Encyclopedia of Geropsychology

2017 Edition
| Editors: Nancy A. Pachana

Contextual Adult Life Span Theory for Adapting Psychotherapy (CALTAP) and Clinical Geropsychology

  • Leander K. MitchellEmail author
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-981-287-082-7_131


Case conceptualization; Formulation


The Contextual Adult Lifespan Theory for Adapting Psychotherapy (CALTAP) model is a transtheoretical model developed to assist in increasing the understanding of both who the older adult client is and the broad context within which he or she presents for therapy.


The Contextual Adult Lifespan Theory for Adapting Psychotherapy (CALTAP) (Knight and Lee 2008) is a model that has been developed with an older adult population in mind. Fundamentally, the model provides a framework within which a holistic and in-depth understanding of older adult clients can be developed. In order to achieve this, the CALTAP model draws on lifespan developmental principles and social contexts (both current and historical and at a cultural and cohort level). The model has also been designed to be transtheoretical in nature rather than being wedded to any one particular type of therapy (e.g., cognitive behavioral therapy, interpersonal...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of PsychologyThe University of QueenslandBrisbaneAustralia