Behavioral Health in Aging Certificate

With the growth of the aging population and its increasing diversity, it is imperative to examine what we can do to build healthy communities and address the relationship of mental wellness to overall health and well- being. It is estimated that one in four older adults will have a behavioral health concern. This program will enrich your understanding of the major mental health conditions and substance use concerns facing older adults as well as the importance of promoting mental wellness and resilience. Attention will be paid to the importance of screening, assessment and evidence based interventions.

Training Program Cost: $325.00
Typical number of CEUs: 19

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Alzheimer’s Disease and Other Dementias of Aging

Care managers, social workers, and others who provide services to older people are often the first to notice signs of Alzheimer’s disease and other neurocognitive disorders. This course teaches practitioners to recognize signs and symptoms of the common dementias so that they can refer clients for appropriate diagnostic screening, as well as provide education, support, and referrals. Discussion includes legal and ethical issues and the implications of ethnic and cultural differences for effective intervention strategies.

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 provides practitioners with fundamental knowledge of the signs and symptoms of common mental health concerns and the tools required to address their clients’ needs in this crucial realm—through appropriate intervention or referral.

Mental Wellness and Resilience among Older Immigrants and Refugees

By the end of this course, you will have become familiar with the background of immigration in the United States, and how it impacts older adults. It will help you identify the stressors and barriers faced by older immigrants and refugees as well as understand the strengths and resources in immigrants and immigrant communities that build resilience. You will also explore your own cultural attitudes and beliefs and how they may affect your work with immigrants and refugees.

Substance Use among Older Adults

This course will discuss the use of alcohol, nicotine, and drugs, including illicit, prescription, and over-the-counter medications. You will explore the most effective ways to engage older adults in discussions about their use of alcohol and drugs and provide referral resources. Through the use of stories, assessment questions, and interactive activities, you will become more familiar with substance use as an issue that affects your work. You will also be able to explore your own attitudes about substance use in this population, and understand more clearly the barriers to effective identification and treatment.

Suicide Prevention among Older Adults

Undetected and undertreated depression and the corresponding high rate of suicide among older adults present one of the most urgent problems we face in caring for the aging population. This course prepares professionals working with older adults in mental health, substance use, and aging services to recognize suicide risk among their clients, to intervene appropriately, and to engage in and promote effective suicide prevention. The course focuses on what is known about suicide and the risks for vulnerable older adults based on the latest research and the practice experience of healthcare professionals. The course also helps participants to understand how their personal attitudes about suicide can affect the care of older people in their practice. Case studies provide concrete examples, and bonus resources and background information are available for downloading throughout the course.

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