Older Adults and Depression

$30.00 | CE Hours:6.00 | Intermediate

Approved by Oregon DHS for AMH, APD and DD

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CE Course Description

This course describes what an evidence-based practice (EBP) for treating older adults with depression is. It also presents factors to consider when choosing an EBP; identifies which EBPs are available for older adults with depression; and describes the available training resources. These interventions are more likely to reduce depressive symptoms in older adults than other interventions when implemented correctly. EBPs covered include psychotherapy interventions, antidepressant medications, multidisciplinary geriatric outreach services, and collaborative and integrated mental and physical health care.

Article Author:  Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Pamela Fischer, Ph.D.
Exam writer:  Patricia Hocking-Walker, M.S. (Psychology)

CE Course Objectives

  1. Know what EBPs are available to help older adults with depression. 
  2. Have sufficient information about EBPs available to identify what will be most effective for a particular older adult or group of adults with depression. 
  3. Be able to evaluate the effectiveness of different psychotherapy interventions for treating depression in older adults. 
  4. Be able to evaluate in what contexts to use psychotherapy interventions, antidepressant medications, or a combination of both.
  5. Assess the potential effectiveness of evidence based collaborative and integrated treatment models for older adults with depression.

ACE credit is not offered for this course. A list of courses offering ACE credit can be found here.


CAADE Approval

This course does not have CAADE approval for CEUs.


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Added On: 01/01/2011

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