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(p. 273) Module 10: Skills for Relating: Getting Along and Communicating Your Needs 

(p. 273) Module 10: Skills for Relating: Getting Along and Communicating Your Needs
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(p. 273) Module 10: Skills for Relating: Getting Along and Communicating Your Needs
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Ann M. Steffen

, Larry W. Thompson

, and Dolores Gallagher-Thompson

DOI:
10.1093/med-psych/9780190068431.003.0016
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date: 23 May 2022

Depression creates difficulties with interpersonal communication and relationships, especially for middle-aged and older adults. This chapter suggests flexible clinical tools for providers to use with aging clients who are socially isolated and wish to reach out to people, or who are in conflict and want to re-establish stronger connections. Clinicians can use the material in this chapter to help aging clients learn specific communication and interpersonal skills. This chapter also describes the Practice forms provided in the workbook for aging clients’ use between psychotherapy and integrated primary care sessions to remember and use these skills. Clinicians are encouraged to apply recommended strategies that are responsive to the needs of culturally diverse aging clients, including within the context of telehealth.

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