Sound Generations Geriatric Mental Health Workshop series offers educational curriculum that addresses the mental health needs of older adults. There are currently approximately 54 million older adults (ages 65 and beyond) now in the United States, making up 16 % of our population. The Baby Boomer generation, estimated at 73 million, will all be 65 years or older by 2030 and the older adult population is expected to grow to 95 million by 2060. Baby Boomers are predicted to have more mental health issues than previous generations due to their enhanced life expectancy, as will likely be the case for the following generations, as well.
Despite the urgent need, current statistics reveal that there are not enough trained professionals who have the specialized training to adequately understand and serve the mental health needs of older adults. The Geriatric Mental Health workshop series at Sound Generations hopes to help fill this gap in educational opportunities for licensed professionals as well as other service providers who work with older adults.
Sound Generations recognizes that maintaining good mental health is a vital part of the aging process and practitioners and service providers need to keep abreast of trends and treatment in this field. We want to ensure service providers have access to this valuable information for years to come so that strong mental health is prioritized among our aging population.
Our workshops are 3-6 hours in duration and are generally held monthly via Zoom. Currently, we offer licensed mental health professionals Continuing Education Units (CEUs) in the geriatric mental health field, approved by the WMHCA. We also welcome anyone who works with older adults professionally to join us to learn from experts in the field of Geriatric Mental Health.
The Geriatric Mental Health Workshop series is designed and managed by Continuing Education Specialist, Alison Laird Craig. Robin Nelson, LICSW, GMHS oversees the program. Alison can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions or would like to teach a workshop.
Previous workshops have focused on Dementia/Delirium- Diagnosis and Treatment, Elder Law, End of Life Conversations, Elder Law and Pharmacology, Caregivers of Older Adults- Conflict and Cooperation, Elder Abuse and Neglect, Crisis Intervention and Prevention , Navigating Systems for Elders and more.
Upcoming Workshops will include Integrating Caring Justice: Addressing the Needs of Older Adults Released from Prison, Personality Disorders in Older Adults, Conducting Mental Health Assessments in Older Adults and more. Check back here for more information about these and to register!
Personality Disorders in the Older Population with Karen Kent, LMHC, GMHS – 6 CEUs
Wednesday, November 16th, 2022, 10am-5:30pm
This class will provide general information on personality disorders – the characterizations, the pattern of disorders, the statistics within the US population, cultural issues, and the probable causes. Each item is based on current research. We will explore in detail each of the three Clusters of diagnoses explaining what they have in common, how they differ, and helpful techniques to use with each one. In addition, we’ll discuss the difficulty of treating personality disorders and the evidence-based treatments that are available currently.
6 Continuing Education credits for social workers, mental health clinicians and marriage and family counselors. Case managers and other service providers are also welcome to attend.
NEW WINTER TIME – 10AM – 5:30PM Wednesday, November 16th, 2022. The workshop begins promptly at 9am, includes several breaks and lunch break. This class will be taught over Zoom. Workshop information and Zoom link will be sent out 1 week beforehand. Please make sure to save the link.
COST – $115.00
If you prefer to pay by alternative payment method, rather than online, please email Alison at email@example.com. If you are paying for more than one person in your organization, please email Alison with the full names and email addresses of all attendees so she can send them the information and link to join.
PLEASE NOTE: Registration will CLOSE on Monday, November 14th, 2022. Register early!
If you have questions about our workshops or are interested in teaching a workshop, please contact Alison Laird Craig at (206) 727-6226 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Upcoming 2023 Geriatric Mental Health Workshops
January – Enriching Dementia Personhood in Older Adults through Creativity and the Arts with Angel Duncan, PHDC, MA, MFT, ATR, Thursday, January 12th.
February – Conducting Mental Health Assessments with Older Adults with Terri Haaga, MSW, LICSW, GMHS, Wednesday, February 15th.
March – Implicit Bias in the Therapeutic Treatment of Older Adults: Recognizing Our Own & Embracing New Modalities with Darcia Tudor, JD, LMHC, CWM, Wednesday, March 15th
April – Integrating Caring Justice: Addressing the Needs of Older Adults Released from Prison with Tina Maschi, Phd, LCSW, ACSW and Adriana Kaye, LMSW, Monday, April 24th.
May – Affirming Care for LGBTQIA Elders with Katherine Walter, LICSW, Thursday, May 25th.
More Information and Registration Coming Soon!