Gerontotherapy - training regulations





Gerontotherapy was very significantly developed in the 1980s by the Psychotherapeutic Institute Bergerhausen Duisburg – Germany as a further qualification in psychosocial professions. It was a response to the increasing need for therapeutic care in the elderly and the old.

Goal setting

The training qualifies the participants to work therapeutically in outpatient and inpatient facilities for older and older people. In view of the growing number of older and older people in our society, specializing in counseling and therapy for this clientele offers new perspectives. For the upcoming tasks and new forms of care for older and older people to be developed, training with a gerontotherapy focus is particularly necessary.

Gerontotherapy group

The focus is on the personal therapeutic qualification of the training participants. It builds on a broad base of specialist gerontological, geriatric and gerontopsychiatric knowledge and gradually introduces you to later therapeutic work in practice-oriented learning and exercise units.
Interested parties who already work professionally or on a voluntary basis with older and older people, we offer the possibility to counter questions from your work process with a theoretical concept and to develop new possibilities for action. The own experience and ability to act in the encounter with older and older people is expanded, so that the personal and professional qualifications are increased, new areas of work are opened up.

The training enables the participants to do so:

  • to promote autonomy and independence for older and older people,
  • To help older and older people overcome emotional and mental barriers that prevent them from determining their own lives.
  • accompanying elderly and old people in stressful situations and helping them effectively in crises,
  • to be support and clarification support for situation-related problems for the elderly and the elderly as well as for his social environment,
  • to help the families and the social environment of an elderly person in need of care in coping with this new situation and to be able to intervene in emotional crises,
  • to provide support in the situation of terminal care for the dying person as well as in the social environment and nursing staff.


The basic approach is based on a resource-oriented view of the human being and the correction of the deficient age picture. The perception of individual resources enables the promotion of competence and independence in old age. New options for action are being tested and can then be implemented in everyday life. The therapeutic work includes an invitation to a conversation in which obstructive beliefs and fixations of experience are reconsidered and transformed. In this respect, our work is solution-oriented without restricting the space for experiencing current, meaningful emotions. Therapeutic work with older and older people also sees itself as an opportunity to process “unfinished business” and to deal with the various physical and social losses in this lifetime.

Our integrative approach with its goals and interventions is adapted to the skills and needs of older and older people.

The therapeutic basis is the humanistic psychodrama, which is expanded and supplemented with speech therapy, behavioral therapy and shape therapy methods.

This combination of different methods leads to a holistic concept that includes flexibility and individuality. In this way, the training participants acquire the ability to select individual approaches from different therapeutic approaches and to use them for specific fields of work.

As therapists, we are always participating observers. Our methods are based on our involvement, our way of perception and emotional presence. Therefore, self-awareness, in which I find out who I am and how others perceive me, is an important factor in further training. Dissonances between self-image and external image can be recognized and reflected, changes in one’s own personality can be set in motion.

Gerontotherapy group

Furthermore, various therapeutic methods are taught and practiced, which are adapted to the needs of the elderly and the elderly. Here too, in addition to the specific qualification for therapeutic work with an older clientele, personal skills should be encouraged. Another technical addition is the inclusion of the family context, knowledge of family systems, the generation sequence and multi-generational perspective.

Through continuous reflection of theory and practice in peer group work, the overall process of the training course is supplemented in individual aspects.

The training lasts a total of 2 1/4 years and concludes with the examination for gerontological therapist . < / p>


  • Mindestalter 25 Jahre
  • Abgeschlossenes Studium im Bereich Psychologie, Pädagogik, Sozialarbeit, Sozialpädagogik, Medizin 
    oder eine abgeschlossene Ausbildung in einem psychosozialen, pädagogischen oder pflegerischen Beruf
  • Persönliches Aufnahmegespräch beim Fortbildungsträger

Struktur der Fortbildung

Die Fortbildung entspricht 208  Unterrichtsstunden organisierten Lernens 40 Unterrichtsstunden Supervision, 80 Unterrichtsstunden zur Bearbeitung der Theorie, Bearbeitung von Referatsthemen, Übungen)


