MASTER Psychology SPECIALTY Normal and pathological gerontological psychology

This course trains students to become psychologists who are able to apply their skills and knowledge to the elderly and their family and institutional circle.
 

  • Objectives

The ever-increasing number of elderly people in our societies creates new needs related to the specific support and assistance that these people require, for their normal development and, as a result of the increase in certain pathologies related to aging (illnesses such as Alzheimer, dementia, etc.).

Psychologists in this field deal with (diagnosis, advice, support) adjustment problems generated by changes that are induced by age, by helping the elderly integrate socially (retirement, moving into a care home, etc.), cognitive and psychomotor performances and somatic and psychological pathologies related to aging.

Recent research in psychology has provided new responses on cognitive process aging (and its prevention), as well as on the many psychological mechanisms that may act on the quality of adjustment over the long term. This research allows professionals to envisage effective ways of taking care of the aging population on a psychological level. This course trains students to become psychologists who are able to apply their skills and knowledge to the elderly and to helpers (family professionals) and also aims to establish optimal support and care for the elderly in care homes, in particular for those who are dependent.
 

  • Contents or models of training

- Psychological processes of aging
- Gerontopsychological practices
- Pathologies and psychopathologies of aging
- Psycho-social and organizational aspects of aging
- Career development methodology
- Code of conduct and ethics
- Legal aspects and organization of the profession
- English
 

  • Admission requirements
Students must have validated a M1 PSYCHOLOGY and must have followed the common base classes (320 hours), including the traineeship, for at least 100 hours.