2021 Geriatric Mental Health Specialist Workshops

In 2021, Sound Generations will be taking on the coordination of Geriatric Mental Health Specialist Workshops. These workshops have previously been coordinated by Karen Kent, LMHC, GMHS and more recently by Terri Haaga, MSW, LICSW, GMHS. These six-hour workshops held once a month provide licensed professionals with the opportunity to earn Continuing Education Units (CEU) and stay up-to-date on best practices in the geriatric mental health field. The classes offered qualify for the 100 hours of training required by the State of Washington for the Geriatric Mental Health Specialist certification. Sound Generations recognizes that maintaining good mental health is a vital part of the aging process and practitioners 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. Previous workshops have focused on Dementia/Delirium- Diagnosis and Treatment, Alternative Way of Working with Seniors, End of live Conversations, Elder Law and Pharmacology, Caregivers of Older Adults- Conflict and Cooperation, Elder Abuse and Neglect, Older Adult Assessments, Navigating Systems for Elders and more.

The scheduled workshops are:

  • Wednesday, February 3rd
    • Course Title: Dementia: Diagnosis and Treatment
    • Instructor: Karen Kent, LMHC, GMHS
    • The training is essential for any therapist working with older adults. There are two pathways to take with elders – one if they are cognitively intact and the other if they are cognitively impaired or have a dementia. It is crucial to determine which pathway is appropriate with every older client. This training will prepare therapists to assess for dementia using evidence-based tools and to differentiate between normal aging, dementia, delirium, and depression. The therapist will also be able to educate both the client and their families on treatments available and needed resources.
    • CE’s: 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. 
    • HOURS: This class will be held on the Zoom. The class starts 9:00 am and concludes at 4:00pm. Instruction begins promptly at 9.
  • Wednesday, March 3rd
    • Course Title: Challenging Behaviors in Older Adults living with Dementia
    • Instructor: Amy Moss, LICSW-A, GMHS
    • Participants will learn what Dementia is and is not; what normal aging is vs. dementia; how dementia affects the five senses and about right and left brain science and how to use this information to our benefit when helping a person living with dementia. Time will be spent learning Teepa Snow’s Positive Physical Approach and Hand Under Hand techniques for more effective communication with a person living with dementia.  Common challenging behaviors related to dementia and creative solutions to those challenges will be discussed.
    • CE’s: 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. 
    • HOURS: This class will be held on the Zoom. The class starts 9:00 am and concludes at 4:00pm. Instruction begins promptly at 9.

You can sign up for these workshop here: https://bit.ly/GMHSworkshop

If online payment doesn’t work for you, please email maiam@soundgenerations.org to sign-up and coordinate an alternative payment method.

If you have questions about classes prior to signing up, or are interested in teaching a workshop, please contact Maia McCoy at (206) 727-6258 or via email at maiam@soundgenerations.org. She will be working with Robin Nelson, LICSW, GMHS who is the clinical supervisor for the GRAT team.