Doctoral Gero-Psychology Training in Primary Care: Preliminary Findings from a Clinical Training Project

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Abstract

This article provides descriptive information and preliminary program evaluation data regarding a University based doctoral training program with a special focus on gero-psychology training in a primary care setting. The program sought to combine the resources of a University, an urban public hospital, and an academic medical center to develop geropsychology didactic and clinical training experiences, and specifically direct services to minority elders. Preliminary program findings suggest that educational and service objectives may be simultaneously achieved. A relatively modest increment in didactic training resulted in measurable gains in knowledge and interest. While the integration of geropsychology into primary care medicine presents some formidable challenges, preliminary data suggest great potential for further expansion of training and geropsychological services in primary care to meet the burgeoning mental health needs of older adults.

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