Counselling and Psychotherapy with Older People in Care (CPOPC)

Book launch speech by Felicity Chapman and photos of the day

Poster presentation for the 2018 the Australian Association of Gerontology conference

‘Counselling and Psychotherapy with Older People in Care: A Support Guide’ offers an innovative person-centred psychological model for an advanced senior population, a service delivery analysis considering the effects of ageism, a chapter on self-care for the clinician, an empowering second person voice for the case studies and an engaging text that is academically sound but easy to read.

Industry/ Editorial Reviews and Awards for CPOPC


2021, March, Australasian Journal on Ageing (official and published review), "Counselling and Psychotherapy with Older People in Care is written for counsellors, psychologists and social workers as a guide to working effectively with people living in residential care and alongside those employed to care for them...This book is written from the heart but at the same time presents academically sound support for the need for counselling and psychotherapy with older people...The stories shared about transitions from ‘despair’ to ‘hope and resolution’ will give students and those new to the field of working with older people a sense of optimism."

2020 January, Australasian Journal on Ageing, "This book is well written and supported throughout with appropriate references from evidence-based literature... It inspires the reader to understand the importance of providing services to this population." And, "[The book] does an excellent job of describing the key issues with working with the oldest-old in nursing homes."

2020 nominee for the 2019 Australasian Journal on Ageing Book Award :)

2019 August, Psychotherapy and Counselling Journal of Australia, "An excellent resource, a great contribution to the field and a helpful professional support guide for counsellors and psychotherapists and carers... it seamlessly and lovingly describes the possibilities for creating magic for older people in care." (click for full review)

2019 February, winter edition, Contemporary Psychotherapy (UK), "This book could scarely be more timely... [it is a] thoroughly researched as well as being an accessible and engaging read... I recommend it to all therapists..." (click for full review)

2018 December, Therapy Today, British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP), "A comprehensive guide to working in this complex, specialist field that takes a deeply respectful, collaborative and empowering approach..." (click for full review)

2018 April, International Association of Hospice and Palliative Care (IAHPC), "You will enjoy this book..." by Dr Woodruff (click for full review)

Consumer reviews for CPOPC

On Amazon Australia e.g., "I found Counselling and Psychotherapy with Older People in Care immensely helpful. I work with people in residential aged care facilities as a provisional psychologist and thankfully Felicity's book provided the guidance that university did not! I have recommended it to ALL of my intern colleagues as an essential support guide and would welcome it as prescribed text for the course that I did." by SuperSue.

On Goodreads e.g., "The fact that the book is intended to be person centered and not based on a medical model, calling for the re-evaluating of how we work with the elderly, was like a breath of fresh air… As a trained psychotherapist I would recommend this book to any person working in aged care." by Anna

On Amazon America e.g., "Small but powerful," by P. Kay.

On Facebook author page eg, "The only book I know of that focuses on the specifics of counselling and psychotherapy in an aged care setting... An invaluable resource that I return to again and again for the support and information it provides." by Megan

Advocacy and the Evolution of Aged Care Services and the Medicare Injustice (click this link and see bottom of the page)

Interviews, Presentations or Articles


2022 February, 2 hour webinar by Felicity hosted by the Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation Australia (PACFA), 'Conversations: Counselling and Psychotherapy with Older Adutls'

2020 November, End of Life Directions in Aged Care (ELDAC) Mental Health and Older Adults blog 3 of 3: 'The Importance of Being Present'

2020 October, End of Life Directions in Aged Care (ELDAC) Mental Health and Older Adults blog 2 of 3: 'Adapting Acceptance and Commitment Therapy'

2020 September, End of Life Directions in Aged Care (ELDAC) Mental Health and Older Adults blog 1 of 3: 'Working With Grief'

2019 July, Therapy Today (UK) magazine, Felicity interviewed in feature entitled, 'It's never too late'

2018 December, Working With Older People (UK) journal, 'Managing emotional and psychological distress in older people'

2018 November, Australian Association of Gerontology conference, poster presentation, 'Undercover agents: innovative psychological model for an advanced senior population'

2018 November, RMIT University Melbourne, guest speaker and panel member for 'Social Work in Aged Care Settings Forum'

2018 August, Australian Ageing Agenda, 'Taking a holistic approach: understanding generational nuances'

2018 June, podcast with Vittorio Cintio, social work head of Nepean hospital, Blue Mountains

2018 June, Australian Ageing Agenda online magazine, 'Decline not a sign of failure'

2018 June, Community Care Review (Australian Ageing Agenda), 'Be on guard to ageism'

2018 May, Australian Ageing Agenda online magazine, Felicity's response to 'At long last, mental health support for residents,' from a mental health social worker perspective

2018 April, Manuscript Appraisal Agency, Blue Mountains, interview with Kit Carstairs, getting up close and personal about being a writer

2018 April, SA Council of the Ageing (COTA), 'Society needs to be senior friendly', page 23 in newsletter

2018 March, University of South Australia Alumni News, 'Empowering older adults,' interview with Cassie Saunders

2014 October, Sonder (formerly Northern Health Network and Northern Adelaide Medicare Local, 'Majorie's Story: A year in therapy, full story page 6

2014 October, Sonder (formerly Northern Health Network and Northern Adelaide Medicare Local, 'Majorie's Story: A year in therapy, cover

IN THE MEDIA - perinatal

Interviews, Presentations or Articles


2015 March, Adelaide's Child, 'Postnatal stress', interview with Feature's Editor Natalie Ritchie

2010 'Foreword' and 'Living with reflux: Ethan and Tyler', In Blanch, G., Reflux Reality, Michelle Anderson Publishing, Melbourne.

2008 April, ABC Statewide NSW- afternoon program, interview with Fiona Wyllie

2007 July, Australian Women's Weekly, 'Internet communities', interview with Lee Tulloch covered on page 146. Contents. Page 142. Page 143. Page 145. Page 146. Page 148.

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