Online course in Health & Psychology

CBT with Older People

Understand the ageing process and the factors to consider when using cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) with older people.

  • Duration 3 weeks
  • Weekly study 3 hours
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Enhance your knowledge of CBT and ageing, and how to use CBT with older people

This online course provides an efficient introduction to cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) with older people.

You’ll first cover the basic theory and practice of CBT, before focussing on how working with older people can be different, because of comorbidity, complexity, chronicity, and continuity and contextual factors.

You’ll also become knowledgeable about normal and healthy ageing - as well as late life depression and anxiety disorders - which may influence your expectations for optimal treatment outcomes when using CBT with older people.

What topics will you cover?

  • Introduction to CBT, covering the fundamentals of an evidence-based approach to structured psychological therapy for depression and the anxiety disorders.
  • Introduction to Ageing. Providing a contemporary account of ageing in the UK and within a modern global approach to ageing. Completing this course students will have a greater appreciation of what is and isn’t normal ageing.
  • Introduction to age-appropriate CBT. A modern theory enhanced account of how CBT is different with Older People with a description of some new age-specific cognitive and behavioural interventions.

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    This course started 5 Aug 2019

What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you'll be able to...

  • Discuss CBT theory and how this is relevant for effective treatment outcome
  • Describe normal ageing and how this may be important when using CBT for late life depression and the anxiety disorders
  • Develop a working knowledge of the latest evidence on efficacy of CBT with Older People
  • Describe an age-appropriate approach to CBT and when it may be used.
  • Create a treatment plan for CBT with Older People

Who is the course for?

This course is designed for clinical psychologists, psychiatrists, allied health professionals, nurses and Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) professionals, who come into contact with older people in clinical practice.

Who will you learn with?

Ken Laidlaw

Ken Laidlaw

Professor Ken Laidlaw, Head of Department of Clinical Psychology at UEA has over 20 years of clinical experience with older people. Ken conducted the first UK RCT of individual CBT with Older People.

Adrian Leddy

Adrian Leddy

Dr Adrian Leddy is a Clinical Psychologist who has worked in the NHS with older adults for 14 years. He has been a Clinical Tutor on the Doctorate in Clinical Psychology Course at UEA since 2012.

Who developed the course?

The University of East Anglia is an internationally renowned university providing top quality academic, social and cultural facilities to over 15,000 students from over 100 countries around the globe.

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