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Steven Zarit, Ph.D., and Judith M. Zarit, Ph.D.

Assessing and Treating Mental Disorders in Older Adults

12.0 CE Hours Available

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Participants will be able to:
  • Normal psychological changes with aging
  • The types of disorders that are common in late life and their characteristics
  • How to differentiate normal aging from a mental disorder or disease
  • How to take a detailed history from an older patient
  • How to use mental status testing in initial assessments
  • The uses and limitations of psychometric tests
  • Concepts of competency & issues with older patients
  • Learning effective strategies for working with older patients
  • How to recognize and treat depression and anxiety in older patients
  • The clinician?s role in relation to families
  • When the caregiver needs to be involved in treatment
  • The basics of Nursing Home consultation
  • Keys to successful aging

Topics Covered

The Aging of America and the Role of Psychotherapists
  • The growing market in geropsychology?What is normal aging?
  • How depression and anxiety can look different in older patients
  • Characteristics of dementia and delirium
The Heart of Geropsychology: Differential Diagnosis
  • Taking a lifespan history?Developing alliances with physicians
  • A critical look at mental status exams
  • Putting the pieces of the puzzle together
Getting the Most from Psychometric Testing
  • Which tests have norms for older adults?Which tests are frustrating to use?What you can do to optimize results
  • When do you refer to a neuropsychologist
Multiple Competencies: How to evaluate
  • Legal definitions?Typical competency questions: financial, medical, personal?How to talk to attorneys
The Geropsychologist?s Tools for Effective Treatment
  • Establishing a healthy therapeutic alliance?Determining reasonable treatment goals?Integrating health issues into treatment
  • The role of families
Treating Anxiety & Depression - Ironing out the Wrinkles
  • Treatment works! Outcome studies?Five components of treatment with depressed people?Addressing anxiety symptoms
  • Strategies for working with difficult clients (hint: Axis II)
And Now for the Fun: Working with Families
  • Coaching children in dealing with their aging parents
  • Providing information and support to a caregiving spouse?How to conduct a family meeting?The stable incompatible marital couple
Nursing Home Consultation and Wrap-Up
  • Consultation-Liaison Model?Learning to be a detective (with apologies to Dr. Delaware) - Keys to successful aging

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Extra Test (12 CE Credits)
Extra Test (12 CE Credits)
 $70.00  $56.00 



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  • J&K Seminars, LLC is an AOTA (The American Occupational Therapy Association, Inc.) Approved Provider of Continuing Education (Provider # 5180). The assignment of AOTA CEUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by AOTA.
  • J&K Seminars, LLC is approved by the American Psychological Association (APA) to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. J&K Seminars, LLC maintains responsibility for our programs and contents.
  • J&K Seminars, LLC, provider #1080, is approved as a provider for social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) , (through the Approved Continuing Education ACE) program. J&K Seminars, LLC maintains responsibility for the program. ASWB Approval Period: 01/27/2015 – 01/27/2018. Social workers should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval.
  • J&K Seminars, LLC is a NBCC-Approved Continuing Education Provider (ACEPTM) and may offer NBCC-approved clock hours for events that meet NBCC requirements. The ACEP solely is responsible for all aspects of the program.
  • J&K Seminars, LLC is an NAADAC Approved Education Provider #757
  • State of California - Board of Behavioral Sciences - Courses meet the qualifications for continuing education credit for LMFTs, LPCCs, LEPs and/or LCSWs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences.
  • Florida Board of Clinical Social Work, Marriage and Family Therapy and Mental Health Counseling Provider Number BAP #758
  • J&K Seminars, LLC is a registered social worker continuing education sponsor for Illinois social workers(Lic # 159.000833)
  • Maryland State Board of Social Work Examiners
  • J&K Seminars, LLC SW CPE #0174 has received conditional approval from the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Social Work to offer continuing education to licensed social workers, effective 6/17/2015. The Department may subsequently notify J&K Seminars, LLC that a particular course or courses is/are not acceptable. This conditional approval is in effect until the Department makes a final determination to approve or deny J&K Seminars, LLC application.
  • Pennsylvania Certification Board (PCB) for D&A professionals (ICRC/AODA) # 271
  • All programs have been approved by the Pennsylvania Board of Social Workers, Professional Counselors, and Marriage and Family Therapists
  • J&K Seminars, LLC is an approved provider of continuing education by the PA State Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation
  • J&K Seminars, LLC is an approved provider of continuing education by the Texas Board of Examiners of Marriage & Family Therapists Provider Number # 483
  • J&K Seminars, LLC is an approved provider of continuing education by the Texas State Board of Examiners of Professional Counselors #1835