Lernbereich I: Gerontologisches Basiswissen

  • Psychologische Gerontologie
  • Soziale Gerontologie
  • Gerontopsychiatrie
  • Geriatrie
  • Lebenszyklen, Abschied, Sterben
  • Altenarbeit und Alteneinrichtungen

Lernbereich II: Beraterische Qualifikation

  • Schulung der Selbst- und Fremdwahrnehmung
  • Beratungstheorien und Beratungskonzepte
  • Klientenzentrierte Gesprächsführung
  • Gestalttherapeutische Interventionen in der Altenberatung
  • Einsatz von Entspannungsverfahren
  • Der integrative Beratungsansatz

Lernbereich III: Gerontologisches Fachwissen

  • Psychologie des Alterns
  • Alternstheorien
  • Geistige Leistungsfähigkeit im Alter
  • Lernfähigkeit im Alter
  • Entwicklung im Lebenslauf
  • Altern als Entwicklungsprozess und Entwicklungsaufgabe
  • Probleme des Menschen im höheren Erwachsenenalter
  • Biographiearbeit
  • Sterben und Tod
  • Soziologie des Alters
  • Soziale Bedingungen und Dimensionen des Phänomens “Alter”
  • Der ältere Mensch in der Gesellschaft
  • Alter und Armut
  • Alter in verschiedenen Kulturen
  • Frauen im Alter
  • Der ältere Mensch und seine soziale Umgebung
  • Der alte Mensch in der Familie
  • Alter und Partnerschaft
  • Das soziale Netzwerk
  • Die Auseinandersetzung mit der Wohnsituation
  • Geriatrie
  • normales und krankhaftes Altern
  • spezifische Krankheitsbilder
  • charakteristische Symptome im Alter
  • Pharmakologie
  • Prävention und Rehabilitation
  • Gerontopsychiatrie
  • Einführung in die Psychiatrie
  • Klassifikationssysteme
  • Psychische Störungen und Erkrankungen
  • Psychische Störungen und Erkrankungen im Alter
  • Abhängigkeitserkrankungen im Alter
  • Organisationswissen
  • Aufgaben und Funktionen von Organisationen
  • Individuum und Organisation
  • Organisationsformen und -strukturen
  • rechtliche Aspekte
  • Möglichkeiten und Probleme sozialer Organisationen
  • Organisationen in der Altenarbeit

Lernbereich IV: Therapeutische Qualifikation

  • Therapiekonzepte
    • Verhaltenstherapeutische Ansätze
    • Psychoanalyse
    • Tiefenpsychologische Ansätze
    • Humanistisch orientierte Ansätze
    • Systemisch orientierte Ansätze
    • Transpersonale Ansätze
    • Entspannungsverfahren
  • Ressourcenorientierte Diagnostik
  • Krisenintervention
  • Spezifische Interventionen aus der Gesprächstherapie, Verhaltenstherapie und Gestalttherapie, dem Humanistischen Psychodrama
  • Familiäre Systeme
  • Mehrgenerationenperspektive
  • Die Integrierte Gerontotherapie
  • Abschluss und Abschied
  • Therapeutische Haltung, Ethik

Lernbereich V: Selbsterfahrung 

  • mit Methoden des Humanistischen Psychodramas

Lernbereich VI: Supervision

  • zur Reflexion des eigenen beraterischen und therapeutischen Handelns

Prüfung, Abschluss

  • Nachweis der Teilnahme an den Seminaren der Fortbildung
  • Nachweis der 80 AE Peer-Gruppe
  • schriftliche Abschlussarbeit zu einem gerontotherapeutischen Thema (Umfang mindestens 15 DINA4-Seiten)
  • Schriftlicher Bericht über die eigene Entwicklung und Qualifikation
  • Schriftlicher Kenntnisnachweis über gerontologisches Fachwissen