Elder Education Institute

The Elder Education Institute (EEI) at Sound Generations offers educational curricula that addresses the ever evolving concerns and needs of older adults. Formerly known as the Geriatric Mental Health Program, EEI is in the process of expansion and growth to better serve the needs of both professionals, the community and our elders. While our programs have historically been geared toward licensed clinicians and service professionals who work with older adults, we are in process to provide ever increasing course offerings and events to include people who are or have older adults in their lives and seek a deeper understanding of their unique concerns.

EEI will continue to provide outstanding CEU granting workshops for licensed professionals and other professional service providers. 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 professional level workshops are 3-6 hours in duration and are generally held monthly via Zoom. 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.

As the Institute continues to evolve, we will be offering courses that are community oriented and welcome suggestions, collaborations and outreach opportunities that will help us achieve our goal to provide a great depth and breadth of topics of guidance. We are excited at this new threshold and look forward to creating an educational forum where professionals and the public find the training and information needed to address the special needs of our elders so they may age with caring support and dignity.

The Elder Education Institute is designed and managed by Education Specialist, Alison Laird Craig. Sabrina Jones, MSW oversees the professional mental health portion of the program.  Alison can be reached at alisonc@soundgenerations.org if you have questions, suggestions, or would like to teach a workshop.

The Elder Education Institute offers full or partial scholarships to those in need of financial assistance. Please reach out to Alison for more information at alisonc@soundgenerations.org.

Previous workshops have focused on Dementia/Delirium- Diagnosis and Treatment, Long Term Care Planning, Enhancing Dementia Personhood Through the Arts, Elder Law and Pharmacology, Caregivers of Older Adults- Conflict and Cooperation, Elder Abuse and Neglect, Suicide Prevention, Loneliness And Social Isolation in Older Adults and more.


Upcoming Workshops


Coming Full Circle – Understanding the Importance of Early Life Experience and Attachment When Working with Vulnerable Older Adults 
A Day Long Workshop in Two Parts 


Part 1 – What’s New Is Old Again- Attachment and Aging
with Denise Malm, LICSW, GMHS


Part 2 – Inner Family Healing in Older Adults 

with Ashica DeMira, MSW, LICSW, CSW-G, C-SWHC


Wednesday, August 7th, 2024, 9am- 4:30pm

6 CEUs from WMHCA

Scholarships Available

In this day long workshop, we will explore how early attachment and childhood experience can impact older adults, especially as they become more vulnerable, and ways to bring healing to fragmentation and wounding that occurred in early life.  

PART 1 – What’s New Is Old Again- Attachment and Aging with Denise Malm, LICSW, GMHS
The long growing demand for case management, therapy and caretaking services continues to increase with the ageing of the baby boomer generation. Although significant attention has been given to medical and other overt aspects of aging, professionals often overlook the impact of early childhood attachment in the first six years of life in their clinical work with older adults. At each stage of psychosocial development, individuals are faced with a crisis that acts as a turning point in human development. It is the implicit context of attachment to early caregivers that emerge as elders become vulnerable. This workshop will identify the connection between the first six years of life, attachment to caregivers and complex trauma to the issues that older adults may
grapple with as they become more vulnerable and will explore considerations for treatment and interventions. 

PART 2 – Inner Family Healing With Older Adults with Ashica DeMira, MSW, LICSW, CSW-G, C-SWHC

The retrieval of fragmented internal parts has been used among cultures throughout the world, including Western psychology and other therapeutic models.
In this workshop, clinicians will learn how to best support their clients who are working through issues that can emerge later in life that are based in early childhood psychological fragmentation – attachment-based trauma, complex trauma, mood disorders, shadows, abuse, neglect, behaviors of isolation, guilt, emotional dysregulation, low self-worth, perfectionism or self -sabotage and criticism. The training incorporates approaches to Inner Child Reparenting that can complement a clinician’s current clinical skill set. By grounding in the outer elder, the wisdom and resilience within all of us to support connection and access our inner children, we can better support the intergenerational family healing of this practice. The nurturing that starts from within can ripple outwards to improve relationships with the higher self, friends, family, and care teams. We will explore how to overcome the challenges that can emerge out of inner child work and reparenting, several theories & models of care of grief work and tools to effectively connect & heal our inner family members.

