Growing older can be a time of great joy and satisfaction for men as they look back on their accomplishments and gain more free time, but it can also be a challenging and distressing experience, especially for those men raised with the very traditional notions of what it means to be a "real man." This book will help practitioners working with older and aging men understand the eras in which these men were raised, how they view the world, the gender role conflicts they experience, and the physical, mental, and emotional challenges and problems they face during the later stages of their lives. The authors discuss theories of masculinity and aging and therapeutic considerations for working with this special population. Making use of many detailed case studies, they explore the psychological issues that are commonly faced by older men, such as depression, anxiety, cognitive impairment, and substance use and abuse, as well as effective screening and assessment techniques, and treatment approaches. They then conclude with a look at the future directions of psychotherapy with older men.
"This is an invaluable and stunningly good book for readers who want to provide competent services to older men. It is right on target in presenting the most up-to-date psychological science and theories about men’s development in the latter part of their life span." - Melba J T Vasquez, PhD, ABPP, psychologist in independent practice, Austin, Texas; 2011 President, American Psychological Association
"This wonderful, much-needed resource for psychotherapists and counselors unpacks the layers of men’s' lives as they unfold in therapeutic relationships. It offers a true integration of multiple theoretical perspectives that is peppered liberally with case illustrations, making it a valuable resource for readers from any helping profession." - Sara Honn Qualls, PhD, Kraemer Family Professor of Aging Studies and Director, Gerontology Center, University of Colorado at Colorado Springs
"This excellent book addresses a critical void in the literature about providing mental health services to older men, an often overlooked but growing population. I highly recommend it!" - Glenn E. Good, PhD, Professor and Associate Dean, University of Missouri; Coeditor of The New Handbook of Psychotherapy & Counseling with Men
"An intellectually thought-provoking but also very helpful book, full of practical advice for clinicians working in this field." - Dr. Hywel Pearce, The Journal of International Psychogeriatrics
Part I: Setting the Stage. Life as an Older Man. Gender and Aging. Part II: Psychological Issues Affecting Older Men and Treatment Approaches. Therapeutic Considerations When Working with Older Men. Adjustment Difficulties. Depression. Anxiety. Health and Dealing with Chronic Physical Illness and Disability. Management of Substance Abuse and Use. Cognitive Impairment. Part III: Future Directions. Reducing Barriers. The Future.
The Routledge Series on Counseling and Psychotherapy with Boys and Men includes books devoted to the process of helping boys and men in counseling and psychotherapy. Through his many roles as a professor and former chairperson of the department of counselor education at the College of New Jersey, a former president of Society for the Psychological Study of Men and Masculinity (SPSMM), and a national leader regarding the psychology of boys, men and masculinity, Dr. Mark Kiselica serves as the editor of the series, which addresses a wide variety of topics, including: