ERIC Number: ED316776
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Mar
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Counseling Older Women: Curriculum Guidelines and Strategies.
Cavallaro, Marion L.
Since the population of older persons is predominantly female, counselor educators need to incorporate into their curriculum topics related to the unique issues faced by older women. Most counselors in their practice will be encountering at some point the problems of older women. Therefore, the preparation of counselors needs to incorporate material relevant to this area, specifically on understanding the physiological and psychological changes of older women and the strategies that counselors can use to assist older women in dealing with these changes and adjustments. The American Association for Counseling and Development has recently published standards for generic counselors on the topic of gerontological counseling. Counseling graduates will be tested on aspects of gerontological counseling. Suggested topics on counseling older women include: (1) demographics; (2) health issues; (3) mental health; (4) family; (5) mature women and sexuality; (6) widowhood; (7) older women and addictions; (8) resources for older women; (9) other topics such as minority women, elder abuse, effects of work and retirement, older lesbian women, and older women and divorce. Relevant national organizations and media resources are listed. (ABL)
Publication Type: Guides - General; Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Association for Counseling and Development (Cincinnati, OH, March 16-19, 1990).