp. 350-369

Molinari, V. (Ed.) (2000). Professional Psychology in Long Term Care: A Comprehensive Guide. Long Island City, NY: Hatherleigh Press.

  • Counseling the Elderly Dying Patient: pp. 201-226
Group Booking period Date of exam
968005-0 2021-06-29 00:00 - 2021-09-26 23:59
19:30 Uhr
Virtuell über OLAT
Register exam
3. und letzter Prüfungstermin
Kumnig M.