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Continuing Education courses about Aging

Social Support and Other Wellness Strategies for Older Adults- Treating Substance Use Disorder in Older Adults (2 credit hours)

Program Summary:   This course explores health, wellness, and recovery strategies for older adults who misuse substances.  The course includes a discussion of positive social supports, complementary therapies, continuing care, relapse prevention, and resilience.  The value of an approach that is strengths-based and trauma-informed is emphasized.  The reading is Chapter 7 of SAMHSA’s TIP 26 Treating Substance Use Disorder in Older Adults.

This course is recommended for social workers, counselors, and therapists and it is appropriate for beginning and intermediate levels of practice.  

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Substance Misuse and Cognitive Impairment- Treating Substance Use Disorder in Older Adults (2 credit hours)

Program Summary:   This course explores substance misuse and cognitive impairment in older adults.  The course examines how cognition in older adults may be affected by alcohol, benzodiazepines, tobacco, co-occurring disorders, and more.  It includes a discussion of screening, diagnosis, treatment, and caregiver stress.  The reading is Chapter 6 of SAMHSA’s TIP 26 Treating Substance Use Disorder in Older Adults.

This course is recommended for social workers, counselors, and therapists and it is appropriate for beginning and intermediate levels of practice.  

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Treating Drug Use and Prescription Medication Misuse in Older Adults (2 credit hours)

Program Summary:    This course explores options for assessing, diagnosing, and treating drug use and prescription medication misuse in older adults.  DSM-5 criteria for SUD are given and include consideration for older adults.  Age-specific treatment options and the SUD treatment continuum of care are examined.  The reading includes Chapter 5 of SAMHSA’s TIP 26 Treating Substance Use Disorder in Older Adults.

This course is recommended for social workers, counselors, and therapists and it is appropriate for beginning and intermediate levels of practice.  

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Treating Alcohol Misuse in Older Adults (3 credit hours)

Program Summary:    This course explores screening, assessment, diagnosis, and treatment options for older adults with AUD.  Screening tools such as AUDIT and SMAST-G are discussed, along with DSM-5 criteria for AUD and considerations for older adults.  AUD treatment approaches such as CBT, PST, TSF, and pharmacological interventions are included.  The reading is Chapter 4 of SAMHSA’s TIP 26 Treating Substance Use Disorder in Older Adults.

This course is recommended for social workers, counselors, and therapists and it is appropriate for beginning and intermediate levels of practice.  

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Identifying, Screening for, and Assessing Substance Misuse in Older Adults (3 credit hours)

Program Summary:    This course explores ways to identify, screen, and assess older clients for substance misuse.  The course provides an overview of screening tools for substance misuse and co-occurring mental disorders. A description of brief and full assessments is given, along with a discussion of age appropriate care for older adults.  Challenges to screening and assessing older clients for substance misuse are explored.  The reading includes Chapter 3 of SAMHSA’s TIP 26 Treating Substance Use Disorder in Older Adults.

This course is recommended for social workers, counselors, and therapists and it is appropriate for beginning and intermediate levels of practice.  

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Older Adults and Substance Misuse: Understanding the Issue and Principles of Care (2 credit hours)

Program Summary:  This course explores how older adults experience substance misuse differently and provides an overview of the unique needs of older adults with substance use disorder.   Screening, diagnosis, and treatment recommendations are discussed along with general principles of care.  The reading includes Chapters 1 and 2 of SAMHSA’s TIP 26 Treating Substance Use Disorder in Older Adults.

This course offers 2 cultural competence credit hours.

This course is recommended for social workers, counselors, and therapists and it is appropriate for beginning and intermediate levels of practice.  

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Adjustment to Cancer: Anxiety and Distress (2 credit hours)

Program Summary:  This course explores the psychosocial adjustment to cancer along a continuum of normal adjustment, psychosocial distress, adjustment disorders, and anxiety disorders.   The course examines distress and coping at each critical stage of the illness.  A discussion of screening, assessment, treatment, and pharmacotherapy is included.

This course is recommended for social workers and counselors and is appropriate for beginning and intermediate levels of practice. Read the complete description of this course…..


