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Clinical and counseling psychologists need didactic training and exposure to older people on placements to ensure high levels of competence and confidence in psychological treatment of older persons. A survey of curricular practices and student career aspirations across Australia, USA and Canada demonstrates higher levels of curricular focus on assessment vs interventions, and barriers to students pursuing geropsychology as a career. A recent national survey among Norwegian clinical psychologists suggests knowledge of specific ageing issues seems fairly good. Due to lack of exposure to older patients across clinical training programs, a training model recently launched in Norway is presented. Australian postgraduate psychology students in a 9-month residential aged care placement show significant improvement in geropsychology skills and attitudes over time vs controls. Finally, supervision and mentoring, key components of training, assist knowledge application and overcoming ageist stereotypes (positive and negative) imbedded in most cultures, which can interfere with skilful practice.
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