Training of Geriatric Mental Health Providers in CBT Interventions for Older Adults

  • Nancy A. Pachana
  • Bob Knight
  • Michele J. Karel
  • Judith S. Beck

With an increasingly wide range of mental health professionals working with older populations, the need for training in effective intervention strategies for this population is growing. While the literature describing theoretical developments in intervention strategies and controlled trials demonstrating efficacy with respect to older cohorts are on the rise, there is a lack of focus on the underpinnings of effective training of mental health professionals, including data on the efficacy of training methods and positive and negative outcomes of different training strategies and approaches. This issue may be of particular importance in work with older adults; for example, Pinquart and Sörensen’s meta-analysis of treatment for depression in older adults showed an effect for training in work with older adults (Pinquart & Sörenson, 2001).


Mental Health Cognitive Behavior Therapy Mental Health Professional Cognitive Therapy Core Competency 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Nancy A. Pachana
    • 1
  • Bob Knight
    • 2
  • Michele J. Karel
    • 3
  • Judith S. Beck
    • 4
  1. 1.School of PsychologyUniversity of QueenslandAustralia
  2. 2.Andrus Gerontology CenterUniversity of Southern CaliforniaLos AngelesUSA
  3. 3.VA Boston Healthcare SystemVA Boston Healthcare SystemBrocktonUSA
  4. 4.Department of PsychiatryUniversity of PennsylvaniaPhiladelphiaUSA

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