This course will enable students to develop and practice helping skills necessary for effective and respectful communication with older adults, their families and friends. From this perspective, supportive counselling and communication skills will be discussed and applied with a special focus on well elders, persons with sensory losses and those with physical and cognitive impairment and behavioural difficulties.
This course will also examine the role of the family, support networks and significant others as participants in the helping process. Students will explore strengths-based practical and theoretical aspects of counselling in working with older adults. The course will combine lectures and experiential exercises in order for students to integrate their knowledge and skills to a diverse elderly population. Related issues will include older adults' life transitions, coping skills and life review techniques.