As part of the emphasis on ethnogeriatric mental health, the following resources have been developed related to care of elders from diverse backgrounds with depressive symptoms.
Using Behavioral Activation to reduce depression in older adults (training is available via DVD)
Behavioral Activation for medical personnel is intended for physicians, medical residents, psychiatry residents, medical students, nursery staff, nursing students and staff and students from related medical disciplines who want to incorporate a brief version of Behavioral Activation into their medically-based practices (e.g. the primary care setting).
Behavioral Activation for mental health professionals is intended for mental health professionals and trainees in mental health disciplines who would use Behavioral Activation as part of ongoing psychotherapy.
Mental Health Aspects of Diabetes in Elders from Diverse Ethnic Backgrounds is a curriculum that includes a discussion of the risk, assessment, and treatment of depression among elders from seven ethnic populations.
Webinars Depression and Mental Health, presented by Dolores Gallagher-Thompson, PhD, and Rita Hargrave, MD, on April 14, 2011.
California Older Adults Pleasant Events Schedule (COPPES) This 66 item scale is used in Cognitive/Behavioral Therapy (CBT) to help older clients identify the kinds of things they could do in their daily lives to bring enjoyment and/ or mastery into their lives. It is often used as part of BA as it can stimulate ideas for positive activities that would not have been thought of otherwise.
COPPES Scoring Suggestions
Selected Ethnogeriatric Publications on Depression by SGEC Scholars and Affiliates
Chen Stokes, S., Thompson, L.W., Murphy, S., & Gallagher-Thompson, D. (2001). Screening for depression in immigrant Chinese – American elders: Results of a pilot study. Journal of Gerontological Social Work, 36(1/2), 27-44.
Cucciare, M., Gray, H. L., Azar, A., & Gallagher-Thompson, D. (2010). Exploring the relationship between physical health, depressive symptoms, and depression diagnosis in Hispanic dementia caregivers. Aging and Mental Health, 14(3), 274-282.
Tang, P., & Gallagher-Thompson, D. (2005). Treatment of depressive symptoms in a Chinese female dementia caregiver: A case study using cognitive/behavioral methods. Clinical Gerontologist, 28(3), 81-85.
Thompson, L.W., Solano, N., Kinoshita, L., Coon, D.W., Mausbach, B., & Gallagher-Thompson, D. (2002). Pleasurable activities and mood: Differences between Latina and Caucasian dementia family caregivers. Journal of Mental Health and Aging, 8(3), 211–224.
Other Publications on Depression among Older Adults by SGEC Scholars and Affiliates
A comprehensive treatment package to maximize older clients' responsiveness to Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. These two step-by-step guides for a non-pharmacological treatment widely used for older adults are part of the Oxford "Treatments that Work" Series and can be ordered from Oxford University Press: www.oup.com/us.
Gallagher-Thompson, D., & Thompson, L. W. (2010). Effective Treatment for Late-Life Depression: A Therapist Guide. NY: Oxford University Press. (detailed information about a three-phase program of treatment for older outpatients seen in individual psychotherapy, based on 20 years of clinical research and practice with depressed older individuals. ISBN number: 978-0-19-538369-0.)
Thompson, L.W., Dick-Siskin, L., Coon, D. W., Powers, D., & Gallagher-Thompson, D. (2010). Effective Treatment for Late-Life Depression: A Client Workbook. NY: Oxford University Press. (contains all forms, worksheets and assignments that clients need for treatment. ISBN number: 978-0-19-538370-6)
Arean, P.A., Cook, B.L., Gallagher-Thompson, D., Hegel, M.T., Schulberg, H.C., & Schulz, R. (2003). Guidelines for conducting geropsychotherapy research. American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, 11(1), 9-16.
Coon, D.W., DeVries, H.M., & Gallagher-Thompson, D. (2004). Cognitive behavioral therapy with suicidal older adults. Behavioral and Cognitive Psychotherapy, 32, 481-493.
Coon, D.W., & Gallagher-Thompson, D. (2002). Encouraging homework completion among older adults in therapy. Psychotherapy in Practice, 58(5), 549-563.
Coon, D.W., Thompson, L.W., & Gallagher-Thompson, D. (2007). Adapting homework for an older adult client with cognitive impairment. Cognitive and Behavioral Practice, 14, 252-260.
Gallagher-Thompson, D., & Thompson, L. W. (2010). Effectively using cognitive/behavioral therapy with the oldest old: Case examples and issues for consideration. In N. A. Pachana, K. Laidlaw and B. Knight (Eds.), Casebook of Clinical Geropsychology: International Perspectives on Practice (pp. 227-241). Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press.
Laidlaw, K., Thompson, L.W., & Gallagher-Thompson, D. (2004). Comprehensive conceptualization of cognitive behaviour therapy for late life depression. Behavioural & Cognitive Psychotherapy, 32, 389-399.
Powers, D.V., Thompson, L., Futterman, A., & Gallagher-Thompson, D. (2002). Depression in later life: Epidemiology, assessment, impact, and treatment. In I.H. Gotlib & C.L. Hammen (Eds.), Handbook of Depression, 3rd ed. Chapter 24, (pp. 560-580). New York: Guilford Press.
Powers, D.V., Thompson, L.W., & Gallagher-Thompson, D. (2008). The benefits of using psychotherapy skills following treatment for depression: An examination of “afterwork” and a test of the skills hypothesis in older adults. Cognitive and Behavioral Practice, 15(2), 194-202.
Thompson, L.W., Coon, D.W., Gallagher-Thompson, D., Sommer, B., & Koin, D. (2001). Comparison of desipramine and cognitive-behavioral therapy in the treatment of elderly outpatients with mild to-moderate depression. American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, 9(3), 225-240.
Additional Ethnogeriatric Resources
Important ethnogeriatric resources related to aging and/or ethnicity identified by SGEC staff and affiliates which are produced by other groups.