2021 Geriatric Mental Health Specialist Workshops

As of February 2021, Sound Generations has taken 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 life 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.

Upcoming Workshops

April

Chronic Pain Part One: An Introduction to Understanding the Use of Cannabis and its Derivatives with Older Adults

  • Wednesday, April 7th
  • Instructor: Jake F. Felice, ND, LMP
  • This course will give the participant the background to help navigate cannabis conversations in a clinical setting. We will describe how cannabis works in the human body as well as look at current research on the endocannabinoid system (ECS) and the perception of pain. The course covers how THC, CBD, terpenes and other cannabinoids work in the human body by stimulating the endocannabinoid system (ECS), as well as other therapeutic approaches to influencing this system. Participants will learn how changes to the ECS occur as one ages, and how these can affect recommendations for older adults.
  • CEUS APPROVED: 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 Zoom. The class starts promptly at 9:00am and concludes at 4:00pm.

May

Chronic Pain Part Two: Managing Chronic Pain in Older Adults through a Mind Body Approach

  • Wednesday, May 5th
  • Instructor: Angela Farrar Small (MSW, LICSW, M.Div., M.S.)
  • This course will utilize case studies to discuss the physical, psychological, and social aspects of elders living with chronic pain. We will discuss the thought patterns that decrease the quality of life of those living with chronic pain, and an approach to assessment that builds rapport with clients. This course will cover specific risks related to elders taking opioids for pain, and tools and strategies to help clients manage their pain with fewer medications. Participants will learn a mind-body approach to pain management that they can teach their clients.
  • CEUS APPROVED: 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 Zoom. The class starts promptly at 9:00am and concludes at 4:00pm.

Cost: $115 per class. 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.