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

May 2022

Elders Who Hoard

  • Wednesday, May 4th, 9am-4:00pm
  • Instructor: Karen Kent, LMHC, GMHS
  • This training will help the participant understand what hoarding entails and the difficulties that come up while working with hoarders. The class will cover causes of hoarding, traits common to hoarders, and the effect of hoarding on communities. It will also identify practical approaches to help hoarders clean up as well as community agencies to involve in the process. The participant will be better able to work closely with hoarders to encourage change while honoring the hoarder’s right to collect items. The most important role the participant will have is to prevent eviction of hoarders.
  • 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: The class starts at 9:00am, includes several breaks and a 1-hour lunch break, and concludes at 4:30pm. This class will be taught over Zoom. Instruction begins promptly at 9am.
  • COST$115.00. You can sign up for the workshop here:

June 2022

Disability Is Diversity & Motivational Interviewing with Older Adults

  • Our upcoming two-part class will be taught on June 1st (9am-11am) and June 8th (9am-1:30 pm), 2022.
  • Instructors: Zack Siddeek, MSW & Tracie Warren, MSW (Part 1). Ken Kraybill, MSW (Part 2)
  • Disability is a form of diversity so often left out of equity and social justice conversations. In Part One of this class, we will explore how biases impact our words and the way we treat people with disabilities, in the context of older adults. If you have a disability, or know, love and work with people with disabilities, you do not want to miss this critical conversation. Part Two of this class we will focus on using Motivational Interviewing (MI) with older adults. MI is a “collaborative conversation style for strengthening a person’s own motivation and commitment to change.” This evidence-based approach is highly relevant for licensed professionals practicing in the geriatric mental health field. This half-day session will provide an overview of the MI approach, the spirit and four processes that guide conversations about change, and the core interviewing skills used in MI to elicit people’s own reasons for change. Participants will be invited to engage in various brief practice opportunities throughout the session.
  • 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 is a two-part class (6 hours total) will be held on the Zoom Platform. Part one is on Wednesday, June 1st will run from 9am-11am. Part two will be held on Wednesday, June 8th, from 9am-1:30pm. Instruction begins promptly at 9am on both days.
  • COST$115.00. 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.