Gerontology and Counseling – CEFS 630

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 07/27/2021

Course Description

This course acquaints the counselor with the issues and problems unique to the elderly in American society. Topics such as suffering, societal attitude, and family structure are examined.

For information regarding prerequisites for this course, please refer to the Academic Course Catalog.


With a growing elderly population, professional counselors will be needed to meet the mental health needs of the elderly and their families.

Course Assignment

Textbook readings and lecture presentations

Course Requirements Checklist Assignment

After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in Module/Week 1.

Discussions (4)

Discussions are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student is required to create a discussion in response to the provided prompt for each forum. Each discussion must be 350–400 words and demonstrate course-related knowledge. Each discussion must contain at least 1 scholarly source cited in current APA format. In addition to the discussion, the student is required to reply to at least 1 other classmate's discussion and post at least 1 reply to the instructor’s comment or question. Each reply must be 250–300 words and use at least 1 scholarly source in current APA format.

Assessment and Structured Life Review Assignment

Client Consent and Assessment Forms Quiz

The student will select an elderly client for the Assessment and Structured Life Review assignment. During the first visit, the student will obtain written consent from his/her client and administer an assessment. The student will then conduct a series of 7–8 interviews and record them for use in his/her Structured Life Review Paper.

Structured Life Review Paper Assignment

The student will write a 12–14-page research-based paper in current APA format that focuses on the structured life review of his/her chosen client. The student will conduct and audio record a series of 8 (including initial visit), 1-hour sessions and use the information gathered in his/her interviews and assessment with the client to complete this paper. A 150–250-word abstract must be included in the paper. Any references used must be in current APA format.

Caregiver Interview Paper Assignment

The student will conduct an interview with a primary caregiver of an elderly adult and write a 4–6-page summary paper in current APA format. A 150–250-word abstract must be included in the paper.

Community Resources and Advocacy Handbook Assignment

The student will research community resources available to senior citizens in his/her community in order to write a 4–5-page handbook. The student must obtain at least 22 resources, as outlined in the assignment instructions, and then list and record contact information for each.

Quizzes (15)

Each quiz will cover the Learn material for the Module:Week in which it is assigned. Each quiz will be open-book/open-notes, contain 10 true/false, multiple-choice, and essay questions, and have a 20-minute time limit.