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Edited by Dr. Ken Schwartz, MD, FRCPC and Dr. Robert Madan, MD, FRCPC Department of Psychiatry, Baycrest

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The Baycrest Psychiatric Day Hospital is a multi-component clinical program for the treatment of depression in older adults. It integrates pharmacological and psychotherapeutic interventions to provide depressed seniors with comprehensive and effective care. This training manual describes the treatment approach used in this long-standing and effective program. Some of the topics include:

  • Overview of depressive disorders in late life
  • Description of the structure of the program
  • The roles and functions of the team members and team dynamics
  • In-depth descriptions of the various groups and interventions
  • Group and individual psychotherapy
  • Numerous case examples
  • Research and education in the program

This training manual can be used by healthcare professionals who are interested in creating a similar program for older adults with mental illness. It is also intended for healthcare practitioners and students who would like to enhance their knowledge in the area of geriatric depression.