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Working with the Geriatric Client

You may earn this many credits: 1.25

Michael Sharland, Ph.D., ABPP/CN, LP |  Susan McPherson, Ph.D., ABPP/CN, LP
1.25 Hours
Audio and Video


According to the 2010 census, persons 65 years or older--numbered 40.2 million representing 13% of the U.S. population, about one in every eight Americans. By 2030, there will be about 72.1 million older persons, more than twice their number in 2000. People 65+ represented 12.4% of the population in the year 2000 but are expected to grow to be 19% of the population by 2030. This growing population will require that psychologists and neuropsychologists understand the issues specific to working with this clinical population.  The clinical interview of an elderly individual who may have cognitive decline poses important issues for psychologists and neuropsychologists.  We will stress the importance of a thorough history, family/collateral input, medical history and medications including OTC; sleep, social support, stressors, mood; psychiatric history, and substance abuse are just some examples. 

Introductory: This program is for psychologists, other mental health professionals, and students


  1. Identify key factors that impact working with an older adult vs younger adults (i.e., decreased vision, hearing, pain)
  2. Identify ten domains that should be addressed when interviewing older adults
  3. Identify signs of elder abuse

This session qualifies for 1.25 continuing education credits. You must attend the full 1.25-hour program to get continuing education credit for the event.

The Minnesota Psychological Association is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Minnesota Psychological Association maintains responsibility for this program and its content. 


Michael Sharland, Ph.D., ABPP/CN, LP Related seminars and products

Michael Sharland, Ph.D., ABPP/CN, LP, is a board-certified neuropsychologist in the department of Neurology at Essentia Health East in Duluth, Minnesota.  Originally from Michigan, he obtained his doctorate degree in Clinical Psychology from Saint Louis University.  Dr. Sharland then went on to complete a Neuropsychology internship at the Memphis VA Medical Center and a two-year postdoctoral fellowship in Adult Neuropsychology at the Medical College of Wisconsin.  He has been with the Essentia Health department of Neurology since 2010.

The speaker has indicated they do not have any conflicts of interest.

Susan McPherson, Ph.D., ABPP/CN, LP Related seminars and products

Susan McPherson, Ph.D., ABPP, LP, is a Board Certified Neuropsychologist in private practice. Dr. McPherson received her doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the Fuller Graduate School of Psychology in 1990 and completed her psychology internship at the University of Minnesota. She completed a two-year fellowship in Geriatric Psychology and Neuropsychology at UCLA in 1992She is coauthor of A Practical Approach to Geriatric Neuropsychology with Deborah Koltai, PhD, ABPP. Dr. McPherson is a past president of the Minnesota Psychological Association.

The speaker has indicated they do not have any conflicts of interest.