On this page you will find information and links to various practice guidelines.
Increasingly, psychologists are encountering older adults and having to deal with various aging-related issues in the course of their clinical practice. Above linked guidelines describe knowledge and skills useful for psychologists who engage in the assessment, treatment, and other forms of clinical care of older adults. The guidelines were approved by APA’s Council of Representatives in August, 2003 and published in the American Psychologist in May/June, 2004.
For information on the update of the Guidelines for Psychological Practice with Older Adults and the release of the IOM Report on the Geriatric Mental Health Workforce, see the following APA flyer:
GeroCentral.org, an initiative of the Society of Clinical Geropsychology in partnership with APA’s Division 20 (Adult Development & Aging), Psychologists in Long Term Care, and Council of Geropsychology Training Programs, provides information on issues related to current policy, Medicare, and advocacy opportunities.
Assessment of Older Adults with Diminished Capacity: A Handbook for Psychologists is the third work product of the ABA/APA Assessment of Capacity in Older Adults Project Working Group, established in 2003 under the auspices of the interdisciplinary Task Force on Facilitating APA/ABA Relations. The specific goal of this handbook is to review psychological assessment of six civil capacities of particular importance to older adults: medical consent capacity, sexual consent capacity, financial capacity, testamentary capacity, capacity to drive, and capacity to live independently.
This article describes the Pikes Peak model for training in geropsychology.
This evaluation tool is for learners who are working to develop knowledge and skills for providing optimal care to older adults, their families, and related care systems. Psychology trainees, their supervisors, and practicing psychologists may use this tool to evaluate progress in developing geropsychology competencies, and to help define ongoing learning goals and training needs.
Section II encourages psychologists to understand how to become a provider and work within the Medicare system of reimbursement. Medicare standards for delivering services to clients are the benchmark for many insurance carriers, so having a thorough knowledge of Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) regulations is imperative for psychologists. Below are some basic resources for how to become a Medicare provider, along with informative articles of CMS issues and practices that address the following:
· important treatment regulations and standards for your local Medicare carrier.
· information on Medicaid cost-sharing programs throughout the country.
· information on voluntary compliance and how to set up a program for your practice.
· OIG trends and initiatives that psychologists should be aware of.
Section II and Psychologists in Long Term Care (PLTC) share a combined Public Policy Committee, as policy issues impact members of both organizations similarly. This committee recently updated the database of links to psychology-related LCDs (Local Coverage Determinations) by specific MACs (Medicare Administrative Contractors) here:
If you have any questions, concerns, or suggestions, please let the Public Policy Committee know (contact information found under “Officers and Information” –> “Officers” –> “Public Policy Committee”).