Being with Older People

Being with Older People

A Systemic Approach

Eleanor Anderson, Glenda Fredman, Joshua Stott


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The authors of this volume take as their starting point "striking moments" in their practice with older people, their families and other practitioners. They integrate these with current systemic thinking to offer new perspectives on working with older people in a range of physical health, mental health and social care contexts. This book is practice led and contains a wealth of examples that will be familiar both to practitioners working with older people and to older people themselves and their families. The authors, all experienced clinicians, place an emphasis on how systemic and narrative approaches might relate to these real world dilemmas and point to ways forward in working with older people in a world where social isolation, ageism and discrimination are commonplace.


Eleanor Anderson:
Eleanor Anderson was a highly specialist systemic psychotherapist in the older adult mental health service at St Charles Hospital, London, where she pioneered systemic approaches for eleven years. Now an older adult herself and semi-retired, she supervises, consults and works voluntarily with the Peace Hospice Bereavement Service in Watford.

Glenda Fredman is consultant clinical psychologist and systemic psychotherapist with Camden and Islington NHS Foundation Trust. She is a tutor / trainer with the KCC Foundation, a freelance trainer, and author of 'Death Talk: Conversations with Children and Families' and 'Transforming Emotion: Conversations in Counselling and Psychotherapy'.

Joshua Stott is a clinical psychologist working with older people in Camden and Islington. He is also clinical tutor / joint co-ordinator of the 'working with older people' curriculum for the clinical psychology doctorate at University College London.