Mental Health and Aging Issues

Sixty percent of mental health services that older people receive are provided by social service professionals. Yet these practitioners, as well as many in the disciplines of psychology and psychiatry, are often not trained specifically in mental health as related to aging. Prevalence of numerous coexisting medical conditions, greater use of multiple prescribed medications, and stereotypes about aging are among the many issues that make mental health concerns of the older individual complex and particularly challenging. This course gives practitioners the fundamental knowledge about mental health in later life and the tools required to address their clients’ needs in this crucial realm—through appropriate intervention or referral. Case examples and bonus resources are available for downloading throughout the course. This course will will focus on the important of mental health for those working in health and social service settings.This course is available for all level of practitioners. (4 CEUs)

This course is required for the CADER Mental Health in Aging Certificate and CADER Foundation in Aging Certificate.

CADER Online Learning Programs
Anna Stathopoulou
Online Training Manager

Learning Objectives

  • Recognize common mental health conditions present in the older adult population.
  • Describe the delivery of appropriate mental health services to older adults
  • Use standardized diagnostic tools that are appropriate for older adults.
  • Interpret the findings from mental health assessments
  • Practice mental health assessments & interventions with older adults in a culturally competent manner
  • Describe the most common legal and ethical issues related to aging and mental health

Expert Contributors

The expert contributors for this course are Patricia Gleason-Wynn, Ph.D., LCSW, and Kathy Kuhn, M.S.W., LICSW. Pat Gleason-Wynn specializes in mental health and older adults at the Baylor University School of Social Work and has taught numerous continuing education and professional development courses for gerontological social workers. Kathy Kuhn is an experienced advocate and clinician in geriatric mental health and serves as director of workforce development at IGSW. She formerly directed the Geriatric Mental Health and Addictions Program at Kit Clark Senior Services in Boston, which was recognized as a national model.

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