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


We will be taking the month of July off from classes but will pick back up in August. Stay tuned for more details.


Elder Law and Navigating Systems for Elders

  • Our upcoming two-part class (5 total hours) will be taught on August 3rd, 2022
  • Instructors: Meredith Grigg & Laura Vaillancourt, MA, LMHC, GMHS
  • Part-one of this workshop will unpack elder law, including planning for disability and death, guardianships/conservatorships for adults, and probate. We will provide an overview of elder law issues and practice completing and discussing disability planning documents. In part-two of the workshop, we will dig into how to help navigate the systems older adults and their caregivers often encounter including long term care settings, assessing for appropriate levels of care, Medicaid, care planning, and paying for care. Participants will gain knowledge about relocation stress trauma, and how to support older adult clients and their caregivers in navigating systems, understanding their rights, and how to advocate for themselves during challenges they may encounter.
  • CEUS Approved: 5 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, includes several breaks and a 30-min lunch break, and concludes at 3:00pm. This class will be taught over Zoom. Instruction begins promptly at 9am.
  • COST$90.00. You can sign up for the workshop here:

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

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 She will be working with Robin Nelson, LICSW, GMHS who is the clinical supervisor for the GRAT team.