APA Guidelines for Psychological Practice with Older Adults adopted

The updated guidelines reflect the growing body of evidence for effective psychological intervention with older adults.

The APA Guidelines for the Psychological Practice with Older Adults were adopted as policy by the APA Council of Representatives in August. These guidelines replace those adopted in 2003. The Guidelines sections are: Competence in and attitudes toward working with older adults, General knowledge about adult development, aging, and older adults, Clinical issues, Assessment, Intervention, Consultation, and other service provision, and Professional issues and education. The members of the Revision Working Group are: Gregory Hinrichsen, PhD (chair), Adam Brickman, PhD, Barry Edelstein, PhD, Kimberly Hiroto, PhD, Tammi Vacha-Haase, PhD and Richard Zweig, PhD. Funding for the update of the guidelines was provided by Divisions 12-II (Society of Clinical Geropsychology) and 20 (Adult Development and Aging) and the APA Council of Representatives. The guidelines are now available online and will be published in the American Psychologist early next year. An effort is underway to promote the guidelines and other resources related to psychological practice with older adults to state and regional psychological associations.