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CBT with Older People

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

What’s the difference between a free course and an upgraded course?

Free:

  • Access to the course for its duration + 14 days, regardless of when you join (this includes access to articles, videos, peer review steps, quizzes)
  • No certificate

Upgraded:

  • Unlimited access to the course, for as long as it exists on FutureLearn (this includes access to articles, videos, peer review steps, quizzes)
  • A Certificate of Achievement when you complete the course

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CBT with Older People

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.

When would you like to start?

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

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

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.

Learning specifically designed for healthcare professionals

Learn best practice from experts

This course has been specifically designed to support healthcare professionals’ continuing professional development (CPD). It’s ideal for keeping your skills up to date, and demonstrating your progress during appraisals or revalidation.

  • Learn hands-on skills that you can apply to your practice
  • Get up-to-date, unbiased information based on the latest research and best practice
  • Learn from and get your questions answered by expert academics and clinicians

Learn from the experiences of other health professionals

On this course, you’ll have the option to study with a small group of motivated healthcare professionals, meaning your course will count towards your participatory CPD.

  • Get access to a range of healthcare professionals
  • Share and debate your opinions
  • Learn from the diverse experiences of other professionals

Fit learning around your schedule with unlimited access

When you buy this course, you’ll have unlimited access to it for as long as it exists on FutureLearn, enabling you to fit learning around your schedule.

  • Take the course at your own pace
  • Revisit the material at any time
  • Engage in reflection, helping you apply what you learn in your practice

Get evidence of learning outcomes and CPD hours

Once you complete the course you’ll receive a digital and printed Certificate of Achievement to demonstrate your CPD. The Certificate and accompanying transcript includes:

  • Detailed learning outcomes
  • CPD hours required to complete the course
  • Details of any bodies that accredit or endorse the course
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