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Core Psychological Interventions for Older Adults


Core Psychological Interventions for Older Adults

The key remit of the Older Adult work stream within the Psychological Interventions Team is focussed upon supporting delivery of education and training of multi-professional staff.  The aim is to increase access to evidence based psychological interventions and therapies for Older People across NHS Scotland, social care and third sector partners. Key project work includes supporting older adult supervision for staff undertaking CBT diploma level training (South of Scotland CBT course). Development of an e-learning module is underway focussing on enhancing psychological awareness across multi-professional staff groups for those working with older people. Capacity to provide evidence based Psychological interventions to older people is required across both low to high intensity levels and our training programme reflects this.  The following training events are provided:

An Introduction to Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Anxiety Disorders in Older Adults

This 1–day workshop is a highly interactive and experiential day aimed at multi-professional staff who do not have a recognised psychological therapies qualification. This is a blended learning event and staff will be expected to have completed the LearnPro module “An Introduction to CBT for Anxiety” prior to attendance.  The day builds on knowledge gained from the e-learning resource and will focus on experience in use of clinical case examples and the application of cognitive behavioural approaches.

Living Life to the Full Classes for Older Adults (facilitator training). 

This two day interactive workshop is for staff who wish to learn how to facilitate Living Life to the Full Classes, based on the Five Areas (CBT model) approach originally developed by Dr Chris Williams.  Classes are suitable for older people with who can use guided self help, presenting with mild to moderate anxiety or depression.  Classes can be hosted in community, inpatient, social care or third sector settings.  Applications are welcome from multi professional staff experienced in running therapeutic groups.