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

November

PTSD and Aging

  • Wednesday, November 3rd
  • Instructor: Kris Fredrickson, MSW, LICSW
  • Care for older adults can be complicated by a number of factors and comorbidities. PTSD is a disorder that often goes unassessed and treated in older adults. This class will explore the intricacies of PTSD in older adults, Veterans, non-Veterans and those with neurocognitive disorders. It will review the elements to consider in assessment and the challenges involved in offering appropriate support and treatment.
  • CEUS Pending: 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: The class starts 9:00 am and concludes at 4:00 pm. This class will be taught over Zoom. Instruction begins promptly at 9 am.
  • COST: $115 per class. You can sign up for these workshops here: https://bit.ly/GMHSworkshop

December

Caregivers of Older Adults: Conflict and Cooperation

  • Wednesday, December 1st
  • Instructor: Karen Kent, LMHC, GMHS
  • During any given year, 21% of the adult population will be providing unpaid care to an elder or disabled person. Caregiving is identified as one of the top ten most stressful jobs. This class will provide evidence-based tools for assessing caregivers and identifying the support they need. We will explore the causes of conflict among family members and techniques to defuse the conflict. Specifically, we’ll look at improving communication skills, thought restructuring, behavioral modification, and creative ways to improve the environment.  A current caregiver will be a guest speaker and will discuss self-care techniques.
  • CEUS Pending: 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: The class starts 9:00 am and concludes at 4:20 pm. This class will be taught over Zoom. Instruction begins promptly at 9 am.
  • COST: $115 per class. You can sign up for these workshops here: https://bit.ly/GMHSworkshop

REGISTRATION: Please register and pay for the class here.  If online payment doesn’t work for you, or for alternative forms of payment please email maiam@soundgenerations.org

If you have questions about classes prior to signing up, or are interested in teaching a workshop, please contact Maia McCoy at (206) 727-6226 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.