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


Caring for those Who Care: Meeting the Needs of Diverse Family Caregivers

  • Our upcoming two-part class will be taught on the mornings of Wednesday, January 12th and Wednesday, January 26th (UPDATED DAY, no longer being held on the 19th), 2022.
  • Instructor: Nina Darby from the Diverse Elders Coalition
  • The Diverse Elders Coalition’s training curriculum, Caring For Those Who Care, is a resource for health, social service providers, and aging professionals to learn about the unique needs of diverse family caregivers. From 2018 to the present, the Diverse Elders Coalition, in partnership with the Benjamin Rose Institute on Aging, has conducted national research and developed a comprehensive training program to understand the needs and experiences of diverse family caregivers and the elders they care for. This research was made possible with support from The John A. Hartford Foundation. The research, including a literature review, stakeholder interviews, a national caregiver survey, caregiver focus groups, and analysis, informed the curriculum’s development. The training curriculum focused on the following communities: African American and Black Caregivers, American Indian and Alaska Native Caregivers, Asian American Caregivers, Hispanic Caregivers, LGBT Caregivers and Southeast Asian American Caregivers. Providers will learn about the challenges diverse family caregivers face in caring for their loved ones while navigating health and aging systems. In addition, providers will gain quantitative and qualitative insights into both the primary stressors, secondary strains, and strengths of diverse family caregiver, gather ideas for best practices, and get inspired to enhance services for these communities.
  • 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 held on the Zoom Platform. Part one is on Wednesday, January 12th will run from 9am-12:15pm. Part two will be held on Wednesday, January 19th, from 9am-12:15pm. Instruction begins promptly at 9am on both days.
  • COST: We will be piloting a new sliding scale payment model for this month’s class. Depending on you (or your organizations ability) attendees can choose to attend this two-part series for $115, for free, or pay somewhere in between. Choose one of the payment amounts on the Mobile Cause website or email me with the specific amount you would like to pay, and I can send you a promo code to pay that amount. You can sign up for these workshops here: https://bit.ly/GMHSworkshop


What’s Age got to do With It? A Personalized Look at Ageism

  • Wednesday, February 9th, 11 AM – 1:00 PM
  • Instructor: Dori Gillam
  • Aging is the only identity group of which we are all always a member. Every person is aging and unpacking ageism— and ways to dismantle it — is important work for all of us all, especially in our work with older adult clients. In this interactive and entertaining course, Dori Gillam will help participants explore how us can support the entire aging process, how we can begin valuing people of all ages, and how ageism is as institutionalized and systemic as are racism or sexism. We’ll explore ageism on both the personal and societal level via lecture and group sharing during the session. 
  • CEUS Approved: 2 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 11:00 am and concludes at 1:00 pm. This class will be taught over Zoom. Instruction begins promptly at 11 am.
  • COST: $15.00. You can sign up for the workshop 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.