An aging population is currently being reflected in the client base of practicing psychologists with many experiencing increasing referrals of clients from the older adult population. Late-life anxiety and depression present a variety of challenges for clinicians. These disorders are difficult to differentiate from medication effects and medical illnesses in those over age 65. Evidence-based treatments, particularly for anxiety, have lagged behind those for depression. Recently a series of reports on efficacious treatments have appeared (Ayer et al., 2007; Mohlman et al., 2004; Stanley et al., 2003). These include treatments in emerging fields of interest for psychologists in Australia, such as primary care. This workshop introduces clinicians to the epidemiology, assessment tools and strategies, and hands on experience with intervention strategies for common presenting anxiety and depressive symptoms in older adults, including from published work of the presenter (Pachana et al., 2007).
By the conclusion of the workshop, participants will: