Older Adults Living With Serious Mental Illness

FREE | CE Hours:1.00 | Intermediate

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CE Course Description

The needs and growth of the older population with serious mental illnesses (SMIs) exceeds the number of behavioral health providers that are trained in geriatric care and the workforce that works most frequently with geriatric populations are not routinely trained in how to recognize or effectively address SMIs.  This CE course provides a broad-based overview of workforce issues to consider when addressing the needs of other adults living with SMI.

Author:  Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.  Older Adults Living With Serious Mental Illness - The State of the Behavioral Health Workforce.  (2019).  PEP#: 19-OLDERADULTS-SMI.  Rockville, MD: Center for Mental Health Services. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.

References / Contributions by:

  1. Vespa, J., Armstrong, D.M., & Medina, L. (2018). Demographic turning points for the United States: population projections for 2020 to 2060. Current Population Reports, Report Number P25-1144, U.S. Census Bureau.
  2. Administration on Aging, Administration for Community Living. (2018). 2017 profile of older Americans. Washington, DC: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. ?
  3. Hinrichsen, G.A., Emery-Tiburcio, E.E., Gooblar, J., & Molinari, V.A. (2018). Building foundational knowledge competencies in professional geropsychology: Council of Professional Geropsychology Training Programs (CoPGTP) recommendations. Clinical Psychology: Science and Practice. ?

Retrieved from:  https://store.samhsa.gov/product/Older-Adults-Living-with-Serious-Mental-Illness-The-State-of-the-Behavioral-Health-Workforce/PEP19-OLDERADULTS-SMI

CE Course Objectives

  1. Describe three ways to prevent or reduce agitation among older adults when there are co-occurring dementias and medical conditions.
  2. Identify the most common mental health condition among older adults.
  3. List three diagnoses that are most commonly associated with SMI.
  4. Name three impairments that occur with age that can complicate the detection and diagnosis of mental disorders and can reduce an older person’s ability to follow through with recommended treatments.

CE Outline with Main Points

  1. The Changing Demographic of the Aging Population
  2. Challenges Faced by a Provider Workforce
  3. Increasing the Number of Providers to Treat Older Adults with SMI
  4. Ideas for Strengthening the Geriatric Workforce to Address SMI
  5. Programs and Services that Address the Needs of Older Adults with SMI
  6. Advancing Evidence-Based Practices and Models for Older Adults with SMI

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: 05/01/2019

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