In this workshop you will learn to:

1. Understand How Early Childhood Experience Impacts Older Adults
2. Name the Processes of Grief in Reparenting
3. Identify 3 Ways a Critical Inner Parent Presents
4. Name 2 Practices of Supporting the Outer Elder
5. Identify Ways to Support the Loving Inner Parent’s Connection to the Inner Child
6. Define The Enduring Impact of the First Years of Life
7.Understand the Attachment Style Behaviors and their Ability to Receive Help
8. Identify Complex Post Traumatic Stress and Trauma Responses in Elders
9. Explore Person Centered Coping Strategies

Ashica DeMira, MSW, LICSW, CSW-G, C-SWHC is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker with a skilled nursing background. She is a graduate of the University of Washington and holds NASW certifications in both Gerontology and Healthcare Social Work  As an experienced clinician for older adults, families, interdisciplinary teams, caregivers, care communities and healthcare centers, Ashica is well versed in navigating the continuum of care, assisting in understanding hospitals, geriatric psychiatry, post acute care networks, community resources, and long term care. Her work is focused on healthcare social work, mental wellness, historical trauma, family healing, gerontology, multigenerational studies and facilitating intergroup dialogue. Ashica is the owner and founder of Essential Therapy and Consultation, a mobile mental health practice in the Seattle area. 

Denise Malm, LICSW, GMHS is a passionate and engaged clinical social worker and Geriatric Mental Health Specialist. She is the principal of Denise Malm Therapy & Consulting. For more than 30 years, her education and career has followed Erickson’s Developmental life stages, birth through elderhood. Denise practices with a person-centered, attachment-informed approach. Her clinical work integrates the complexities of identity and childhood experiences impacting behavioral health. Denise provides a multitude of services including assessing dementia and delirium, evidence-based interventions for depression, facilitating discussions of end of life wishes, and working with adult children to plan and support their aging parents. Additionally, her community work includes presenting in the Seattle Townhall series on Aging, facilitating Death Cafe’s and offering Personal Safety Net workshops throughout the Northwest.
 
6 Continuing Education credits for Washington State based social workers, mental health clinicians and marriage and family counselors from the WMHCA. Out of state clinicians and service providers are welcome and will receive a certificate of completion. All case managers and other service providers from all industries are also welcome to attend.


9am – 4:30 pm PDT  Wednesday, August 7th, 2024. The workshop begins promptly at 9am, and includes short breaks and a 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 – $150  REGISTRATION IS OPEN   SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE

Registration requires Firefox or Chrome browsers
 

PLEASE NOTE : For those of you with special payment arrangements or organizational group discounts, please contact Alison at alisonc@soundgenerations.org to register.
 


Changing the Way We Serve Older Adults: Exploring Ageism as Implicit Bias

with Jams Stuivenga, LSWAIC, GMHS


Wednesday, September 4, 2024, 9am- 12:30pm

3 CEUs from WMHCA

Scholarships Available

This workshop asks critical questions about the underlying assumptions implicit in working with an aging population. It takes up an historical account of age and aging issues as defined and reinforced in conjunction with other forms of systemic oppression. It looks to alternate and dissenting views and practices of aging that have challenged the prevailing beliefs. It acknowledges the ongoing impacts of ageist beliefs both on individuals and the social landscape. It seeks awareness and action to undo these harms in the service of a more just social reality.
 
In the course of serving older adults, if we lack awareness and insight about the social biases at play in providing senior/geriatric services, we are less effective at respecting the range of experience and significance beyond their age. In turn, we limit the potential for them and all of us to realize a deeper well-being under existing conditions. To change those conditions requires more than patronizing older adults and those understood as vulnerable – we must act in solidarity to meet diverse needs and transform our society.

In this workshop you will learn to:

  1. Describe the concept of ageism and its consequences for older adults.
  2. Identify socio-economic factors that contribute to and perpetuate ageism.
  3. Explain the institutionalization of ageist beliefs in service provision.
  4. Illustrate the socio-biological phenomenon of aging and its implications for all humans.

Jams Stuivenga, LSWAIC, GMHS (they/them/their) is currently the Clinical Supervisor for the Geriatric Regional Assessment Team (GRAT) at Sound Generations. In the last decade, they have worked in a variety of settings providing emergency services (i.e., shelter and hygiene), community engagement, inpatient psychiatric treatment, group therapy, and supportive housing. They graduated from the School of Social Work at the University of Washington where their studies focused on gerontology.

3 Continuing Education credits for Washington State based social workers, mental health clinicians and marriage and family counselors from the WMHCA. All case managers and other service providers from all industries are also welcome to attend.


9am – 12:30 pm PDT Wednesday, September 4, 2024. The workshop begins promptly at 9am, and includes short breaks and a 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 – $90  REGISTRATION IS OPEN   SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE

Registration requires Firefox or Chrome browsers

PLEASE NOTE : For those of you with special payment arrangements or organizational group discounts, please contact Alison at alisonc@soundgenerations.org to register.


Upcoming 2024 EEI Workshops

  • October 23, 2024 Older Adults Who Hoard with Cricket Farr, MA, LMHC, GMHS
  • November 13, 2024 Elder Abuse with Kris Fredrickson, MSW, LICSW
  • December 2024Working with Developmental Disabilities in Older Adults with Zack Siddeck and Tracie Warren