Communication in Cancer Care (1 credit hour)

Program Summary:  This course offers important and practical guidance for improving communication in cancer care.  The course explores patients’ differing information needs, communication styles, and decision making styles.  Strategies for communication are given and include research on disclosing bad news.  Cultural and socioeconomic factors affecting communication are discussed.

This course is recommended for social workers and counselors and is appropriate for beginning and intermediate levels of practice. Read the complete description of this course…..


Planning the Transition to End of Life Care in Advanced Cancer (2 credit hours)

Program Summary:  This course examines research and trends in the transition to end of life care.  The good death is discussed from the patient perspective, the health care provider perspective, and the caregiver perspective.  Factors that influence end of life care decisions are discussed along with barriers.  The course offers strategies to improve patient-oncologist communication and decision making in advanced cancer.

This course is recommended for social workers, counselors, and therapists and is appropriate for beginning and intermediate levels of practice.   Read the complete description of this course…..


Depression in Cancer Patients (PDQ) (2 credit hours)

Program Summary:  This course looks at depression in cancer patients and focuses on issues of assessment, diagnosis, and treatment.  The course explores depressive symptoms, risk factors, diagnostic challenges, screening and assessment, treatment options, and pharmacologic interventions.   Additional consideration is given to suicide risk and depression in pediatric patients.

This course is recommended for social workers, counselors, and therapists and appropriate for beginning and intermediate levels of practice.   Read the complete description of this course…..


World Religions and Their Ethical Decisions on Withdrawing Treatment and Determining Death (2 credit hours)

Program Summary:  This course compares religious perspectives on death and end of life decisions.  The course explores Judaism, Christianity, Islam, indigenous faiths, Hinduism, and Buddhism and compares their ethical frameworks for end of life determinations.  Differences between Western traditions, Eastern traditions, and indigenous faith systems are examined.  The course offers clinicians an opportunity to increase competence and proficiency when working with different religious traditions in end of life care.

This course is recommended for social workers and is appropriate for beginning and intermediate levels of practice.  This course is not recommended for NBCC ethics credit.
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Grief, Bereavement, and Coping with Loss (1 credit hour)

Program Summary:  This course explores evidence and practice issues related to grief, bereavement, and loss.  The course examines different types of grief ranging from normal grief to more severe or complicated grief.  Psychosocial and pharmacologic treatment options are offered.  The course also provides a discussion of issues and interventions for grieving children.  Note: This course replaces our previous course, Bereavement, Mourning and Grief.

This course is recommended for social workers, counselors, and therapists and is appropriate for beginning,  intermediate, and advanced levels of practice.  

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Understanding Culture and the Mistreatment of Elders (2 credit hours)

Program Summary:  This course examines how culture influences perceptions of elder abuse and neglect.  The course focuses on five groups:  African Americans, Asian Pacific Islanders, Latinos, LGBT elders, and adults with a disability.  The course looks at how these different groups may  perceive abuse and seek help.  The course also offers culturally informed interventions for working with specific groups.

This course is recommended for social workers and is appropriate for beginning,  intermediate, and advanced levels of practice.  This course is not recommended for NBCC ethics credit.

Participants who complete this course will receive 2 continuing education clock hours. 1 of these clock hours is Ethics and 1 of these clock hours is Social and Cultural Competence
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Lewy Body Dementia (2 credit hours)

Program Summary:  This course explores Lewy body dementia, a common and disabling brain disorder that affects one’s ability to think and move.  The course describes causes, risk factors, symptoms, diagnosis, treatment, and management.

This course is recommended for social workers, counselors, and therapists and is appropriate for beginning,  intermediate, and advanced levels of practice.   Read the complete description of this course…..


Ethical Considerations in End of Life Care (2 credit hours)

Program Summary:  This course examines ethical considerations in end of life care and includes historical perspectives on death and dying, US cultural attitudes, an overview of grief models, professional obligations, and ethical principles.  The course explores key positions offered by the American Medical Association, the American Nurses Association, and the NASW.

This course is recommended for social workers and is appropriate for beginning and intermediate levels of practice.  This course is not recommended for NBCC credit.
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